Shiitake-Lemongrass Miso Soup

Shiitake-Lemongrass Miso Soup

Serves 4

Colorful peppers, carrots and green onions add bright flavors to this miso soup. Earthy shiitake mushrooms and fragrant lemongrass provide the background aromas. Serve soup over cooked brown rice, if desired.

  • 1 tablespoon unrefined, untoasted sesame or canola oil
  • 1/3 pound shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger (or 1 teaspoon ground ginger)
  • 1 teaspoon tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 stalk lemongrass
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 5 green onions, roughly chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, thinly sliced
  • 1 small red bell pepper, cored, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 pound extra-firm tofu, drained and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons miso paste
  • 1 handful cilantro or flat-leaf parsley leaves
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Heat oil in a large saucepot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add mushrooms, garlic, ginger and soy sauce and toss to coat. Cook, stirring once or twice, until mushrooms are browned on edges, about 5 minutes. Bruise stalk of lemongrass with the back of a knife to release the flavorful volatile oils and cut it into 3 pieces. Add lemongrass to pot.

Pour in vegetable broth and increase heat to medium high, scraping bottom of pan to release any browned bits. Stir in green onions, carrots, red peppers and tofu. Bring to a boil and reduce to a brisk simmer for 5 minutes. When vegetables are tender, remove from heat. Remove lemongrass from pot and discard. Put miso paste in a small bowl and add a tablespoon or two of hot broth from the pot. Stir to dissolve miso, then stir dissolved miso into pot. Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with cilantro or parsley.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:260 calories (60 from fat), 7g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 1010mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (6g dietary fiber, 7g sugar), 15g protein
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