Curried turkey noodle soup in bowl

Curried turkey noodle soup

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(19 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 4

Turkey isn't just for Christmas. Packed with protein, vitamins and lean too, it makes a great substitute for that other white meat

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal480
  • fat10g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs56g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre2g
  • protein33g
  • salt1.17g


  • 1-2 tbsp Thai red curry paste, depending on taste
  • 1l chicken stock
  • 500g/ 1lb 2oz skinless turkey breast, cut into strips



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  • 225g thin rice noodles
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and sliced
  • 300g beansprouts


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  • 400ml can reduced-fat coconut milk
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  • juice 1 lime



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  • 2 tsp sugar



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  • small handful coriander


  1. Heat a large saucepan and fry the curry paste for 1 min, until fragrant. Tip in the stock and bring to the boil, then throw in the turkey and cook for 5 mins. Add the rice noodles and cook for 3 mins more.

  2. Add the pepper and beansprouts and cook for 2 mins more. Add the coconut milk, bring to a simmer, season with the lime juice and sugar, then spoon into bowls, sprinkle with the coriander leaves and serve.

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29th Oct, 2019
This was possibly the first BBC Good Food recipe that I wasn't a fan of. I would still try it again (because I do love laksa) but use 3tbs of paste and the fresh ready noodles rather than dried. The turkey was so bland that I think I'd replace with chicken and maybe sauté it in the curry paste to add flavour.
15th Oct, 2019
Delicious and easy recipe!
7th Mar, 2017
Was looking for a recipe with turkey as I had forgotten I had it and came across this one. It has now become a firm favourite. So delicious and so easy to make1
25th Dec, 2015
For an authentic laksa recipe inspired by versions I have eaten in Malaysia and Indonesia please check out my food blog. My recipe is for the curry Mee variety which originates from penang. I guarantee that it will trump this recipe any day!
9th Apr, 2015
This is delicious!.. I have made this many times now and is a firm favourite in our house and apparently I have to make it at least once a week!.. Very authentic too.
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8th Jan, 2015
Really nice recipe I made it for only the 2 of us so halved everything. I added some extra veg and both myself and my 8 year old really enjoyed it.
18th Jan, 2014
Not a true laksa! I'd call this a far-Eastern inspired soup. Made it with full-fat coconut milk and it was OK, but I won't be making it again.
30th Dec, 2012
Really enjoyed this as i love oriental spicy soups - I'll make it with chicken next time though as the turkey just takes quite turkey like!
27th Aug, 2012
Really quick and very tasty. I used full fat coconut milk, seasoned it with fish sauce, used palm sugar and swapped the beansprouts for green beans and baby corn :) Delicious!
23rd Aug, 2012
This was easy to make, tasted nice enough and seemed to make loads but I don't think I'll rush to make it again. I know it defeats the "low fat" aspect of the recipe but I think I'd prefer to use full fat coconut milk as the reduced fat stuff didn't add much flavour it just made the sauce look creamier.


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