Japanese Lemongrass Soup

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I think I am seeing Japanese, I think I am seeing Japanese …. I really think so! I know, I am a total goof but I am so excited about this Japanese inspired recipe. When I was at the market, I noticed that they now have lemongrass in the herb section.  I’d never worked with this tropical herb before, so I decided to pick some up and experiment.  Lemongrass is known for its aromatic citrus flavor with a trace of ginger accents.  Lemongrass is very common in a lot of Asian cuisine.  Next time you are in the produce section, look for lemongrass and try this recipe. This simple soup will be sure to please all members of your family.

Want to bump up the protein? Buy a rotisserie chickens and add in chunks of the dark meat at the very end.

 Ingredients:Japanese Lemongrass Soup

  • 12 oz whole wheat thin spaghetti
  • 8 cups of chicken broth
  • 1 inch of fresh ginger, peeled
  • 1/2 cup of crinkle cut carrots
  • 1/2 cup of snow peas, trimmed and halved
  • 1/2 cup of sliced baby bella mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup of sliced scallions: use white and light greens for soup, dark greens for garnish
  • 2 clove of garlic, peeled and lightly smashed
  • 2  5 inch stalks of lemongrass, split
  • 4-5 sprigs of cilantro, steams removed (hold on to them) and leaves ruffly chopped
  • soy sauce

Directions: 

In a large saucepan, bring broth to a boil.  Add cilantro, lemongrass, ginger and garlic.  Allow broth to infuse for about 10 minutes.  Remove infused ingredients.  Lower  your heat to medium and add spaghetti.  Allow to cook for 5-7 minutes until the noodles are al-dente.  Add in carrots, cook for 2-3 minutes and then add mushrooms.  Remove from heat and add snow peas and scallions.  Add a slash or two of soy sauce to season and garnish with greens. 

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.  Thanks!

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  1. Jeffery Stephan says:

    Lemon oil may be used in aromatherapy. Researchers at The Ohio State University found that lemon oil aroma does not influence the human immune system, but may enhance mood.

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