This mineral-rich soup is soothing, nourishing, and loaded with digestion and immune-supporting ingredients from the seaweed, garlic, ginger, mushrooms, and miso. (It’s also vegan and gluten-free.) To make it a meal, add shredded chicken or cubes of firm tofu and/or serve with a side of rice.
I especially enjoy this restorative soup after a long run when I crave salt and hydration. The broth soothes my digestive system before eating a big meal.
Miso Soup Ingredients
2 tablespoons dried wakame*
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 carrots, peeled, cut into matchsticks
1/2 yellow onion, sliced into half moons
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 heaping cups sliced mushrooms
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon grated ginger
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
6 cups filtered water
1/4 cup barley or red miso
soy sauce (shoyu or tamari), to taste
*You can find wakame at most natural foods grocery stores or online. My favorite brand is Emerald Cove Pacific Wakame.
Rinse the wakame in a fine mesh strainer. Soak in cold water for 5 minutes, and drain.
Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the carrots, onion, and salt, and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the mushrooms and sauté for 5 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger, and sauté for 1 minute.
Add the water and wakame. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, and simmer covered for 10 to 15 minutes.
Turn off the heat. Ladle a spoonful of broth into a bowl. Add the miso paste and stir until fully dissolved, and then pour back into the pot. Add a dash of soy sauce to taste.
Ladle into bowls and serve hot.
Make-Ahead Tip: This soup will keep for up to 5 days in the fridge. Warm leftovers over low heat on the stove. Be careful not to bring it to a full simmer to maintain the miso’s probiotics.
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