This Massaman curry noodle soup has all the flavor of your favorite Thai takeout, but in cozy vegetable noodle soup form!
massaman curry noodle soup

It might be some sort of faux pas to lust after soup so close to Memorial Day.

So, oops?

And also: better late than never.


In all fairness, it was sub-freezing outside when I first made this and we were fresh off a homemade curry paste high and so in.the.mood for something warm and cozy to thaw our aching bones.

And now it’s breached 80F here in the northeast, not counting the humidity, and we can’t even dream of soup without turning on the A/C.

Okay, maybe I can, but I have the body temperature control of an infant. So. There’s that. But for those of you with a normal hypothalamus. I get it: you’re over it.


But….maaayyyybbeeeee…..there is room for an exception?

Because this soup is SO worthy.

To be honest, it was born of good old fashioned GUILT. The kind that hides itself in the back of your refrigerator and haunts you for weeks until you rediscover it, moldy and unmentionable, two months later. I suspect we’ve all been there.

Well, at the time I couldn’t bear the thought of my precious little homemade Massaman curry paste falling prey to such a terrible fate, so I did what any normal person in the middle of a Northeast winter would do.

I soup’ed it. And I really think you should too.


Sure, it’s warm out and whatnot, but I really think we have room in our hearts for one.more.bowl. Especially one as sweet spicy coconutty noodly perfect as this.

Plus it’s got kale and sweet potatoes and carrots, making it a bikini body super food.

I meeeaaaannn. They don’t call it a (Massaman curry noodle) soup diet for nothing.


You know you want to.

Massaman Curry Noodle Soup
This Massaman curry noodle soup has all the flavor of your favorite Thai takeout, but in cozy vegetable noodle soup form!
Yield: 6 servings
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Anaheim chiles (or other spicy red chiles), seeded and minced
  • 1 tbsp minced ginger
  • 6 medium carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 (14 oz) can coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp massaman curry paste, plus more to taste
  • 14 oz fresh udon noodles
  • 5 oz baby kale
  • salted peanuts, to garnish
  1. In a large Dutch oven or soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic, chiles, and ginger to the pot. Saute for 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add in the carrots and sweet potatoes. Saute for 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently, and then stir in the vegetable broth, coconut milk, and curry paste. Bring to a boil and then lower the heat, simmering for 15-20 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  2. Stir in the udon noodles and baby kale, continuing to simmer until kale is wilted. Season to taste with salt and black pepper, and more curry paste to taste. Serve garnished with peanuts.
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Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 bowl

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47 Responses to Massaman Curry Noodle Soup

  1. Kathryn says:

    I love the sound of this soup! It’s really grey + miserable here at the moment so this colourful and delicious bowl is just what I need in my life.

  2. Those sorts of soups are perfect whatever the weather, I think.

  3. I’m still in awe that you made your own curry paste.
    We’re curry’ing it up this side while wrapped up in two scarves, a beanie and a hoodie.
    This soup is happening!

  4. Johanna GGG says:

    yes of course I want to – it is always the weather for a soup and soup is so forgiving of anything needing to be used quickly – unlike salads that demand the prima donnas from the fridge. Looks delicious – and you know that thai soups are made for summer because thailand is a tropical climate

  5. Personally, I think I could eat two bowls of this soup even it was 90 degrees out. Maybe three!

  6. I’m with you. . good food and curry most definitely falls into that category. . never goes out of season. . bikini body super food?! Haha, I’ll take it! Gorgeous curry noodle soup!

  7. Never over it! I’d eat this if it was 95 degrees out…and just sweat. Who cares. Delicious doesn’t have a season.

  8. I want to faceplant into this bowl of color and flavor!

  9. Monica says:

    A lot of my favorite things all in one bowl. And I don’t care how warm it is out, I can always down a big bowl of noodle soup any time of year! It’s especially irresistible with the sweet potatoes and coconut milk. I can practically smell and taste it!

  10. We eat soup year round and we live in humid old Florida. Soup is good food! As a matter of fact, I brought in leftover Leek and Potato soup for today’s lunch. Yours looks like a hearty and flavorful one. Yum yum.

  11. lauren says:

    What brand massaman curry paste do you use? i’m having a hard time finding it in stores so i think i’ll order it and the options are endless!

  12. Lori R. says:

    Foods like these make me love the Bay Area fog and June gloom even more! It’s the perfect time for a big bowl of comfort like this. It looks so great!

  13. LOVE LOVE LOVE! Would love to dig into this right about now!

  14. Didn’t know it was possible to be unhappy about having pizza for lunch until I saw this soup. Major Thai cravings now. Good thing I’m on board with soup year round!

  15. Massaman curry is one of my favorites! I gotta try it in soup form.

  16. I am a soup person. This curry looks fantastic, Joanne.

  17. Lynn says:

    I like soup in warm weather, too – wish I had some of that right now!

  18. Alissa says:

    I always freeze my extra curry paste when I’ve got a big batch, although that’s really probably not necessary here…I’d eat this soup any time of year. Looks awesome! Massaman is my favorite.

  19. I’m wondering if I was hiding under a rock because I never heard of this soup before in my life. But that doesn’t mean it will stop me from making it lol. I love soup in the spring. Delicious.

    K / House of KTS (formerly of Pure & Complex)

  20. Kate says:

    Maybe it’s because it’s cold. Maybe it’s because I have a cold, but I’m all about soup this week. I just made a huge pot of chicken noodle that I placed in the freezer!

  21. I could LEAP right into that soup, you’ve really captured the essence of comfort in a bowl!

  22. I LOVE Massaman and this soup looks so vibrant – perfect for the weather here down under.

  23. Pam says:

    It’s cold and rainy today – this soup would be perfect for dinner tonight!

  24. YUMYUMYUM! Adore a good hearty soup, especially one with lots of ginger and chile and peanuts. This sounds absolutely perfect, Joanne!

  25. I agree curry never goes out of season. This looks wonderful. I love soup and curry. And yeah you can’t like that paste go south. Excellent soup.

  26. Yum, curry is one of my favorite flavors! This looks absolutely amazing, even in warmer weather!!

  27. Ooooh I could totally do warm curry now. Yum 🙂

  28. tigerfish says:

    Curry? Soup? Bring it on. We have it anytime of the year. 🙂

  29. Christine says:

    This sound so good! Think I’d top it with raw cashews. Like the veg combo with coconut milk, yum!

  30. Sarah says:

    Dang girl this looks so good. I love your recipes so much slash your rationalizing that as long as your recipe has vegetables it must be diet food– this is totally my style 😉 Have you made a Khao Soi recipe before? I feel like if you just added some curry powder to this you’d have Khao Soi!!

  31. Ahh this soup is a healthy one too! Love all the veggies in this one.
    Great job Joanne!

  32. I would gladly eat this soup in the dead heat of July, it looks so good.

  33. easypeasy says:

    All your recipes are always fantastic! I’m inspired by all your good ideas 🙂

  34. mira says:

    My kind of soup! Looks delicious! Pinning to try it!

  35. Kelly says:

    I always have room for one more bowl of soup no matter what time of year. Especially a noodle soup that looks this good. Love the sweet potatoes in here!

  36. Agness says:

    I lived in China for over 3 years so I miss noodles a lot!! They used to be a part of my daily diet, but not anymore. Lovely recipe, girl!

  37. Pass me a bowl of this hearty soup! I love that you used homemade curry paste. I love that you can reheat this for leftovers during the week, too!

  38. This sounds wonderful! I’m a big fan of anything with curry in it so this is right up my alley!

  39. Susan says:

    Spring definitely has its ups and downs and soups is perfect for one of those downright chilly days – especially when it’s loaded with veggies!

  40. Eileen says:

    Hey, it’s never too late (or early) for soup! Especially a nice spicy one like this. Yes please!

  41. Nicola says:

    I’m still eating soup too! Gotta fit in while there is still time.
    PS- I loved that you used the word hypothalamus in a food blog post. #sciencenerds

  42. The soup looks fantastic and so very appetizing.

  43. Asha says:

    I’ll take this over restaurant stuff any day. It looks beautiful, healthy and delicious.

  44. It’s cold enough here for me to try this delicious soup 🙂

  45. I’m sitting at the Cape house. It’s cool, cloudy, and there’s a bit of wind… which means, perfect soup weather. Now I’m totally craving this!

  46. I love to eat sound year round, so I am in.

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