Beef Coconut Curry Soup

With strong Thai elements, and the unusual addition of ground beef, Beef Coconut Curry Soup is easy, tasty and unique! With strong Thai elements, and the unusual addition of ground beef, Beef Coconut Curry Soup is easy, tasty and unique!

You gotta’ love all the coconut curry soups out there. I enjoy the many winter squash based varieties—but today I was craving something new. 

So when I saw this Beef Coconut Curry soup at Noshing with the Nolands, I was so there. As the author pointed out, you don’t often see these soups made with beef, especially ground beef.  I loved the curly ramen in here too! 

Of course, in my best “add-a-veggie” mode, I also tossed in some julienned rutabaga, leftover from fall’s CSA harvest.  I’d also consider carrots which you can even find pre-cut! A bit of vegetable turns it into more of a complete meal—perfect!

Could this be the something new I was looking for? With strong Thai elements, and the unusual addition of ground beef, Beef Coconut Curry Soup is easy, tasty and unique!

How to Make Beef Coconut Curry Soup

The soup is quick and easy to make. You start by browning the ground beef

Cook the aromatics for a few minutes then add the vegetables and liquids.

When tender, add the noodles and reserved beef

Serve with lime, cilantro and peanuts.

Comments and Serving Suggestions

Since this soup has meat, protein, vegetable and starch, you don’t really need to add anything to it unless you are especially hungry. But a fruit-based dessert or salad might round it out and add even more nutrition. With strong Thai elements, and the unusual addition of ground beef, Beef Coconut Curry Soup is easy, tasty and unique!

I garnished with peanuts, cilantro and lime as recommended, but will probably skip the peanuts next time.  The cilantro and especially the lime added great flavor notes, so those are keepers! 

I was worried that my husband would find this soup a bit spicy or too exotic. In the end, he loved it. Chalk another victory for cooking outside the box! With strong Thai elements, and the unusual addition of ground beef, Beef Coconut Curry Soup is easy, tasty and unique!

Beef Coconut Curry Soup

Beef Coconut Curry Soup

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

With strong Thai elements, and the unusual addition of ground beef, Beef Coconut Curry Soup is easy, tasty and unique!

Ingredients

Soup:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • 3 Tablespoon Thai red curry paste
  • A teaspoon dried chili flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger or ginger paste
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 4 cups broth of your choice
  • 1 can light coconut milk
  • 2 cups julienned (or grated) carrots or rutabaga
  • 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 5-10 ounces ramen noodles

Garnish (optional)

  • ½ cup cilantro stems removed
  • ¼ cup chopped peanuts
  • Lime wedges

Instructions

In a Dutch oven or large saucepan brown the ground beef over medium heat breaking it up well. Add the sesame oil to the beef then transfer to a plate and keep warm.

Reduce heat to medium-low and put the curry paste, chili pepper, soy sauce, honey, ginger, and garlic in the pan. Cook stirring for 1-2 minutes until the mixture is dark and aromatic.

Add the broth, carrots (or rutabaga), sliced mushrooms, coconut milk, and lime juice. Bring to boil then simmer until the vegetable is tender, about 10 minutes,

Return the beef to the pot along with the noodles. Cover and simmer for 5-10 minutes until the noodles are done. Taste, then add salt and pepper if desired.

Serve, garnished with lime wedges, peanuts and/or cilantro.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 422Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 723mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 3gSugar: 9gProtein: 29g

Nutrition data accuracy may vary with product selection, calculator accuracy, etc. Consult a professional for the best information.

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22 thoughts on “Beef Coconut Curry Soup

    1. Inger Post author

      I was so happy when I discovered a jar in my refrigerator! It was like food fate 🙂

    1. Inger Post author

      I’ll bet that would work too. Yes, where would we be without soup on cold nights!

  1. Thao @ In Good Flavor

    I love the ground hamburger twist on this! It’s the perfect soup for the long winter. Adding the veggies is a great way to amp up the nutrition and make the most of your CSA harvest.

  2. David Scott Allen

    Very interesting use of the rutabaga! It is one of my favorite vegetables… And so hard to find. (At least here in Tucson) Wonderful flavors in this dish! Thanks for another great idea

    1. Inger Post author

      Well that makes me feel a little better all the great foods you get locally David 🙂

  3. Christie

    This has all the flavors I love in it!! I’m such a curry fan. And rutabaga (I like to call them swedes) is such a sponge for flavors. Great idea!

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