Luxurious Mushroom and Miso Udon Soup

Luxurious Mushroom and Miso Udon Soup

Mushroom and Miso Udon Soup is a comforting and savory Japanese-inspired dish that perfectly combines the earthiness of mushrooms with the umami flavors of miso. It’s a hearty meal in a bowl that offers a wonderful blend of textures and tastes, perfect for a cozy dinner or a nourishing lunch.

Ingredients:
– 200g dried or fresh udon noodles
– 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
– 1 small onion, thinly sliced
– 2 garlic cloves, minced
– 1 tablespoon grated ginger
– 200g mixed mushrooms (shiitake, cremini, oyster), sliced
– 4 cups vegetable broth
– 3 tablespoons white miso paste
– 2 tablespoons soy sauce
– 1 tablespoon mirin (optional)
– 2 green onions, thinly sliced
– 1 sheet nori, cut into thin strips (optional)
– 100g firm tofu, cubed (optional)
– Fresh cilantro or parsley, chopped (for garnish)

Instructions:

1. Prepare the Noodles:
Begin by cooking the udon noodles according to the package instructions. Once cooked, drain and set aside.

2. Sauté the Aromatics:
In a large pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the sliced onion and cook until translucent. Stir in the minced garlic and grated ginger, cooking for another minute until fragrant.

3. Cook the Mushrooms:
Add the mixed mushrooms to the pot and sauté for about 5 minutes, or until they begin to soften and release their juices.

4. Make the Broth:
Pour in the vegetable broth and bring the mixture to a gentle boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld.

5. Add Miso Paste:
In a separate small bowl, mix the miso paste with a ladle of the hot broth to create a smooth mixture. Then, stir this mixture back into the pot along with the soy sauce and mirin, if using.

6. Combine All Components:
Add the cooked udon noodles and tofu cubes (if using) to the pot, stirring gently to combine. Let them heat through for a few minutes.

7. Serve:
Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with fresh green onions, nori strips (if using), and a sprinkle of chopped cilantro or parsley.

Enjoy your warm, umami-rich Mushroom and Miso Udon Soup!