This vegan chowder is infused with rich Thai curry flavor and hearty sweet potatoes, making for one healthy comfort food bowl!
coconut-vegetable thai chowder

Not pasta, again?!” is the incredulous statement The.Boy has uttered at every meal this weekend that I’ve put in front of him that has not consisted of pasta and/or bagels.

Which…is the majority of meals that I’ve put in front of him this weekend.

He’s really taking this whole “carb loading” thing to heart. In the most classical sense of the phrase.

And I’m kind of a carb loading rebel. Who is into more “alternative” carbohydrate sources.


And so lately, I’ve been all about the potato. Mostly of the sweet variety, although I did hand him a large bowl of mashed potatoes yesterday that he was quite content with.

It helps your case when the California Sweetpotato people send you a box of approximately 20 of them. Not exaggerating.

(Okay, maybe exaggerating slightly. They probably sent 12. Still. A lot of sweet potatoes.)

It would be a crying shame to have that many tubers on hand, in this kind of chilly weather, and to not make chowder. So, being that I am occasionally one who does as she’s told, I did.

And I Thai-ified it. All that rich stick to your soul red curry flavor in one big coconutty broth bowl. It was totally irresistible. And so full of healthy carbs I could hardly take it.

Except I could. Take a large bowl of it. And slurp away. Happily.


Speaking of getting things in the mail – GIVEAWAY!!

You might remember that for the past two weeks, I’ve been eating my way through The New Southwest: Classic Flavors with a Modern Twist by Meagan Micozzi of Scarletta Bakes. And loving pretty much every bite of it. Her migas made my heart skip a beat and her vegan puffy tacos got the.boy to eat ALL THE ROOT VEGGIES.

And now, because I can’t possibly keep all this cookbook love to myself, I (along with a few other awesome bloggers) are giving away 14 COPIES OF HER COOKBOOK!  Here’s how to enter:

1. Mandatory Entry: Leave a comment on this blog post letting me know what your favorite Southwestern dish is.

2. Check out the myriad of option entries in the rafflecopter below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Hippocrene will be supplying 14 copies of The New Southwest by Meagan Micozzi for this giveaway, in conjunction with The New Southwest Cookbook Spotlight.  Contest is open to anybody with a shipping address in the USA.  Submissions will be accepted via the rafflecopter widget through 11:59 pm ET on Sunday, November 3, 2013.  Fourteen winners will be chosen by random draw, verified, and be notified by email (from Heather at girlichef) within 48 hours of the close of this contest.  The winner should respond within 24 hours of notification, or a new winner will be drawn in their place.  Good Luck!


One year ago…Banana Cake with Mocha Frosting and Salted Candied Peanuts

Two years ago…Chickpea Potpie with Cornbread Crust, Vegetarian Butternut Squash Carbonara

Three years ago…Thai Sweet Potato and Winter Squash Pot Pie, Pumpkin White Chocolate Chunk and Candied Ginger Blondies

Four years ago…Pumpkin Apple Pie, Warm Kabocha and Chickpea Salad with Tahini Dressing

Coconut-Vegetable Thai Chowder
This vegan chowder is infused with rich Thai curry flavor and hearty sweet potatoes, making for one healthy comfort food bowl!
Yield: 6 servings
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 block extra firm tofu, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 basil leaves
  • 1 tbsp minced, peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 cups light coconut milk
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp Thai red curry paste
  • 2 lb sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 1 large carrot, cut into matchstick strips
  • ½ lb sugar snap peas, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  1. Heat the oil in a heavy, large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add in the tofu, onion, basil leaves, ginger, jalapeno, and garlic. Cover and cook until the onion begins to soften, about 4 minutes. Add the coconut milk, vegetable broth, sugar, soy sauce, and Thai red curry paste. Bring to a simmer.
  3. Stir in the sweet potatoes and carrot pieces. Add more water or vegetable broth, if necessary, to cover the sweet potatoes. Cover and simmer until tender, about 10-15 minutes.
  4. Add in the sugar snap peas and bell pepper. Simmer for a few minutes, or until tender.
  5. Season to taste with soy sauce, salt and pepper.
Adapted from Bon Appetit
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ⅙th of recipe


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88 Responses to Coconut-Vegetable Thai Chowder #giveaway

  1. Margarita says:

    This looks so delicious. I love Thai food and chowders at this time of the year is what we all need. I would definitely eat this over pasta anytime!

  2. I’m a big fan of this chowder, even if it is not pasta. 🙂 It looks thick and stick-to-your-bones good. Definitely need it now, since the weather is getting chilly and fall is really in full swing. Hooray!

  3. Susan says:

    So I’m guessing there is no way to uncoconutify (is that a word?) this soup? Just not a fan of it, but everything else sounds amazing and by brother just brought back Kaffir Lime Leaves from India so I’m looking away to use them – this chowder would be perfect.

    • joanne says:

      The original recipe in Bon Appetit called for carrot juice so I’m thinking you could sub that instead, with some regular milk to add the hint of cream!

  4. You had me at coconut!! Love this chowder 🙂

  5. This is such a gorgeous chowder – and for some reason it makes me want a Red Stripe (!?).

    And I wanted to say thanks for being a part of The New Southwest Cookbook Spotlight, my friend. 🙂

  6. A chowdah (said Boston style) with sweet potatoes and thai flavors? Count me in!

  7. Katherine says:

    This looks delicious! I love the flavors of coconut curry!
    As for Southwestern food, tacos are a staple of my diet.

  8. My fav southwestern dish is definitely anything with Mexican influence, like quesadillas or tortilla soup! Yum, I love this dish – and good luck in the marathon this weekend!!!!

  9. Simone says:

    This looks great- I made something like this last night actually! So good.

    And my favorite southwestern dish would probably have to be migas or tacos.

  10. I want this in my body so, so, bad. YUM!

  11. Pam Ellis says:

    My favorite southwestern food and a staple of my diet. Burritos. You can stuff a tortilla with just about any combination of beans and cheeses and I’m happy woman.

  12. Warm, seasonal, and hugs both the palate and soul. What more could you ask from a chowder? Well done, Joanne!!

  13. Jessie says:

    Joanne, you would LOVE the place Peter and I went this past weekend – it featured squash from around the world plus all the squash and root veggies you could ever want! This chowder looks amazing! It’s a great use of your leftover sweetpotatoes – actually, I have a few left, too, and this chowder looks like a perfect way to use them up!

    Would it be lame if said fajitas were my favorite dish? 😉

  14. Abby says:

    Tofu thai curry is my go to order! Love this spin on chow-dah 🙂 My fav southwest dish is probably barbacoa tacos (is that considered southwest?!) with pickled onions!

  15. I am a big carb person myself and will always take a bowl of pasta over anything else. This chowder sounds mighty delicious!!! And best Southwestern food has to be tacos with anything – the possibilities are limitless.

  16. Victoria says:

    Do prickly pear margaritas count as a favorite “dish”? I pretty much love anything that utilizes prickly pears and I rarely get to indulge because they aren’t as easy to attain outside of the Southwest!

  17. Johanna GGG says:

    wow that is tough to have to eat all those sweet potatoes 🙂 glad to hear they are being put to good use

  18. I do love a good curry, and this looks so yummy! We’ve been carboloading a lot this past week in preparation for the marathon- Nate will only accept carbs in the form of pasta, haha. I guess that’s a boy thing.

  19. I love Thai cuisine. This veggie chowder looks yummilicious!

  20. I would be SO happy to get a giant box of sweet potatoes… and even happier to eat whatever you cook up with them:-)

  21. Yum! Carbo loading is a tough balance…it’s so easy to go overboard with the pasta!

    My favorite southwestern dish is probably fajitas…boring, I know!

  22. My favorite southwest dish is Brown Rice Burritos with beans and sauteed onions and bell peppers.
    Great looking curry dish and photos too!

  23. Kari M says:

    My favorite southwest dish would be tortilla soup!

  24. kim says:

    i love quesadillas!!

  25. Karen says:

    When my daughter was about 10, she said, “Mom, what’s for dinner tonight… and could we have something else besides spaghetti?” Ha! I’m with the boy on this one!

  26. Haha upset about NOT getting pasta? Most guys would be upset about not having a slab of steak! How funny.

  27. sandra says:

    well, chili beats everything, hands down. Sorry, leaves much in the way of imagination… but it’s the doggone truth!

  28. Kathleen says:

    Quesadillas! Any kind of quesadilla! As a teenager, I would make them for myself several times a week. Now, decades later, I am still never tired of them!

    I make a Thai veggie curry very similar to this recipe of yours, but I never thought of using sweet potatoes. This is on the menu for tomorrow night!

  29. I am loving this chowder. With the Winter approaching, soups and chowders are where it’s at for me! Tortilla soup, here I come all the time!

  30. Megan says:

    Ooh. Chowder definitely looks like a great use for all those sweetpotatoes!

  31. This looks and sounds delish! I love anything with thai curry! YUMMM!

  32. I get the “can’t you just make something without taking pictures?” comment every day… the answer is no, in case you were wondering. 😉

  33. There are so many Southwestern dishes to choose from, its difficult to choose WITCH dish is the CAT’s meow! And, we don’t stand a GHOST of a chance to win this little BOO-NANZA; but it would be an ALMOND JOY to be the winner some day. We send you our HERSEY KISSES and MUMMY thanks from the bottom of our SOULS for this is a gracious give-away you’re giving this FALL.
    Thanks again for a FANG-TASTIC post!

  34. I never made the connection before, but creamy chowder and rich Thai curries are in the same comfort food camp! I love that you’ve fused the two. So many flavours in there…

  35. Kate says:

    We’ve been doing a lot of pasta lately too, but took a break for some vegetable soup. Although, is it still vegetable soup if there’s pancetta in it? Probably not.

  36. Pam says:

    Mmmm mmmm good! It looks like a big bowl of comfort.

  37. Caitlin says:

    My favorite is taco soup!

  38. Emily Leung says:

    I’ve never tried sweet potato and curry before but this looks delicious!

    My favorite southwest dish would probably be tacos and guacamole!

  39. Yay, I’m carb-loading as wll for Sunday’s half marathon and I’m so happy to see reicpes like this! I’m not a big fan of pasta myself, and I definitely can live without plain potatoes. I’ll be trying this anytime soon ;D

  40. Eileen says:

    If he doesn’t like it, he can make his own dinner! 😉 I think this chowder looks fantastic. Yes to all the veg!

    I on’t even know what my favorite southwestern dish is–maybe all of them? It’s way too hard to choose! Perhaps an amazing chile relleno? But I have to say I’m Californian enough now that fish tacos will always be the closest to my heart.

  41. Emma says:

    Yum Yum Yum! I’m all about the curries at the moment, especially ones with coconut milk. I posted a Thai Tempeh Red Curry just the other day 🙂

  42. Kaitlin Sickle says:

    tacos, without a doubt!

  43. Beth says:

    So disappointed I can’t enter this giveaway. I love your chowder though!

  44. gloria says:

    I love thai cuisine and this look so good!

  45. What a totally perfect, fall-friendly, mouthwatering curry you have going here! It’s so rare to find a good vegetarian curry. I have to make this stat.

  46. Perfect soup Joanne – so comforting and full of flavor but still healthy!

  47. Erica says:

    What a filling and comforting dish,Joanne! I love Thai flavors…delicious recipe!

  48. debbie says:

    My favorite southwestern dish has to be black bean and corn salad. Just so good. Thanks for this recipe Joanne…..always have firm tofu on hand and my husband just picked up 2 huge sweet potatoes from the farmers market!!!! Yay for me!!!!

  49. Sara says:

    Guacamole! Or really anything involving avocados!

  50. Kelster says:

    Burritos for me.
    This looks amazing. This needs to be on the menu next week.

  51. Cori says:

    I love black bean and sweet potato poblano salad

  52. Hotly Spiced says:

    Good luck to all those with a US address. I love the look of your chowder and how neatly you chopped all your vegetables – mine tend to look a little more ‘rustic’. I also love how you Thai-ified it – my favourite cuisine xx

  53. How can I not like anything which has coconut in it. Looks so good Joanne.

  54. Now that is one big bowl of goodness! Plus, I would love to get a dozen sweet potatoes in the mail. They are my favorite carb.

  55. jacquie says:

    i’m not even sure what southwest food is which is why I so need to win this book.

  56. Does BBQ count?? Is southwestern food all texan? omgee IDK

  57. Veronica says:

    Oh man, this is sooo calling to me! You are mean to the pregnant woman who stays up too late reading blogs and gets hungry! 😉 My fave southwestern dish is a casserole with chicken in it and cornbread with jalapenos and bacon on top. Whee!

  58. The.Boy doesn’t know how lucky he has it. This vs. pasta? No contest, at all!

  59. ramblingtart says:

    I love the sounds of your delish chowder. 🙂 My favorite Southwestern dish is pico de gallo – absolutely. It makes so many things taste exquisite. 🙂

  60. Jeanette says:

    I’m a huge fan of red curry – just picked some up yesterday. Love it in your chowder recipe – sounds fantastic!

  61. sandra says:

    this dish looks so light and airy – like a day in spring… I am sure it is very filling

  62. Heather says:

    I think burritos of some sort. Lately I like mine stuffed with beans and quinoa.

  63. Yay for red curry and coconut milk! This looks like a hearty and healthy bowl of goodness. 😉

  64. Love this chowder. Great way to warm the body and fill the tummy in this cooler weather.

  65. Tashween Ali says:

    Yum! I would love to try this with pumpkin as well. For the giveaway= Southwestern chili!

  66. Tee says:

    I get all warm inside just looking at this recipe.

  67. Reeni says:

    How convenient to get all those sweet potatoes in the nick of time! Makes for some delicious carb loading. I am loving on this chowder! Coconut curry is just plain dreamy.

  68. Oooooo love the coconut-based soup!

  69. elizabeth e says:

    hmmm. favorite mexican dish? i think i’d have to say tacos — just so versatile! they can be made in so many different ways, and what isn’t better than a tortilla that automatically comes with guac and cheese?

  70. Chris says:

    My favorite Southwestern would be a pork stew with green chiles, especially on a cold cloudy day.

  71. my fave southwest dish is a corn casserole with cream cheese & green chiles from my great aunt. yum!

  72. Ashley says:

    I love tacos in any form! As for soups – this chowder looks fantastic! I love thai flavors in soup, and this one looks nice and hearty without all of the meat that’s usually in there. Not that I dislike meat, but, you know… options!

  73. Monica says:

    Would love the book! Migas is one my favorite southwestern dishes.

    And this chowder looks delicious. Going on my menu this week!

  74. Jen R says:

    Chili is the best!

  75. lyn says:

    I love tortilla soup

  76. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    This chowder looks incredible! I love thai flavors 🙂

  77. Micke says:

    My mother makes such a great chowder which looks (and certainly) tastes as good as yours 🙂

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