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How to Make Miso Soup

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Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.

Today: Toss your miso packets-- we've got a homemade version of the beloved soup that comes together in the same amount time, but tastes ten times better. 

There are some hearty winter soups, like chili and split pea, that get tucked away during the warmer months -- you just don't want to think about them while you're in shorts, ordering an ice cream cone. Then there are warm weather soups, like gazpacho and tomato, that you can't wait to eat once the flowers begin to bud and the AC starts cranking. 

Miso soup is one of those rare species of soups that hits the spot regardless of the season. Bundled up by the fire with a mug of miso soup? Yes. Sipping a bowl of miso soup before a california roll on a summer night? Also yes. It can slurped as an appetizer, a side, or a salty midnight snack, because miso soup is down for anything -- it's soup that works with you, not against you. It also happens to be very easy to make at home. 

Here's how to do it.

Start with your dashi stockIf you don't already have some on hand, don't worry --it only takes about 30 minutes to make (and freezes well for future miso soup).  

Prep your other ingredients. Basic miso soup is simply dashi stock and miso paste -- 1 cup to 1 tablespoon, with the addition of some tofu, scallions, and dried seaweed (wakame). Don't like scallions? Feel free to customize the soup to your liking. 

Bring your dashi stock to a low boil, and have your miso paste ready in a small bowl. Once the dashi is hot, temper the miso in a seperate bowl with a little of the stock, swirling until all of the miso paste is dissolved. Pour it all back into the pot. 


Let the soup return to a simmer. Gently add your tofu cubes and wakame, then turn off the heat, ladle the soup into bowls, and top with scallions. 

Miso Soup

Serves 1

1 ?cup dashi stock
1 ?tablespoon miso paste (white or yellow)
Silken or soft tofu, cubed
Scallions, chopped
1 ?piece wakame (optional)

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.  

Photos by James Ransom

Tags: Soup, Tips & Techniques, Kitchen Confidence