The flu has hit the Lenz house hard this week and I’m pretty sure I’ve consumed nothing but tea, plain toast and this soup ever since Sunday evening.
I’d call this sick food, but really, it’s the perfect winter food. It’s a rich, salty, flavorful broth with noodles, soft carrots and a handful of cooked greens. It’s simple, nourishing and perfect to nurse you back to health or comfort you wherever you need it most.
If chicken noodle soup and miso soup had a love child, it would be this soup. I’ve given it to Vander as many times as I’ve made it for BL and I and he slurps it down with so much energy, it makes me laugh every time. He might look exactly like his dad, but he’s got my taste buds- no doubt.
I know I think all my recipes are fairly easy, but this one takes the cake.
How to Make Miso Soup
The key in miso soup is not to let the broth get too warm before adding in the miso. Heat kills any of the beneficial probiotics that miso contains, so you’ll want to remove some of the broth then add in the miso to dissolve and return back to the pot just before serving.
I prefer white miso for a more mild flavor, but any miso paste should do. If you don’t cook with miso often, go ahead and buy the tub and I promise you’ll use it over and over again. If not in this soup, then enjoy it in my other miso soup, this ginger miso salad dressing, this warm kale and farro salad with miso dressing, or this kale and miso power bowl.
Vegan Chicken-Less Soup! This healthy vegan chicken-less soup is so nourishing and delicious. Ginger, garlic, carrots, spinach and ramen noodles in a simple miso broth.
- 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
- 6 scallions, sliced thin
- 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 3/4 cup sliced carrots
- 6 cups vegetable broth (low-sodium is fine)
- 1/4 cup white miso
- 4-5 ounces udon or ramen noodles
- 2 cups baby spinach leaves
- In a medium soup pan, heat the toasted sesame oil over medium heat. Add the scallions, ginger and garlic, carrots and cook for a few minutes stirring often, taking care not to brown the garlic.
- Add the broth, then bring to a low simmer and cook for about 8-10 minutes to help flavor the broth even more and gently soften the carrots.
- Remove one cup of broth, and place it in a separate bowl. Add the miso to the reserved 1 cup of broth and stir until completely dissolved. Set aside.
- Add the noodles to the broth and cook until noodles are just al-dente. Add in the spinach and stir until spinach is wilted, another minute.
- Remove the soup from the heat and add the miso broth back in. Stir to mix and serve!
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