You know what I love? When you order a sushi plate and it comes with a bowl of miso soup. Not kidding, just now, typing miso made my mouth literally water. Talk about umami bomb. Trouble is, though, it’s always just a starter, meaning, basically, not enough to make me happy. So I decided to do a loaded up version to boost it into dinner territory. Don’t get me wrong – I love that light broth with the soft little tofu cubes bobbing amidst floating seaweed. I just wanted it to become a meal. All it needs for that is a bunch of veggies, some chicken, some shrimp, mmmm…ok.

But… it also has to be quick and easy. Weeknight dinner. No ingredients that are too inaccessible. This translated into a not totally regular soup. Usually miso soup is made with a dashi broth, which I find not always easy to get my hands on. Sure, I could make it but also can’t always find bonito and/or kombu. I almost always have miso paste, though, and can find it in many grocery stores. So instead of dashi I add depth with mushrooms and cooking the chicken in the pot first to get the flavor of the fond. Beyond that, this whips up quick and easy, a perfectly satisfying weeknight meal. Try your hand at it and tell me if it makes you as happy and cozy as it does me.

Loaded Miso Soup

Ingredients:

1 lb chicken breast

½ lb cooked shrimp

10 oz mushrooms, sliced

1 cup peas

2 large carrots, peeled and sliced

6 cups chicken stock (or a mix or stock and water)

⅓ cup miso paste

Method:

Place a wide bottomed pot over medium high heat with a bit of oil.  Salt the chicken breast and place it into the heated pot. Cook for about 4-5 minutes on one side, flip and cook another 4-5 with a lid on.  When it is cooked through, remove the chicken from the pot, slicing after a short rest. If there is any tasty business on the bottom of the pan, deglaze it with a splash of stock.  Toss in the mushrooms and cook these for about five minutes. Add the carrots and cook a few minutes more. Stir in the miso then add the 6 cups of liquid, stirring to combine. Add the peas and shrimp, as well as the chicken.  Feel free to add more miso if you like a stronger flavor.

Get The Latest From JuliaCooks

Meal Plans, Recipes & More

Sign up for our mailing list today and get recipes, cooking tips, instructional videos (and the ocassional free meal plan, too!) Come join the fun - your tummy will thank you! And when you join our mailing list, we promise not to send you any spam, we hate that stuff (unless you fry it and serve it with eggs then it is surprisingly good...)

Thanks for subscribing. We think you are awesome!

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This