Mushroom Miso Soup

Mushroom miso soup. Quick. Easy. Healthy. Vegan. And yes, it even tastes spectacular.

A steel wok filled with mushrooms, greens, broth, and carrots, with a wooden spoon resting inside

Mushroom miso soup. Whether you’re recovering from all that holiday excess or simply banishing a stubborn cold, this umami rich hot pot of miso, tofu, and vegetables galore is the solution. Slurp away. Angie Zoobkoff

Mushroom Miso Soup

A steel wok filled with mushrooms, greens, broth, and carrots, with a wooden spoon resting inside
Mushroom miso soup. Quick. Easy. Healthy. Vegan. And yes, it even tastes spectacular.
Christopher Kimball

Prep 40 mins
Cook 30 mins
Total 1 hr 10 mins
Mains
Japanese
6 servings
125 kcal
5 / 3 votes
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Ingredients 

  • 7 cups cold water
  • 1/2 pound carrots (2 to 3 medium) peeled, halved lengthwise and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch (12-mm) pieces
  • 2 tablespoons dried wakame seaweed
  • 8 ounces soft (not silken) tofu, drained and cut into 1/2-inch (12-mm) cubes
  • 5 ounces fresh shiitake mushrooms, stems discarded, caps thinly sliced
  • 4 cups chopped napa cabbage
  • 6 tablespoons white miso paste
  • One (1-inch) chunk fresh ginger peeled and grated (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 3 teaspoons soy sauce, plus more for serving
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil, plus more for serving
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 6 scallions trimmed and cut into 1-inch (2.5 cm) lengths
  • Hot chili oil for serving (optional)

Directions
 

  • In a 5-quart (4.7 l) Dutch oven or pot set over medium heat, combine the water, carrots, and wakame. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Gently stir in the tofu and mushrooms, then let it return to a simmer, about 3 minutes. Add the cabbage and return to a simmer, about 3 minutes more.
  • Meanwhile, place the miso in a 2-cup liquid measuring cup. Ladle a bit of the cooking water from the pot, add it to the miso, and stir until smooth. Pour the miso mixture back into the soup and then stir well.
  • As the soup returns to a simmer, stir in the ginger, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Remove it from the heat and stir in the spinach and scallions. Let the soup rest while the spinach wilts, 1 to 2 minutes. Ladle the soup into bowls and serve with soy sauce, sesame oil, and chili oil on the side for individuals to add to their bowl if they desire.
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Show Nutrition

Serving: 1portionCalories: 125kcal (6%)Carbohydrates: 15g (5%)Protein: 8g (16%)Fat: 4g (6%)Saturated Fat: 1g (6%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 886mg (39%)Potassium: 473mg (14%)Fiber: 5g (21%)Sugar: 6g (7%)Vitamin A: 8406IU (168%)Vitamin C: 28mg (34%)Calcium: 131mg (13%)Iron: 2mg (11%)

Recipe Testers’ Reviews

This umami-packed mushroom miso soup was the perfect answer to the dreariest of snowy days. It was hard to believe something so delicious was also so incredibly healthy. Every ingredient came together in a perfect balance and was enjoyed by adults and kids alike. The prep of the vegetables was the most time consuming part of this recipe. I’d recommend having everything prepped before starting. I used regular soy sauce and did not find the soup overly salty. We all added a little more soy sauce to our bowls when eating.

Miso soup is both nourishing and comforting. It’s what I always turn to when I’m under the weather. This hot pot version is loaded with vegetables and makes plenty of soup to share or to live on for a few days. The tofu adds substance as well as a pleasing texture. Ideally you will use soft, but not silken, tofu. The wakame lends a characteristic flavor of the sea, but is not overwhelming. The balance of seasoning was just about perfect. I used a clay pot to make this, which meant it took a long time to simmer. I let the soup simmer for quite a while after the tofu and mushrooms were added. I went by the texture of the carrots. I wanted them tender but not soft. Once the cabbage gets added it cooks quickly. I served the soup with some chili oil on the side to be added to taste. This is a great soup that I’ll be making often this winter.

This soup was a lovely meal for the cooler autumn weather that has finally arrived in our area. We enjoyed the way the different flavors, as well as the different textures of the components of this brothy soup, came together. On the surface it seemed like it would be fairly light, and in some ways it was, but at the same time it was quite filling. We enjoyed it with a healthy dose of chili oil to give it a pleasant and warming spiciness.

This mushroom miso soup will become a staple in our house. We made it once for the testing and made it again the next night! All we needed to replenish for the recipe were the mushrooms. I never saw myself ever shopping for large containers of white miso paste, seaweed, and tofu, but I’m checking with Costco to see if they sell these ingredients—it’s that good. We used low-sodium soy sauce and in the end I found the soup needing more salt. After all the ingredients had been added and it returned to the simmer one last time, we turned off the heat and let it sit four about 30 minutes. Two of us ate it as main course for dinner and we got 4 1/2 medium-size Chinese-style bowls full from the recipe. The next time we made it, we added half again as much carrot, ginger, and scallions. We drizzled sesame oil and hot oil over the bowls and added the soy sauce. If I were making it for myself I’d use regular soy sauce but my husband said (rightly so) you can always add the salt, you can’t take it out, so I guess we stick with the low-sodium soy sauce. This recipe was a happy find. Now that we are following a vegan diet, we have had to begin to collect new recipes. This one is a keeper.

Originally published December 05, 2017

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Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Why wait for cold weather? I made this on a rainy summer day. It was the perfect antidote. Tasty, healthy and, to my pleasant surprise, substantial. I only had low-sodium soy sauce and agree with the previous comment about it needing more salt as a result. I had to substitute nori for wakame. I didn’t have chili oil, but stirred in some sriracha which did the trick nicely.

    1. Wonderful, Tina! Warm soup and a rainy day is always a perfect match. Please let us know what you try next.

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