Shrimp and Noodle Soup

Recipe By : Heavenly Recipes

Breathe in the aromas of cinnamon and ginger as you prepare this flavorful serving of soup. Serve with chili oil and lime wedges alongside.


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Shrimp and Noodle Soup


For the Broth:

6 whole cloves

6 green cardamom pods

5 star anise pods

3 dried chiles de árbol

2 3-inch cinnamon sticks

2 teaspoons black peppercorns

1 bunch cilantro

4 medium shallots, halved through root ends

5 garlic cloves, smashed

2 6-inch pieces lemongrass, tough outer layer removed, lightly smashed

1 4-inch piece ginger, peeled, sliced ½-inch thick

12 cups low-sodium chicken broth

2 tablespoon fish sauce

Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper

For the Paste:

½ cup cashews

1 medium shallot, chopped

1 Fresno chile, chopped

1 3-inch piece lemongrass, tough outer layer removed, finely chopped

1 1-inch piece ginger, peeled, finely chopped

1 tablespoon dark brown sugar

1 tablespoon shrimp paste with bean oil

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

For the Assembly:

4 12-ounce packages ramen noodles

1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined

8 ounces mung bean sprouts

4 scallions, thinly sliced on a diagonal

Fresh tender herbs (such as Thai basil, cilantro, and/or mint)

Freshly ground black pepper

Chili oil and lime wedges (for serving)


    STEP - 1

    For the Broth:

    STEP - 2

    Toast cloves, cardamom, star anise, chiles, cinnamon, and peppercorns in a large pot over medium heat, tossing often, until fragrant, about 2 minutes.

    STEP - 3

    Add cilantro, shallots, garlic, lemongrass, ginger, broth, and fish sauce and bring to a boil.

    STEP - 4

    Reduce heat; simmer until flavors meld, 1–1 ½ hours. Strain into a large bowl, pressing on solids.

    STEP - 5

    Return broth to pot; season with salt and pepper.

    STEP - 6

    For the Paste

    STEP - 7

    Pulse cashews in a food processor until very finely ground.

    STEP - 8

    Add shallot, chile, lemongrass, ginger, brown sugar, and shrimp paste; process until smooth.

    STEP - 9

    Heat oil in a small skillet over medium and cook paste, stirring, until beginning to brown, about 2 minutes.

    STEP - 10

    For the Assembly

    STEP - 11

    Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain; rinse under cold water.

    STEP - 12

    Bring broth to a simmer, add shrimp, and cook until cooked through, about 2 minutes.

    STEP - 13

    Divide noodles among bowls. Add 2 Tbsp. paste to each and ladle broth over; stir to incorporate paste.

    STEP - 14

    Top with shrimp, sprouts, scallions, and herbs; season with pepper.

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