5 Ingredients or Fewer

Five-Ingredient Feel Good Soup

January  5, 2015
1 Ratings
  • Serves 3-4
Author Notes

Really, there are six ingredients, but since basil is added as a garnish, I thought I could get away with that alliteration. Miso is definitely the star of this recipe. And why shouldn't it be? It’s a rich, low-sodium, vegan flavouring for soups, sauces, dressings and more, plus it’s got a ton of microbiotics that aid digestion as a result of the fermentation process. This soup is so easy on the stomach. I relied on it 100% to get me out of my post-holiday slump, and I'm sure it will work wonders for you as well. —Kallee Lins

What You'll Need
  • 2 handfuls rice noodles
  • 1.5 cups fresh spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 large portobello mushroom, very thinly sliced
  • 5-5 tablespoons miso paste
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, finely chopped
  1. Bring 5 cups of water to a boil.
  2. Drop in rice noodles and boil for a minute or two until just flexible. Add in mushrooms, spinach, and red pepper flakes. Continue to simmer until noodles are tender.
  3. Remove pot from heat (the microorganisms in miso cannot survive extremely high heat), and stir in the miso paste one tablespoon at a time.
  4. Ladel into bowls and top with freshly chopped basil and more red pepper flakes if desired.

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1 Review

gardenchickens February 10, 2021
ok, I'll go first. The flavor combination is a sure win, especially for miso-lovers. I admit that I halved the recipe to fit into a Korean earthen-ware pot (ttukbaegi). I cooked my single (generous) serving on the stovetop and took the hot bowl back to my desk as a quick lunch. No fresh basil on hand in February, but I used a bit of dried with some chopped scallion. I'll look forward to using Thai basil on this one.

This recipe can be made easily during your Covid-19 work-from-home break. Miso costs about the same as an everyday cheese. Since I usually have it on hand, this recipe is very affordable, as well as quick and stupid-simple to make. That's a three-way win for me. And, of course, the greens and vegies can be swapped to use what's on hand.