Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Miso Soup with Soba Noodles

Miso soup is one of my favorite foods. I could happily eat it everyday. I make so many variations of miso soup depending on what I have on hand. There are a few constants in my soup. My husband likes dried mushrooms so those always seem to make it into my soup. Additionally I always add onion, garlic, ginger, kombu and miso. Other than these constants nothing really stays the same. Sometimes I add silken tofu (when we need the protein) to the soup. I tend to add more veggies to my miso soup than is traditional.

Miso Soup with Soba Noodles
Serves 2


½ cup dried shitake mushrooms
4 cups water
½ red onion, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
½ inch ginger, julienned
6 inch piece kombu cut into small squares
1 carrot, julienned
1 small single serving bundle soba noodles
2 cups napa cabbage, julienned
¼ pound shitake mushrooms, stems removed and caps thinly sliced
2 tablespoons white miso


Combine the dried mushrooms and water and microwave until hot. Allow the mushrooms to sit in the water for 30 minutes so they can rehydrate. Strain the mushrooms and liquid through a wire strainer lined with cheesecloth or damp paper towel to catch any sediment from the mushrooms. Chop the mushrooms into bite-sized pieces and add to the liquid and bring to a simmer.

Add the onion, garlic, ginger, kombu and carrot and bring the mixture back to a simmer. Add the sob noodles and cook until tender (about 4 minutes). Add the napa cabbage, and mushrooms and turn off the heat.

In a separate small bowl loosen the texture of the white miso with some of the cooking broth. Continue to stir until the miso has all broken up and formed an even thick sauce with the cooking liquid. Add the miso back to the pan and stir to combine.

Serve the soup immediately. Top with sliced green onions if desired.

Nutritional information:

Amount Per Serving
Calories - 248.68
Calories From Fat (10%) - 23.85
Total Fat - 2.78g
Saturated Fat - 0.34g
Cholesterol - 0mg
Sodium - 1278.34mg
Potassium - 580.34mg
Total Carbohydrates - 48.21g
Fiber - 5.68g
Sugar - 4.66g
Protein - 11.66g


Miso soup has become my favorite food. I love the stuff and could eat it everyday (which is not my usual behavior) except I think my husband would get tired of it.

Each serving of this soup contains approximately 7,100IU of vitamin A, 130mg of calcium, 2.7mg of iron, 145mcg of folate, 150mg of phosphorus, 85mg of magnesium, and 7.75mcg of selenium.

This soup and a big green salad with fat free hummus and salsa and we had dinner. Soup and salad is something that we have for dinner or lunch at least 4 times a week. It is a quick and easy way to get a lot of vegetables (both cooked and raw) into a meal.

Unrelated Note:

Don’t forget about the Healthy Cooking Challenge. The sooner you submit your recipes the quicker we can compile the nutritional information.

I will try to be back later tonight with a dinner update. It all depends on how late we are out this evening.

I hope you all have a great day.


  1. I'm glad you made the reminder about the challenge! I really want to post something, just not sure what. I don't have a childhood or family favorite other than perhaps the sauce recipe or manicotti - neither of which are vegan. Hmmm, not sure if I have time to play around with them either.

  2. Heather,

    A 14 ounce block of firm water packed tofu (drained) with 4 tablespsoons of flour makes a good ricotta substitute when baked. I thought I would mention that in case you needed an idea of where to start. ;)

    How are you feeling now? Still better I hope.

    talk to you later,

  3. Looks good. I enjoy misso when I eat it out but haven't made anything with it at home. For the cleanse I am doing we have a couple recipes that uses Miso.. so I am thinking of buying some this weekend and giving them a try at home :)

  4. Gelareh,

    I was just like you earlier this year. We would order miso out but I didn't use it at home. Once I bought some I started using it in many different recipes. Miso salad dressing is also wonderful. You will find variations of miso salad dressing on my blog. Miso is much easier to use than I thought and adds a great salty and savory flavor to recipes.

    Which cleanse are you doing? Sounds like something I might enjoy. I am always looking for new ideas on this sort of thing.


  5. Miso Soup is one of my favorite foods too! Actually, yours looks so delicious and it's shouting my name! I've been making soba noodles with miso soup almost everyday during the time I was sick and off from work. It seems like a comfort food for me. I made some rice soup too that reminded me of my childhood menu and I wanted to submit for your healthy cooking challenge but I was too sick to do anything.

  6. Oraphan,

    Miso soup is great when you don't feel well. But I love it anytime. I hope you are feeling better.

    You still have time to submit a recipe to the challenge. The deadline is Jan 31, local time. But if the recipe gets there on Feb 1 I will still include it since it will take me a while to put together the schedule of nutrition, confer with the other two judges and compile the e-book.

    talk to you later,


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