Recipe: Miso soup with watercress and shiitakes

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.

By Mayo Clinic staff

Serves 6

Ingredients

o    1 tablespoon olive oil

o    1 yellow onion, finely chopped

o    3 plum (Roma) tomatoes, peeled and seeded, then diced

o    1 tablespoon peeled and finely chopped fresh ginger

o    3 cloves garlic, minced

o    4 cups vegetable stock or broth

o    2 tablespoons white miso

o    1/4 pound firm tofu, drained and cut into 1/4-inch cubes

o    3 ounces fresh shiitake mushrooms, stemmed, brushed clean, and caps thinly sliced

o    1 cup watercress leaves

o    1 green (spring) onion, including tender green top, thinly sliced

Directions

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

Serving size: About 1 cup
Calories98Sodium495 mg
Total fat4 gTotal carbohydrate7 g
Saturated fat<1 gDietary fiber1 g
Monounsaturated fat2 gProtein8 g
Cholesterol0 mg