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Asian Noodle Soup with Ground Pork and Peanuts

This simple and satisfying soup is perfect for a quick meal on a chilly night. Then again, this peanut and scallion Asian noodle soup is perfect anytime.

Asian pork and noodle soup

This basement redo has me exhausted and when a quick meal is in order there is nothing better than this Asian noodle soup.

I’ve had this homestyle recipe in my files for awhile and figured with the busy times approaching you might appreciate it. 

Is this a Vietnamese recipe or a Thai recipe or just a simple combo of Asian ingredients? I would say the latter.

There is no fish sauce in this, nor is there coconut milk. But there are lots of peanuts and peanut butter. However if you want to change the profile of this pork noodle soup it can easily be arranged!

Asian Pork and Peanut Noodle SOup

Let’s start from the beginning, shall we? This recipe calls for ground pork. Feel free to sub in your favorite ground meat of choice.

Sour and salty flavors are essential to this soup. Sour pickles, such as dill or cornichons work great and if you do have salted mustard greens, feel free to use those and consider yourself more authentic!

Made with chicken broth, this soup can be made with real chicken broth, canned chicken broth or chicken bouillion from the jar. I use this and just mix it in to hot water to create my broth. 

Since 6 cups of broth are used, if you want more of a Thai profile, coconut milk could be subbed in for some of the broth.

Asian noodle Soup with pork

Noodles, one of my favorite ingredients, can be your choice. Rice noodles work great, but I prefer the pappardelle egg noodles from Trader Joe’s. These don’t get soggy even if you have leftover soup and eat it the next day. Plus they add a bit of richness to this simple soup.

Peanut sauce is essential and in this case it is a matter of mixing together some peanut butter, soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar and rice vinegar. Chili flakes are added to taste. Want to sub in fish sauce instead of soy? I see nor reason why you can’t!

That’s it, besides lots of scallions. I chopped up an entire bunch for this Asian noodle soup. No scallions? Even though they add loads of flavor, feel free to stir in some greens even if it is just for color.

There you have it. A satisfying dinner that comes together in about 15 minutes. I could use more of these!

Asian Noodle Soup

This basement remodel is work! I’ve been on my hands and knees paper bagging my floor for over 6 hours now and am only half way finished!

Don’t know what paper bagging is? Basically I’m decoupaging brown craft paper to  my floors. After staining and sealing with polyurethane they should look pretty good. Not sure how my knees will look though!

Manservant is moving slow on the demolition end which involves tearing out the kid’s playhouse. He built it too well, way back when!

Then we are adding lights and the drywall man comes in. Painting is the last step because we couldn’t get the electrician here first. Manservant suggested I start a do it yourself blog!

If it all comes together we will have phase one of this project completed by November 20th when Zoe and Evan show up. 

Yes, I am cooking for Thanksgiving, but this year is all about keeping it simple. Truth is…I’m not very good at that. Except for this Asian noodle soup…so good!

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Asian Peanut Pork Soup

Asian Noodle Soup with Ground Pork and Peanuts

5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars 2 Stars 1 Star 5 from 3 reviews
  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 Minutes
  • Total Time: 30 Minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Asia


This simple and satisfying Asian noodle soup is great when you need a quick meal on a chilly night!


Units Scale

2 t peanut or canola oil

1/2 lb ground pork or your choice of ground meat

1/4 c finely chopped sour pickles or pickled mustard greens

Peanut sauce:

3 T peanut butter

3 T soy sauce or fish sauce

3 T roasted sesame oil

3 T sugar

2 T rice vinegar

1 t red chile flakes or to taste


6 c chicken broth or 4 c chicken broth with 1 can of coconut milk

8 oz fettucine, rice noodles or pappardelle or rice noodles (Depending on your choice of noodles, they may need to be cooked first. I cooked the pappardelle al dente, before adding to soup.) If you have fresh noodles there is no need to cook first. Just add them to soup.

1 bunch scallions, finely chopped

1/4 c finely chopped roasted and salted peanuts

Toasted sesame seeds for garnish (optional)


In a 6 quart pot, add oil and ground meat. Stir over high heat until meat is crumbled and lightly browned, about 5 minutes.

Mix pickles and peanut sauce with meat. Add broth and cover pot.

If using fresh noodles, add them now and cook for about 3 minutes until pasta is just tender.

Stir in scallions and serve! Top with toasted sesame seeds if desired.


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Karen (Back Road Journal)

Thursday 12th of November 2020

Your soup sounds different and delicious, perfect for this time of the year.


Monday 2nd of November 2020

Over here literally drooling! Not only do we love your ingredient list but your photos are lip smacking delicious. All we need is a bowl of this on these cold snowy days. Yes, snow... don't even get me started. (smiling)


Monday 2nd of November 2020

What a beautiful bowl of soup! I love that creamy texture and it looks very satisfying. I think we'll all be excited to see your finished basement floor project as I had never heard of paper bagging either!


Sunday 1st of November 2020

This soup of yours look amazing Abbe...packed with flavors, I yet have to make soup with peanut the idea of adding coconut milk for extra richness. Have a wonderful week ahead!

Chef Mimi

Saturday 31st of October 2020

No, I’m not very good about keeping it simple when it comes to holiday cooking! But nobody has objected yet! This soup sounds wonderful, and very unique to me. Thanks!