Baachan's Miso Soup

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Baachan's Miso Soup
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
215
Calories Per Serving
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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.

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Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
5g
8%
Sugar
3g
N/A
Saturated Fat
0.8g
4.2%
Protein
13g
26%
Carbs
32g
11%
Vitamin A
87µg
10%
Vitamin B6
0.5mg
25.2%
Vitamin C
27mg
45%
Vitamin D
0.1µg
N/A
Vitamin E
0.1mg
0.6%
Vitamin K
9µg
11%
Calcium
405mg
41%
Fiber
6g
22%
Folate (food)
57µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
57µg
14%
Iron
3mg
16%
Magnesium
77mg
19%
Monounsaturated
1g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
2mg
11%
Phosphorus
209mg
30%
Polyunsaturated
3g
N/A
Potassium
787mg
22%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.2mg
10.6%
Sodium
366mg
15%
Thiamin (B1)
0.2mg
14.8%
Zinc
2mg
12%

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