This soup is beautiful. I don’t think there is another word for it. Clean, fresh, refreshing . . . those come close. I think it’s the combination of the aromatic, zingy ginger and the gentle but persistent heat of the chili flakes and green onions butting up against the fresh veggies and cilantro, the substantial Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Egg Noodles, and lots of good-quality vegetable broth. The slices of sirloin steak on top are an enticing contrast, more of a tasty garnish than the main event. I think if you took any one piece of the equation away, it might all fall apart.
I know it might seem a little odd to use egg noodles in this soup; maybe you were expecting rice noodles, like a vietnamese pho. But I think white rice noodles are just filler. The combination of whole wheat and a touch of egg add just the right amount of body to the soup, which doesn’t otherwise have a lot of fat. I love biting into the soft noodles along with a slightly crisp carrot or slice of squash. These noodles are just as good in this slightly exotic dish as they are in a comforting chicken noodle soup. Read More »
Butternut squash is often too sweet and dessert-like for me to like it in main dishes; but here; we’re getting serious with some big, bad flavors like crushed red pepper, some garlic for heat, and deep dark red chard. These flavors take this dish from quick & easy to quick, easy, and awesome. One note to the doubters: the combo of pasta and squash was new to me at first, but I’m game for pretty much any food experiment. And now I really like the combination. Cut the squash into smaller cubes if you’re unsure about it. (And finding pre-peeled and cubed squash in the fresh or frozen section is a GREAT timesaver.) Read More »