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modern miso soup

This is a simple and easy way to prepare miso soup in the comfort of your own home!

Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword carrots, kale, miso soup, mushrooms, tofu, vegan miso soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2
Author Lauren Toyota


  • 2 C water
  • 1 C low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 3 tbsp white miso paste
  • 2 tsp tamari
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 2-3 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 C medium firm tofu, chopped into cubes
  • 3 C kale, chopped and stems removed
  • 1 C shitake mushrooms
  • 1 carrot, thinly sliced


  1. I made this on the fly, so the measurements are mostly accurate. I decided frying the tofu cubes in an iron skillet with a few drops of sesame oil would make the tofu more palatable and interesting (which it did!). Fry the tofu cubes while you bring the water and low-sodium vegetable stock to a near boil. 

  2. Turn the heat down to low and let the water settle down. You never want to add miso paste to boiling hot water, as it alters the taste and nutrients. Add in miso paste, ginger, garlic, and low-sodium soy sauce. Stir until mixed and add the tofu cubes to the soup once lightly crisped on the outside. 

  3. In a separate pan, cook down shitake mushrooms and kale for 5 minutes or so until everything shrinks in size. 

  4. Add the mushrooms, kale, green onion, and carrot to the soup and simmer on low for another 5-10 minutes. Taste the broth to ensure it's to your liking in terms of flavour and saltiness. You can always add more miso or a dash more tamari.