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Miso Soup With Spinach & Mushrooms

We have come to think of Japanese food as being tempura, teriyaki, and sushi but it is miso soup that the Japanese will not want to live without.

Originally, miso soup was served as a breakfast food.

I remember the week I had a little Japanese girl visiting who could not speak English; when I made her this soup with the addition of udon noodles, she was so happy and said Oishi ( 美味しい ) many times which means delicious! Fortunately, I understood because I had been in Japan and said Oishi at many meals.


1 piece Kombu
1 piece Wakame
4 large brown mushrooms or 4 dried shitake mushrooms
1-inch piece fresh ginger, chopped
8 Spinach leaves
1 – 3 Tbsp Shiro miso*
3 cups water


1.   Soak Kombu, Wakame, ginger and mushrooms in 3 cups of water in a saucepan for 30 minutes.
2.  Bring to a boil.
3.   Simmer for 30 minutes.
4.   Strain out the kombu, wakame and mushrooms saving the liquid.
5    Slice Wakame and kombu and cut stocks off shitake mushrooms and chop finely, and slice mushroom caps in half and return to stock
6.   Add spinach leaves.
7.    Simmer on medium heat till spinach leaves have wilted. Turn heat off.
8.  Add miso.  (Never boil miso because that kills the live cultures which are so beneficial). Stir the miso thoroughly into the water and then add this back to the pot.  As Miso is high in sodium, adjust how much you add to taste.
9.  Serve.
Serves 4

*This miso is the most suitable as it is smooth and creamy tasting…..it has a velvety texture and almost sweet taste.

To learn all about miso and it’s many benefits click on this link:  Miso- Gift From the Gods

Learn how good seaweed is for you: Prevent Radiation Poisoning with Seaweed – an Ancient Powerfood

For detailed information on each of the seaweeds read:  Sea Vegetables Health Benefits.

Also try these other Japanese Favorites:

Soba Soup – a Japanese Favourite

Soba Soup – a Japanese Favourite

Miso Sauce

Alkaline Steamed Vegetables

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By | 2017-10-29T15:42:03+00:00 June 20th, 2011|Meatless Monday, Recipes, Soup|8 Comments

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  1. Memphis Johnny June 27, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    I’m making some now. It is one of my daily, health habits. Thank you, for the recipe!

  2. Beverly Blackburn July 14, 2011 at 10:39 am

    What are wakame and kombu? I’d like to make the soup but don’t know where to look for these 2 ingredients.

  3. Diana Herrington July 14, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Wakame and kombu are seaweeds. We have a whole article explaining them: http://realfoodforlife.com/seaweed-ancient-powerfood
    Let us know how the soup goes.

  4. Diana Herrington July 14, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Well Johnny do let us know how it turned out.

  5. Memphis Johnny July 19, 2011 at 11:33 am

    I have found Wakame and Kombu at my local Chinese grocer also at a couple of chain healthfood stores. I find that a package of each which comes dry will last a long time. If you don’t live near any of these, there are excellent mail-order sources.
    I enjoy a cup of Miso soup from Diana’s recipe, nearly everyday. Thank you.

  6. Diana Herrington July 22, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Johnny, that is great! Also, thank you for the tips on where to get seaweed.

  7. Joy Markman September 29, 2011 at 8:49 am

    I will try it soon as I get the ingredients. Joy

  8. @lacouvee November 29, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    Hi Diana:

    Great recipe – I tend to use whatever I have in the way of vegetables and noodles. Sometimes I’ll add tofu or a beaten egg, even shrimp.

    And – gasp – I use powdered dashi to make the stock.

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