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Recipe: Miso soup with watercress and shiitakes

Updated: 02-01-2011

Dietitian's tip: Miso, a Japanese flavoring, is made by fermenting cooked soybeans. White and yellow misos are mild; dark varieties have more complex flavors.


Serves: 6

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 plum (Roma) tomatoes, peeled and seeded, then diced
  • 1 tablespoon peeled and finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups vegetable stock or broth
  • 2 tablespoons white miso
  • 1/4 pound firm tofu, drained and cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 3 ounces fresh shiitake mushrooms, stemmed, brushed clean, and caps thinly sliced
  • 1 cup watercress leaves
  • 1 green (spring) onion, including tender green top, thinly sliced


In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the yellow onion and saute until soft and translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the tomatoes, ginger and garlic and saute until the tomatoes are softened, about 5 minutes. Add the stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer.

Whisk in the miso until dissolved. Add the tofu, mushrooms and watercress and simmer until the tofu is heated through and the mushrooms and watercress are softened, about 1 minute.

Ladle into warmed individual bowls and garnish with the green onion. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Analysis per serving
  • Calories: 98
  • Total carbohydrate: 7 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Dietary fiber: 1 g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2 g
  • Protein: 8 g
  • Saturated fat: <1 g
  • Sodium: 495 mg
  • Total fat: 4 g
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