Cook the Book: Miso Soup with Fennel and Ginger

Cook the Book: Miso Soup with Fennel and Ginger
  • Rated: 5.0

Today's recipe from The Breakaway Cook is an adaptation of Japanese miso soup. Instead of using the traditional seaweed-bonito broth known as dashi, author Eric Gower replaces it with something that's probably a little more familiar to Western cooks—chicken stock. Gower recommends using a combo of red miso and white miso but says that yellow miso works just fine (and is more readily available in most supermarkets). Itadakimasu!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 fennel bulb. trimmed, cored, and roughly chopped 1 red onion, minced
  • 3 heaping tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 2 heaping tablespoons white miso
  • 1 heaping tablespoon red miso
  • A few tablespoons cubed soft tofu (optional)
  • Sprinkling of minced fresh chives (optional)

Directions

  1. 1.

    Melt the butter with the olive oil in a skillet over medium-low heat, add the fennel, red onion, and ginger; sauté until soft, about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, bring the stock to a boil in a small soup pot over high heat. Reduce heat to simmer gently, add the onion mixture, and simmer for about 20 minutes.

  2. 2.

    Strain and discard all solids, add the miso, and turn off heat. Stir until miso is fully dissolved. Add the tofu and chives, if desired.

  3. 3.

    Photograph courtesy of William Morrow