Instant jar soup Learn

My soul and hands belong in the kitchen. It’s my happy place, and best of all is that it allows me to gift happiness to others.

In 2019, I created a virtual gourmet group called “Kaust, what have you cooked today?”, which now counts 510 members. During lockdown the group really blossomed as I was also sharing inspirational posts/recipes.

As for the themed cooking challenges, they really made a difference when the lockdown first started. The challenges were very well received because everyone was at home, cooking more than usual, since the restaurants were closed.

Both have kept our spirits up in time of isolation.

Instant jar soup

Instant jar soup

 I made myself a Thai inspired version (I have used boiling water mixed with Thai Basil paste, Tom Yum paste, galangal paste, fish sauce and lime juice).  For the toppings, I chose cornstarch vermicelli, grated carrot, blanched green beans, Chinese cabbage, fresh chilli and coriander leaves. Awesome quick meal option that can be done way ahead and be customised to each of your family members taste. ⁣ Below I am giving you a few ideas on how to put these together.

For the ingredients, the sky is the limit:

  • Carbs (noodles, rice, quinoa) or spiralized vegetable noodles. ⁣
  • Veggies (finely sliced mushrooms, edamame, beans, chickpeas, lentils, grated carrots, cabbage, bok choy, sweet corn, peas, ginger, chilli, spring onions, shallots, leek, finely sliced kale rubbed with a bit of salt, zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, bell pepper, tomatoes, bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, water chestnuts, peanuts, seeds).⁣
  • Herbs (basil, parsley, coriander, dill, oregano, chives). ⁣
  • Proteins (tofu, tempeh, seitan, shredded chicken, turkey, duck, beef, lamb, seafood, fish, boiled egg)⁣.
  • Broth (combination of your favorite vegetable, chicken, beef or just top the jar with boiling water after you've put on the bottom of the jar your favorite flavouring like: sambal, coconut milk, harissa paste, Tom yum paste, ginger or galangal paste, lime or lemon juice, fish sauce, soy sauce, miso paste, tamari, red curry paste, tomato sauce)⁣

Instructions :

  • Start layering the jar with the pastes and seasonings if using, then the other ingredients starting with the denser ones. (If using cooked noodles put them on top of the seasonings, but if using instant or vegetable noodles put them on the very top so they don't get soggy)⁣
  • Close the jar and refrigerate until ready to use. The beauty of these jar is that they last in the refrigerator up to 4 days so they can be made well ahead.⁣
  • When you're ready to serve take the jars out 5-10 minutes before to come to room temperature.⁣
  • Pour on top the boiling broth or water, close the lid and let rest for 5 minutes.⁣
  • Mix and enjoy! ⁣

Stay healthy and happy cooking!