Spring Miso Soup

  • Yield 4 servings

“Health in a bowl” is the best way to describe this warming miso soup.


3 cups water or vegetable broth
1 (1-inch) piece dried wakame
8 thin slices lotus root
2 dried shiitake mushrooms, rehydrated*
1/4 cup firm tofu cut into 1/4-inch dice
1 tablespoon red or white miso
3 whole green leaves sugh as bok choy, swiss chard or kale, thinly sliced


  1. Bring water or broth to a boil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven. Remove from heat, add wakame and let soak 15 minutes. Remove and slice wakame; return to broth and return to boil. Reduce heat to simmer and add lotus root, shiitake mushrooms and tofu. Simmer 5 minutes.
  2. In a small bowl, dissolve miso in 1/2 cup hot broth from the pan. Return the dissolved miso and liquid to the pan. Add the greens and simmer very gently 2 minutes. Serve very hot.
  3. *To rehydrate, soak the mushrooms in boiling water 15 minutes, drain, remove and discard stems and slice caps.



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