I learned this soup from Lenore Baum. She teaches macrobiotic cooking classes. This is my favorite way to enjoy miso. I'm sure you'll love it too.
Soup for breakfast! It sounds crazy, but once you try it, I think you will be hooked. Warm and nourishing, it gives you a better jump-start than any cup of Java, without the caffeine. Eat it with a toasted English muffin or sourdough bread with Spectrum Naturals® Canola Spread.
8 cups water
1 6-inch strip wakame
1 small buttercup squash
1 medium onion, cut into
thin, 1/2 moons
1 small daikon radish, cut
into thin, 1/2 moons
6 TBS. barley miso, or to
1 scallion, thinly sliced, to
1. Bring water to a boil in a large stock pot.
2. Cover wakame with water and let soak for about 5 minutes.
Then, cut it into 1/2-inch squares. Set aside.
3. Meanwhile, remove blemished areas from the squash skin. Leave
remaining skin intact. Cut in half lengthwise, from top to bottom.
Scoop out seeds. Trim away stem and blossom ends. Cut into
1/2-inch cubes. Set aside.
4. Add onion and wakame to the pot. Simmer uncovered 5 minutes.
5. Add daikon. Simmer uncovered until fork-tender, about 5 minutes.
6. Add squash. Simmer uncovered until fork-tender, 5-8 minutes.
7. Reduce heat so that soup is no longer boiling.
8. In a small bowl, purée miso in a little hot broth with a spoon or
whisk. Return purée to the pot. Serve garnished with scallion.
Substitute carrots, rutabaga, parsnips, cabbage or butternut squash for buttercup squash.
Add 1/2 cup-1 cup diced daikon greens or other greens to step #6.
Add 2 slices of fresh ginger to step #7.
To make a one-pot breakfast meal, add leftover cooked rice, millet or noodles to the soup.
Use an 8-inch chef's knife to cut through the dense skin of buttercup squash. Hold the squash securely on a cutting board,
stem side up. Place the tip of the knife into the top of the squash
and cut with a rocking downward motion. Repeat on other side.
To preserve the friendly bacteria and enzymes in miso soup, do not boil it when reheating. For the same reason, so not freeze it.
It will keep refrigerated for one week.