Super Miso SoupSubmitted by: SP_STEPF
IntroductionThis simple, hearty miso soup is full of superfoods like quinoa, kale, and turmeric, a powerful anti-inflammatory spice. This simple, hearty miso soup is full of superfoods like quinoa, kale, and turmeric, a powerful anti-inflammatory spice.
1 T olive oil, divided
1 block firm tofu, diced
1 t black pepper
1 large onion, chopped
4 carrots, chopped
4 large garlic cloves, minced
1 T turmeric
1/4 cup dried mushrooms, broken into bite-site pieces
1/2 cup dry quinoa
2 cups veggie broth
2 cups water
1 bunch kale, leaves only, chopped
1/4 cup miso
1 red bell pepper, chopped
3 scallions, whites and greens chopped
Broiling the tofu creates a crispy outer layer that adds great texture. When you add the tofu to the pot, it will puff up slightly and soak up all the flavor in the broth. Don't skip this step!
Add miso at the end of the cooking process to protect the delicate probiotics it contains.
By adding the bell pepper just before serving, you retain its crunch.
Sprinkle on the black pepper. Place under the broiler.
Place a large Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Add the remaining olive oil, then add the onions and carrots to the hot oil. Saute, stirring often, until the vegetables are tender, about five minutes.
Add the garlic, turmeric and mushrooms, and stir to combine.
Add the quinoa, broth and water, turn the heat to medium-high, cover and allow to simmer for 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes, remove the tofu from the broiler. (It should be slightly crispy on the top and bottom. If it starts to burn, remove it from the oven and set aside until the quinoa is cooked.)
Add the kale and tofu to the pot, reduce heat to medium, and cover.
Once the kale is tender (about 3 minutes), remove the lid and whisk in the miso. Turn off the heat, add the peppers and scallions, and serve immediately.
Each serving is 1 2/3-cups.
, about 1 2/3 cups each
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I hate kale, onions and mushrooms. By all logic I should hate this soup. But I'm always looking for recipes that are nutritional heavy-hitters, like this one, and I convinced myself that I had to at least try it. SO glad! The flavor and texture were great, and it was very satisfying. A keeper! - 5/3/12
The recipe doesn't specify the type of miso to use. The flavor profile could vary greatly depending on that alone. Are we talking white, yellow, or red (or a combination)? My current go-to miso soup uses a combo of white and red, but the red is just a small amount since it has such a strong flavor. - 4/25/12
Really Great - I toasted the tofu on a griddle instead of baking it in the oven; this gave the cubes a crispier surface. Also used 4 cups of organic vegetable broth because the aseptic containers are available in 4 cup containers. Grateful that I have leftovers to enjoy for the next 2 days. - 1/31/13