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Miso Mushroom Soup


Serves two; may be doubled.

  • To learn more, read:
  • Make the menu:
    A Simple Japanese Supper
  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 70

You can make miso soup with any type of miso, but we prefer darker types for their richer, more savory flavor.

  • 2 dried shiitake mushrooms, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup baby spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup medium diced silken tofu
  • 2-1/2 Tbs. miso (preferably red or brown)
  • 2 Tbs. thinly sliced scallion greens
  • 1/2 tsp. toasted sesame oil

In a medium saucepan, combine the mushrooms with 3 cups cold water. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Remove from the heat and use a fork or tongs to transfer the mushrooms to a cutting board. As soon as the mushrooms are cool enough to handle, trim off and discard the stems and slice the caps very thinly. Return the sliced mushrooms to the pan of water. Bring back to a simmer and then reduce the heat to low. Let the mushrooms steep for 15 min. (the water needn’t be simmering, but it’s fine if it does). Taste one of the mushroom slices. If you like the texture, leave the mushrooms in; otherwise, fish them out and discard them.

Bring the mushroom broth to a simmer over medium heat. Add the spinach and tofu and simmer for 1 min. Remove from the heat. In a small bowl, combine the miso with 2 Tbs. of the broth and mix well. Stir the thinned miso into the soup. Sprinkle each serving with 1 Tbs. of the scallion greens and 1/4 tsp. of the sesame oil.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 110, Fat (kcal): 4, Fat Calories (g): 35, Saturated Fat (g): 0.5, Protein (g): 7, Monounsaturated Fat (g): 1, Carbohydrates (mg): 11, Polyunsaturated Fat (mg): 2, Sodium (g): 820, Cholesterol (g): 0, Fiber (g): 2,

Photo: Scott Phillips

Simple and easy miso soup recipe. Mihod, I'm afraid you are mistaken - the dashi was not left out of this recipe. The dashi in this case is made with the shiitake mushrooms, a common variant of dashi. Dashi needn't be made only with kelp or sardines. You can reference the Wikipedia article on dashi for more information. In any case, this is a nice recipe for miso soup - thanks!

You are missing a very important step. You need dashi. whether you use Katsuobushi (bonito flakes), Niboshi (dried sardine), or Kombu (dried sea kelp), I don't care. It is rregional. Mushroom alone won't cut it. Even if one has to use instant or concentrate, you should not skip this ingredient. I don't know any Japanese moms who doesn't us it.

Easy to make. I used fresh shiitake mushrooms as I couldn't find the dried variety and it turned out fine.

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