Miso soup is comfort food to me. I remember when I was pregnant for the first time and I desperately wanted something comforting and soothing to get me through the cold, Maine winter. The first thing on my mind was miso soup. It’s light, but still full of flavor.
After having my first daughter, I’d determined to make miso soup at home. I wanted to have it more for myself and to feed it later to my growing baby girl. I bought the miso paste and made it many times but I could never get it to taste the way it did in the restaurants. I realized that I was missing one very important ingredient – the fish stock.
The fish broth, made from the bonito fish flakes (katsuobushi) and dried kelp (kombu), can be made the traditional way. This method entails soaking the kelp and then boiling it. Then you need to soak the bonito flakes and then strain them. I have done this before but when I want to make a quick lunch, like in 10 minutes, the traditional method is not going to work.
If you are looking for a quick way to make miso soup, this is a great way to do it. We now eat miso soup 1-2 times per week. My kids just love it. Here are the main ingredients.
1. Miso paste
2. Dashi or dehydrated fish stock
This is what the Dashi looks like.
3. Tofu (I like the soft kind)
- 2-3 heaping tbs or 28-42 grams of miso paste (find it here)
- 3 cups of water
- 1.5 tsp or 7.1 grams of dashi (find it here)
- 1/4 cup or 57 grams of tofu - avoid if you have thyroid issues (find it here)
- chopped fresh green onions to taste
- Bring your water to boil and add the dashi. Remove from heat after the dashi has been cooked through and is dissolved. Now add the miso paste. Use a whisk to blend the miso paste into the broth. Then add the tofu and top with a few fresh green onions.
I don’t like to add the miso to the boiling hot water because they are live cultures in the paste and I don’t want to destroy them. This process is about 10 minutes. In 10 short minutes you can have delicious, nutritious miso soup.
Here are just some of the nutrients found in miso soup.
- Vitamin B12
If you love miso soup as much as we do, you can now have it anytime you want. This saves you time and money.
Wishing you all health and happiness!
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