I live in sunny southern California now, so winter isn’t quite like last year when I lived in central New Hampshire (too many -15° mornings for me!). When eating a bowl of this, I couldn’t help but think this would be the perfect meal for a snow day. It’s thick–the stew is somewhere in between a soup and a curry–and the smell of simmering pumpkin and cinnamon would be great after a trek in the snow.
- 1 15 oz can pumpkin
- 4 cups milk
- 1 package (approximately 17.6 oz) gnocchi
- 2 15oz cans black beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon cayenne
- 3 cups kale, ripped
- salt and pepper, to taste
A couple notes: I normally try to make my meals low-sodium, but this stew really does taste better with salt. If you’re sensitive to spicy food, reduce the cayenne and chili powder to taste.
- In a large pot, stir together the pumpkin and milk. Cook until it reaches a boil.
- Add the gnocchi, black beans, chili powder, cinnamon, and cayenne, then return to a boil.
- Reduce to a simmer and cook for ten minutes.
- Add the kale and simmer until the kale is slightly wilted.
- Add salt and pepper, to taste.
Coconut milk + red curry?! This soup is a little bit zesty, a little bit creamy, and a whole lot of delicious.
A note about this dish: on Day 1 it’s a soup, but as leftovers on Day 2 it turns to a curry as the noodles absorb the liquid. It’s totally delicious both ways. If you want it to remain a soup, add some extra coconut milk and water before reheating it.
You can use whatever veggies you like and have on hand, but here’s what I used:
- 1 zucchini, chopped
- 1 yellow squash, chopped
- 1 small red bell pepper, chopped
- ½ can cut baby corn, drained
- 1 large handful snap peas
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 5 tbsp (1 4oz jar) Thai red curry paste*
- approximately 8oz dried udon noodles, cooked (or you can use fresh udon noodles, or another noodle of your choice)
- 2 14oz cans coconut milk (I used one light, one regular)
- ~1 cup water
- cilantro, to garnish
*Most grocery stores carry this in the Asian food aisle. You can also buy it at Whole Foods or Asian food markets. Be sure to look at the ingredients list — not all Thai red curry paste is vegetarian, as some varieties have fish sauce.
- In a wok or deep pot, stir fry the vegetables in the oil for around 5 minutes until slightly softened.
- Add the curry paste and stir until the vegetables are well coated.
- Add the coconut milk and the noodles.
- Add water until it’s the desired consistency. I added around a cup of water. Note that the noodles will absorb liquid over time, so if you’re storing this to serve later, don’t add the water now; add the water just before serving.
- Simmer for five more minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Serve with chopped cilantro.