Five-Ingredient Feel Good Soup

January 5, 2015

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

Serves: 3-4


  • 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
In This Recipe


  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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