January 9, 2015

Ginger Miso Soba Soup

Ginger Miso Soba Soup | Fork Knife Swoon @forkknifeswoon

This has been a week made up entirely of Mondays. After the holiday deluge of over-eating, over-drinking, under-exercising and just generally not being the kindest to my body, this first week of January has been about recovery and hitting the reset button, and I know I’m not alone. We’re all in the midst of some sort of holiday detox, whether that means big kale salads and green smoothies, or simply paring back a bit from all the excesses of the season.

It’s still very much winter here – albeit a coastal winter, gentler than those of you in the midwest and east coast are currently experiencing – but still cold. The northern light is lower and even bluer than I imagined it could be when we first moved here over the summer. I can’t feign much interest in juice cleanses, but I do like the idea of a clean start. In the calm that follows – or rather begins – a new year.

I’m craving big bowls of healthy, healing… green. It’s the time of year for big, hearty bowls of grains and roasted vegetables, and certainly less sugar, but most of all: soups – flavorful, healing broths packed with goodness to warm you up from the inside out.

Ginger Miso Soba Soup | Fork Knife Swoon @forkknifeswoonGinger Miso Soba Soup | Fork Knife Swoon @forkknifeswoon

When it comes to soup, I like lots of texture, particularly that lovely contrast between a warm, nourishing broth, and lots of fresh, raw veggies piled on top, that so often pops up in Asian-inspired recipes. I’ve been imagining a hearty miso soup for a while now, stocked with warming garlic and ginger, swirls of buckwheat soba noodles, chunks of tofu and a heaping of veggies. The vegetables – in this case handfuls of chopped scallions, shitake mushrooms, lacinato kale leaves and radish sprouts – cook a bit when added to the soup, but maintain their freshness and a bit of crunch. Not particularly authentic, but nonetheless soul-satisfying.

The flavorful, ginger-y miso broth can easily be made in advance, and warmed up when chilly days beg for a restorative soup filled with fresh veggies (whatever you happen to have on hand at the moment). Happy Weekend!

Ginger Miso Soba Soup | Fork Knife Swoon @forkknifeswoon

Ginger Miso Soba Soup

  • Author: Fork Knife Swoon
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 2 Servings


Ginger Miso Broth

  • 2 tsp sesame or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, finely-minced
  • 2 tsp fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh ginger, minced (or use crushed ginger paste)
  • 1 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 4 cups (32 oz) chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 Tbsp miso (I use Miso Master or Westbrae Natural Mellow Red Miso)
  • kosher salt and freshly-ground black pepper, as needed

For the Ginger Miso Soba Soup

  • 4 oz soba (buckwheat) noodles
  • 1/2 cup fresh shitake mushrooms, roughly-chopped
  • 1 cup (packed) kale leaves, roughly-chopped
  • 7 oz firm or extra-firm tofu
  • 1/2 cup scallions, chopped
  • small handful of radish sprouts, pea shoots, bean sprouts, etc.
  • sesame seeds and/or chili flakes, for serving


  1. Make the Broth: Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat, until shimmering. Add the onion, garlic and ginger, and cook for a few minutes until softened. Add the soy sauce, and stir to combine. Cook for another minute. Add the stock, cover and bring to a boil. Remove the lid, and let simmer uncovered for another 10 minutes.
  2. Ladle a half cup or so of the broth into a small bowl. Stir in the miso and whisk until dissolved. Pour the miso broth into the pot and cook for a minute or two to heat through (but don’t let come to a boil).
  3. Assemble the Ginger Miso Soba Soup: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the soba noodles according to package directions, about 3 minutes. Alternatively, cook the soba noodles in the simmering ginger broth, prior to adding the miso. Add the mushrooms and kale and cook for a minute or two to soften.
  4. OR Divide the soba, mushrooms and kale leaves (for crunchier veggies) between two large bowls. Add the tofu. Pour the miso broth over the top and sprinkle with the scallions, sprouts, sesame seeds and chile flakes (if using). Serve warm.



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  • Reply
    January 24, 2018 at 11:15 am

    Having originally omitted, the sesame oil is a essential for the best broth flavor. Thank you for the recipe!

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    January 21, 2018 at 10:32 pm

    Liked this recipe for it’s ease, followed recipe but had a few add-ins, used Trader Joe’s miso ginger soup, 2 tsp chicken broth, bagged baby greens of spinach, chard, and, kale, fresh mushrooms, pkg of frozen stir fry, udon noodles, and shrimp. It was good not to over cook shrimp and miso, but my husband added more spice. Made it with Baked Tofu from Cookie+Kate blog, for the crunch. Everyone liked it, very satisfying and light. Definitely make again!

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    October 9, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    Have you ever cooked the soba noodles in the broth? I’d thought I’d take your suggestion and try it. Ruined our dinner. Our soup turned into a bunch of goo. What could have been a beautiful soup full of organic veggies went down the drain.

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    May 14, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    Toddler devoured it, Husbands slurped merrily and I felt nourished and energized! Thank you for this!

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    April 27, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    Just finished making this… Delicious! Your broth is awesome! I used different veggies… bok choy, scallions, and red cabbage. Thanks for the recipe!

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      April 28, 2016 at 11:38 am

      Thanks so much, Rachel! Glad you enjoyed it!

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    January 19, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    this looks great, although i would defintely not recommend cooking the soba noodles in the soup as they will stick together and go mushy – you should always rinse them in cold water straight after cooking! then arrange in the bowl and pour the soup over. That said, I’m going to try this recipe out tomorrow night 🙂

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      January 20, 2016 at 1:45 pm

      Thanks, Lu! Hope you enjoy!

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    January 9, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    My girlfriend and I absolutely loved this. One suggestion: if you can get ahold of some katsuobushi (smoked/seasoned tuna flakes), putting some in during the 10-minute simmer at the end of Step 1 doesn’t hurt a bit. Just be sure to strain it out afterwards; it’s very strong!

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      January 11, 2016 at 9:13 am

      Thanks, Tyler! So glad you and your girlfriend loved this one. Will definitely have to try this with some katsuobushi sometime 🙂

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    January 4, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    Do you think this can be made in advance and frozen in small portions for work lunches? Which parts should be left out until it is ready to be eaten? Thanks!

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      January 5, 2016 at 2:02 pm

      I think the soup broth could definitely be made in advance and/or frozen, but I’m not sure about the add ins… The soba, veggies and tofu are all pretty delicate and I would be worried about freezing them and things getting weird/soggy. BUT maybe you could freeze small portions of the broth, and then add in the noodles and veggies when you heat it up? Nothing takes more than a few minutes to cook/heat through. Hope that helps! Let me know how it turns out!

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    November 30, 2015 at 9:39 am

    This soup was really wonderful. Thank you for coming up with the recipe.

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      November 30, 2015 at 9:43 am

      Thank you so much, Hope!

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    October 14, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Tonight I’m making this soba noodle soup for the third time, and it is amazing every time. So easy to make and the flavour is beautiful. Thank you! 🙂

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      October 14, 2015 at 11:39 am

      Oh I’m so happy to hear that! Thanks, Kathy!

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    February 23, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    I made the soup for the first time today. It was delicious!

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      March 4, 2015 at 3:23 pm

      Thanks, Lola! I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed it!

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    January 11, 2015 at 5:08 am

    The instructions call for mirin, but it is not in the ingredient list. I don’t know what mirin is. Thanks!

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      January 11, 2015 at 9:49 am

      Ooops! The mirin shouldn’t be there (it’s a Japanese condiment made of sweetened rice wine). I’ve corrected the recipe, thanks!!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    January 9, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    Love, love, love this flavour! This soup is gorgeous!

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      January 10, 2015 at 1:32 pm

      Thanks, Katrina!!