Baachan's Miso Soup

Baachan's Miso Soup
Lauren Volo


  • dried shiitake mushrooms
  • large potatoes, diced
  • 1 Cup  fish or vegetable stock
  • piece kombu*
  • yellow onion, chopped finely
  • carrot, sliced thinly on a bias
  • block firm tofu, diced
  • 2 Tablespoons  dried wakame (smaller seaweed leaves)
  • 2 Tablespoons  brown miso paste
  • 1 Tablespoon  white miso paste
  • 2 Tablespoons  chopped scallions, for garnish

For 92 years (and counting!), my baachan (Japanese grandmother) has been making this soup. She raised four beautiful daughters through World War II — so she knows a little something about comfort food. My big sis and I sought out baachan's recipe, which is nothing like your watered-down sushi bar miso. This is hearty, comforting, and as authentic as Japanese food gets.

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In a bowl, soak the dried mushrooms in warm water for 10 minutes. Drain and reserve the liquid. Add the potatoes to 4 cups water in a large pot and bring the water to a boil.

Once the potatoes are almost fork-tender, reduce the heat to a low simmer. Add the stock, kombu, onion, carrot, tofu, and wakame.

Add both types of miso paste and mash them into the soup until thoroughly dissolved. Serve garnished with the scallions.


*Note: Kombu is a type of seaweed used for stock. Look for it in Asian specialty stores or online.


Calories per serving:

222 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber Sugar Conscious, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 35g 53%
  • Carbs 193g 64%
  • Saturated 6g 28%
  • Fiber 33g 132%
  • Sugars 18g
  • Monounsaturated 8g
  • Polyunsaturated 18g
  • Protein 82g 164%
  • Cholesterol 2mg 1%
  • Sodium 2,575mg 107%
  • Calcium 2,430mg 243%
  • Magnesium 476mg 119%
  • Potassium 5,048mg 144%
  • Iron 17mg 95%
  • Zinc 11mg 73%
  • Phosphorus 1,385mg 198%
  • Vitamin A 519µg 58%
  • Vitamin C 161mg 268%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 94%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 74%
  • Niacin (B3) 16mg 81%
  • Vitamin B6 3mg 155%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 344µg 86%
  • Vitamin B12 2µg 27%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 1mg 6%
  • Vitamin K 48µg 60%
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