Baachan's Miso Soup

Baachan's Miso Soup
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Baachan's Miso Soup
Lauren Volo
Baachan's Miso Soup

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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6
Servings
39
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

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

Ingredients

  • 6 dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 2 large potatoes, diced
  • 1 Cup fish or vegetable stock
  • 1 piece kombu*
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped finely
  • 1 carrot, sliced thinly on a bias
  • 1 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

Directions

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
1g
1%
Cholesterol
4mg
1%
Carbohydrate, by difference
5g
4%
Protein
3g
7%
Vitamin A, RAE
2µg
0%
Calcium, Ca
12mg
1%
Choline, total
5mg
1%
Folate, total
12µg
3%
Iron, Fe
3mg
17%
Magnesium, Mg
10mg
3%
Niacin
2mg
14%
Phosphorus, P
45mg
6%
Selenium, Se
3µg
5%
Sodium, Na
172mg
11%
Water
40g
1%

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