Hot healthy broth

Hot healthy broth

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A Lot on Her Plate
Serves
2
Photographer
Helen Cathcart

Whenever I start to feel like I might be coming down with something, I bust out this quick, easy noodle soup and it’s always a comfort. It reminds me of the Vietnamese noodle soup pho and is packed full of nutrients and health-giving ingredients like ginger, chilli and garlic. It’s incredibly versatile because you can add whatever veg you might have lying around, adding fresh herbs, vegetables, bean sprouts and noodles of your choice. This is also a satisfying and light dish if you’re trying to be good, or doing a fast diet, as it has hardly any calories (depending on what you put in it).

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient

Base

Quantity Ingredient
800ml Chicken stock (+ poached chicken breast)
or 600ml stock, mixed with 200 ml water
1 teaspoon brown sugar
thumb-sized piece fresh ginger, grated
2 spring onions, finely sliced
1 garlic clove, finely sliced
chestnut or shiitake mushrooms, sliced
1/2 bird’s-eye chilli, finely sliced
1 carrot, grated
2 teaspoons fish sauce
lime, to garnish

Optional extras

Quantity Ingredient
handful bean sprouts
poached or roasted chicken, shredded
fresh coriander leaves
fresh mint leaves
1-2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice, to taste
udon or rice vermicelli noodles, blanched in hot water
kale, stems removed and leaves chopped
freshly ground black pepper

Method

  1. Put all the base ingredients, except the fish sauce and lime, in a saucepan and simmer gently for 5 minutes. Season with fish sauce and lime juice, and pour into deep bowls. If you wanted to make this with noodles and chicken, pour it over some blanched rice vermicelli or udon noodles and shredded chicken at this stage. Garnish with fresh herbs, bean sprouts and a squeeze of lime. Season with black pepper.
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