8 minute dinner: Miso with Dumplings

This is the soup I make when I have less than ten minutes to get dinner on the table, and need something healthy.  It’s also the soup I make when I’ve indulged throughout the rest of the week, and want something lighter but satisfying.  And I can get it on the table in less than ten minutes.

My secret weapon?  Miso paste.  It makes everything taste pretty delicious — you can use it to make soup, flavour salad dressings, stir fries, or noodle dishes.  What’s not to love?  If I had even less time, I could get a simple bowl of miso on the table in the time it takes to boil water and stir.

Miso paste comes in a few different varieties; I usually pick up organic red miso paste because I like the colour and flavour, but will also pick up white miso paste.  I’m lucky enough to be in a city where I can find it in my local grocery store, but Asian grocery stores will always stock it.

Miso Soup with Veggie Dumplings

Inspired by Heidi’s Miso Soup Recipe at 101 Cookbooks

  • 4 tbsp. miso paste (red or white)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 handful mushrooms, sliced (button, shitake, and enoki work well here)
  • 12 veggie dumplings (straight from frozen)
  • 1 zucchini, halved and sliced
  • 1 handful kale, torn into small pieces
  • 1 splash tamari
  • 2 tsp. chili garlic sauce
  • 1 green onion, sliced

In a large pot, bring water to a boil, then whisk in miso paste.  Add mushrooms, dumplings, zucchini, and kale.  Let heat through (takes about 5 minutes).  Add tamari, chili garlic sauce, and serve topped with green onion.

This recipe is also great with brown rice vermicelli noodles instead of the dumplings, or you can go starch-free if it tickles your fancy, and load up on the veggies.

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Categories: Main Course, Soup, Vegan, Vegetarian

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9 Comments on “8 minute dinner: Miso with Dumplings”

  1. December 18, 2009 at 12:02 am #

    I never thought to use store-bought veggie dumplings in soup, but it makes a lot of sense.

    One of our local restaurants makes a ginger miso that you can buy at local markets — yum.

  2. December 18, 2009 at 9:14 am #

    Mmmm, ginger miso. I’m going to have to see if I can get any here!

    Yes, the store-bought dumplings are what make this so fast, and something we always have on hand. So easy.

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