Miso Soup with Vermicelli, Mushrooms and Tofu
Happy Sunday! I first want to thank everyone for the birthday wishes. You all are so sweet, and I am so happy to be a part of this wonderful, loving blogging community.
That being said, I am dead exhausted from celebrating my birthday all weekend long, from the many, many red velvet ice cream cake slices to watching Django until 1:30 in the morning. It’s becoming a huge struggle to stay up so late, as I prefer to be in bed by 11PM. I must really be getting old.
Anyway, before I eat a couple of more cake slices, I just had to share this soup with you all. It’s a super easy soup that actually came together by accident. See, I wasn’t completely satisfied with the outcome of the soup so at the very last minute, I decided to stir in some miso paste, which really gave it that wonderfully mild, earthy flavor with just a bit of saltiness. And with the copious amount of mushrooms, spinach, tofu and vermicelli, this is a sure way to keep you warm and comforting on a cold winter day!
Miso Soup with Vermicelli Mushrooms and Tofu
Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
- 4 cups vegetable stock
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon mirin
- 1 tablespoon sake
- Pinch of sugar
- 1 tablespoon miso paste
- 1 (12-ounce) package firm tofu, cubed
- 3 ounces shiitake mushrooms, thinly sliced
- 2 ounces enoki mushrooms
- 4 ounces vermicelli
- 2 cups baby spinach
- 1 hard boiled egg, quartered, for serving
- Red kamaboko (steamed fish cake), thinly sliced, for serving
- Togarashi (Japanese chili pepper), for serving
- Heat a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add vegetable stock, soy sauce, mirin, sake and sugar, whisking to combine. Bring to a boil and stir in miso paste until dissolved, about 1-2 minutes.
- Add tofu, mushrooms and vermicelli; reduce heat and simmer until noodles are cooked through, about 4-6 minutes. Stir in spinach until wilted, about 1 minute.
- Serve immediately, garnished with hard boiled egg, fish cake and Japanese chili pepper, if desired.
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