1 Hour 30 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: about 1 1/4 cups)
This amazingly nuanced soup is the stuff we dream about on cool fall nights. Grab a bowl, a fuzzy sweater, and a serving of this easy fall soup and get ready for a dinner to remember. Save this recipe for nights when comfort food is a must and you want your house to smell amazing; the slow simmer is guaranteed to accomplish that! Shredded butternut squash will melt beautifully into the congee; use a box grater or the shredding disc of a food processor. Pick up some crusty bread to serve alongside this perfect autumn soup recipe; you won't want to miss a drop!
- 1/3 cup uncooked long-grain white rice
- 2 1/2 teaspoons canola or other neutral oil, divided
- 12 ounces butternut squash, peeled and shredded
- 4 cups unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)
- 1 cup water
- 1 1/2 teaspoons fish sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 (1-in.) piece fresh ginger, very thinly sliced
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
- 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh Thai basil
- 1 to 2 Tbsp. coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
- Calories 149
- Fat 3.1g
- Satfat 0.3g
- Monofat 1.9g
- Polyfat 0.9g
- Protein 7g
- Carbohydrate 24g
- Fiber 2g
- Cholesterol 0.0mg
- Iron 2mg
- Sodium 397mg
- Calcium 68mg
- Sugars 4g
- Est. added sugars 1g
How to Make It
Place rice in a bowl; cover with water. Stir vigorously for 10 seconds to release starch; drain well. Place rice in a food processor; pulse until very finely chopped.
Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a medium saucepan over medium. Add rice and squash; cook 1 to 2 minutes. Add stock, 1 cup water, fish sauce, and salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, partially cover, and simmer 1 hour and 15 minutes or until congee is creamy, stirring occasionally.
Heat remaining 1 teaspoon oil in a skillet over medium. Add ginger; cook 8 minutes or until golden and crisp, stirring frequently. Place ginger on a paper towel-lined plate; cool.
Stir sugar and pepper into congee. Divide among 4 bowls; top evenly with basil, cilantro, and ginger.
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