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Miso Noodle Soup with Edamame

Start with the smaller amount of the miso, and add more as needed, dissolving extra spoonfuls in hot soup liquid. If you have both dark and light misos on hand, use half of each for a more complex flavor. Bean thread noodles are readily available in many supermarkets. If fresh edamame are already cooked, add them to the soup at the last minute. This serves 3 as a main course, but 6 as an appetizer.



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2 oz. bean thread noodles
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3 oz. fresh shiitake or button mushrooms
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2 tsp. canola oil
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3 scallions, thinly sliced with white and green parts
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1 small carrot, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced on diagonal
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1 cup (6 oz.) frozen shelled edamame
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5 oz. baby spinach
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1 tsp. grated fresh ginger
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4 to 6 Tbs. dark miso
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ΒΌ tsp. toasted sesame oil


1. Put noodles in a bowl with water to cover, and set aside.

2. Trim mushrooms, and wipe off grit with a damp cloth. Snap off stems, and chop finely. Slice caps thinly, and set aside.

3. Heat oil in a soup pot. Add scallion whites, mushrooms, and carrot, and cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until mushrooms begin to soften, for about 2 minutes.

4. Add 5 cups water, and bring to a boil. Add edamame, and cook for 4 minutes. Drain noodles, and add to pot with spinach and ginger. Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook until edamame are tender but still firm, for about 1 minute more. Stir in scallion greens.

5. Blend 4 Tbs. miso into 1 cup warm water, using a fork to mix. Reduce heat to low, and stir miso into soup, adding more miso for a more intense flavor, if desired. Add sesame oil and tamari to taste. Serve hot.

Nutrition Information: 

10 g
Total Fat: 
7 g
Saturated Fat: 
0 g
18 g
0 mg
1080 mg
6 g
5 g
Serves 3

Comments on this Recipe

Lorene, Both miso and tamari are high in sodium. Reduce the quantity of miso and use low sodium tamari to reduce the salt content in the soup.

I am new to vegetarian cooking, but I would like to incorporate it into my lifestyle. I have some questions. Does the bean thread noodles go by any other names? I am having trouble finding it in our supermarket. Also, how would I decrease the sodium? 1080 mg is very high.

Lorene, You should be able to find the bean thread noodles in the asian section of most supermarkets or failing that, you'd need to go to an asian market to find them. They should be easy enough to find. I can't recall the brand, but they are usually already sized in 2 oz. packages, and are generally wrapped in pink plastic netting.

Lorene, The miso is the high-sodium culprit in this recipe. I'm not sure if reduced-sodium miso exists. If you'd like to try this soup--or miso soup in general--I'd recommend greatly reducing or removing the sodium from your other meals that day to allow for this high-sodium dish. Not an easy task, but not impossible either. Focus on unprocessed foods.

Love this soup on a cold winter day.