Miso Soup with Shiitake Mushrooms
Servings Prep Time
6servings 15minutes
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
6servings 15minutes
Cook Time
  • 5cups vegetable broth
  • 1ounce dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 1/2pound firm tofu, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 1sheet nori, cut into 1-inch squares
  • 2 – 3teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 2 cups small broccoli florets
  • 1 cup julienned or grated carrot
  • 3 – 4tablespoons white miso
  1. Pour the broth into a large pot, bring to a boil, then remove from the heat. Add the dried shiitake mushrooms, cover, and let stand for 20 minutes, or until the mushrooms have softened. (This would be a good time to prep the rest of your ingredients.) Remove the mushrooms from the broth with a slotted spoon. Cut off and discard the mushroom stems. Thinly slice the caps and set aside.
  2. Put the pot back onto the stove. Add the tofu, nori, and ginger to the broth. Bring to a simmer and cook for 3 minutes.
  3. Add the broccoli, carrot, and the sliced shiitake mushrooms. Cover and simmer for 1 minute, just until the broccoli turns bright green.
  4. Transfer 1 cup of the broth to a measuring cup and stir in the miso with a fork until it is completely dissolved. Pour the dissolved miso into the pot and stir until it is well incorporated. Do not boil the soup after the miso has been added, as high heat can destroy the beneficial enzymes in the miso.
  5. Pour soup into bowls and enjoy the wonderful aroma and flavor with someone(s) you love.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition profile per serving:  92 calories; 2.8 g fat; 0.4 g saturated fat; 27.2% calories from fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 6.5 g protein; 12.8 g carbohydrate; 5.9 g sugar; 2.8 g fiber

Recipe adapted from The Cancer Survivor’s Guide, Neal D. Barnard, M.D., and Jennifer K. Reilly, R.D.

A couple more ideas…

Don’t have dried shiitake mushrooms? No worries. Just be sure to pile on nutrient-dense veggies that you have on hand. Other veggies that taste great in this soup are fresh mushrooms, bok choy, scallions, bean sprouts, and sliced jalapenos.

To make this into a noodley meal, add 1 ounce brown rice ramen noodles to the pot 1 minute before the mushrooms, broccoli, and carrots.