Ten-Minute Miso Noodle Soup

This soul-warming bowl of miso noodle soup combines the savory richness of miso paste with the simplicity of noodles and an array of fresh, wholesome ingredients. Perfect for busy weekdays, you can be slurping down spoonfuls in just 10 minutes.
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This easy vegan miso noodle soup by Kristie Middleton, author of MeatLess, is top-notch! Who wouldn’t want a warm, savory, and noodle-packed broth bursting with beautiful vegetables? You can enjoy this soup all season long and never get tired of its fantastic flavor.

Traditionally, this soup contains miso, tofu, vegetables, kombu, seafood, and bonito (fish) flakes. This irresistible vegan miso soup recipe steps it up to a new level with nori instead of kombu (a type of kelp) and omits any ingredients made from sea creatures. An excellent alternative, if you ask us!

Satisfy your longing for a sumptuous soup and make this recipe with real zeal! Bring out your best bowls, find your most charming chopsticks, and lug out your loosest pants. Fill your belly with all the glorious goodness that is in this plant-based pot of soup.

Miso Noodle Soup Bowl Close Up

What Is Miso?

Does miso seem mysterious to you? It was seriously strange to me for a long time because I didn’t know what it was and how to handle it. Now, I love it, and I want you to love it, too!

Miso is a mixture of mold (the good kind!), water, a little bit of salt, and cooked soybeans (sometimes with a grain, like rice or barley) that is fermented in crocks from a week up to an entire year. The mold, Aspergillus Oryzea, is called Koji in Japanese. Think of it as being similar to the way blue cheese is created.

This inscrutable ingredient gives a powerful punch to any soup, stew, or even salad dressing. Add a small teaspoon of miso to any liquid or broth and you’ll be blown away by its bold new flavor. Keep a container of miso in the fridge to have on hand for any situations that need a salty spark!

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

This miso noodle soup recipe comes together so fast with less than 10 ingredients! Here are the main components that go into this delicious soup:

  • Soba Noodles: These Japanese buckwheat noodles are a great choice for miso soup, providing a nutty flavor and chewy texture. If you don’t have soba noodles, any healthy noodle option can work like ramen noodles, rice noodles, or udon noodles.
  • Green Onions: Green onions add a mild, fresh flavor to the soup. Dice the white parts and reserve the green parts, slicing them into thin circles for garnish.
  • Yellow Miso Paste: Yellow miso is slightly milder and sweeter compared to other varieties, making it perfect for this dish.
  • Vegetables: This miso noodle soup calls for carrots, broccoli, mushrooms, and kale or Swiss chard. This combination is delicious but feel free to check out the vegetable variations below for more ideas. This recipe is very easy to customize!
  • Firm Tofu: Optional, but it adds a protein boost and a soft, satisfying texture. Make sure to cube it so it mixes well with the other ingredients.
  • Nori: This dried seaweed sheet adds a lovely umami flavor which is slightly sweet and salty but not at all strong or fishy. Tear or cut it into small pieces to distribute evenly throughout the soup.

Vegetable Variations

Feel free to use a variety of vegetables in this soup. If you have some kale that’s looking pretty sad, chop it up and add that! If you don’t have any brilliant green broccoli on hand, you can always substitute a cup of crunchy cauliflower.

Other super tasty options include:

  • Bok choy
  • Snow peas or sugar snap peas
  • Edamame
  • Mung bean sprouts
  • Water chestnuts
  • Purple cabbage

To keep this soup light and easily slurpable, it’s best to keep all of the vegetables thinly sliced and as delicate as possible. Cutting your vegetables on a mandolin might help or using a sharp knife. Prepping your vegetables the night before will make cooking even easier the next day.

How To Make Miso Noodle Soup

Step 1: Fill a pot with water and bring it to a boil. Add the onions and noodles, and let them boil for 3 minutes.

Step 2: In the meantime, dissolve the miso in a small bowl with a tablespoon of warm water, stirring until smooth and lump-free. Set aside.

Step 3: After boiling the onions and noodles for 3 minutes, lower the heat to a simmer and add the vegetables and nori. Let them simmer for 2-3 minutes.

Step 4: Stir in the miso and tofu, if using, and let the soup warm for 1-2 minutes, making sure it doesn’t reach a boil. Remove the pot from heat. Serve the soup in bowls and top with green onions, if desired.

Super Quick Miso Noddles Soup

Top Tips

  • Don’t be too quick to add miso. To preserve the full flavor and nutritional value of miso, add it towards the end of cooking. Avoid boiling the miso paste, as high heat can diminish its taste and beneficial enzymes.
  • Stir the soba noodles. Soba noodles cook quickly and have a tendency to stick together if left unattended. Make sure to stir them while they cook to keep them from clumping together. Any soggy, overcooked soba can also be revived if you quickly rinse them in cold water and submerge them for a moment in a little ice water.

Storing Your Leftover Miso Noodle Soup

Any extra vegan miso soup with noodles can be simply stored in a container in the fridge for up to 5 days. If your soup has lost some of its liquid and is more like a stew, you can easily add a little extra water or vegetable broth before heating.

If you don’t want to lose any of the savory, salty flavors, mix up another small batch of the miso mixture and add to a saucepan with the remainder of the soup. For the miso mixture, add 2 tbsp of miso to ½ cup water or vegetable broth and whisk well. Heat on medium-low for 2-5 minutes, making sure the soup does not come to a boil.

Leftovers can also be kept frozen for up to 6 months in a freezer-safe, covered container. Alternately, you can spoon the soup into empty ice cube trays and store the “soup cubes” in a freezer bag until ready to use.

FAQ’s

What does miso soup with noodles taste like?

The miso paste gives the soup a deep, savory umami flavor. It also brings a balance of saltiness with a hint of sweetness, especially yellow miso. The soba noodles add a subtle nutty flavor, while the vegetables add freshness and variety.

If you make this miso noodle soup recipe, please leave a star rating and let me know what you think in the comments below! I love reading your comments!

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Ten-minute Miso Noodle Soup

5 from 8 votes
Miso is a traditional food that’s been consumed in Japan and China for thousands of years. Made from fermented soybeans, the salty paste can be used in a variety of recipes, but it’s most commonly used in soup, which is widely consumed for breakfast in Japan to get one’s day off to a healthy start. No matter what time of the day you choose to eat it, miso soup is delicious and nourishing. Be mindful though—many restaurants add bonito—dried fish flakes—to their miso soup. This ten-minute Miso Soup offers a slightly different twist on the traditional miso soup and you can customize it with your favorite vegetables.
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water + 1 tablespoon warm water, reserved
  • 2 bundles soba noodles, or ⅔ of a package
  • 2 green onions, white parts diced, greens reserved and sliced into thin circles
  • 4 tablespoons yellow miso paste
  • Your favorite vegetables, options include:
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1 cup kale or Swiss chard ribbons
  • ¼ cup mushrooms, sliced
  • ¼ cup firm tofu, cubed, optional
  • 1 sheet nori, cut into squares, optional

Instructions

  • Put water in a pot and bring to a boil.
  • Add onions and noodles and boil for 3 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, put miso in a small bowl and add a tablespoon of warm water. Stir until smooth, removing all lumps. Set aside.
  • After the onions and noodles have boiled for 3 minutes, reduce heat to a simmer and add vegetables and nori. Allow to simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add miso and tofu, if using and allow to warm for 1-2 minutes, ensuring the soup doesn’t bubble to a boil.
  • Remove from heat. Ladle into bowls and top with green onions if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 156kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1379mg | Potassium: 605mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 14035IU | Vitamin C: 78mg | Calcium: 209mg | Iron: 3mg
Course — Soup
Cuisine — Japanese
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Vegan Miso Noodle Soup recipe by Kristie Middleton, author of MeatLess.

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8 comments
  1. 5 stars
    Just made this miso recipe. i used purple cabage mushrooms and green onions. Unfortunately my firm tofu froze in the frig so i couldnt slice it.
    It’s Delish!!

  2. 5 stars
    Yummy looks amazing, I love noodle soups!

  3. Beatriz Buono-Core says:

    5 stars
    So perfect and so simple! Yum!

  4. 5 stars
    My favorite miso soup recipe! I never liked miso soup growing up, but now I’m addicted. This recipe is just perfect and so simple to make. Yum!

  5. Andrea White says:

    5 stars
    I haven’t tried miso soup before! This one sounds incredible!

  6. 5 stars
    This miso noodle soup is great all year but especially in the winter!

  7. 5 stars
    LOVE making this miso noodle soup! It works great with all different types of noodles…ramen noodles, udon, even spaghetti as an alternative to chicken noodle soup!

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