Soba Noodles with Miso Broth

Soba Noodles with Miso BrothRecipe
Photo: Jan Smith
Soba is a Japanese pasta made with buckwheat and wheat flour. For more heat, add 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper instead of 1/4 teaspoon. Although their tough texture makes them undesirable to eat, the shiitake stems are used to flavor the chicken broth, then discarded.


6 servings (serving size: 2/3 cup noodles, 1 1/2 cups broth, 1/4 cup cabbage, about 1 1/2 tablespoons carrots, about 1 1/2 tablespoons onions, and 1 teaspoon sesame seeds)

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Nutritional Information

Calories 423
Caloriesfromfat 21 %
Fat 10 g
Satfat 1.8 g
Monofat 3 g
Polyfat 4.3 g
Protein 22.9 g
Carbohydrate 63.1 g
Fiber 7.7 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Iron 9.9 mg
Sodium 905 mg
Calcium 142 mg


8 ounces shiitake mushrooms
9 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1 (5-inch) piece peeled fresh ginger, sliced
1 whole garlic head, peeled and crushed
3 tablespoons yellow miso (soybean paste)
1 (14-ounce) package extrafirm tofu, drained and diced
1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
12 ounces buckwheat soba noodles
1 1/2 cups shredded napa (Chinese) cabbage
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup finely sliced green onions
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds


Remove stems from mushrooms. Reserve stems. Slice mushroom caps into (1/4-inch) julienne strips; set aside.

Combine stems, broth, ginger, and garlic in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes. Strain broth through a sieve into a bowl; discard solids. Add miso to broth, stirring well with a whisk. Add tofu. Cover and keep warm.

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add sliced mushrooms caps and pepper to pan; sauté 3 minutes or until browned. Add to broth mixture.

Cook noodles according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain and rinse with cold water; drain.

Place 2/3 cup noodles into each of 6 shallow bowls; pour 1 1/2 cups hot broth mixture over each serving. Garnish each serving with 1/4 cup cabbage, about 1 1/2 tablespoons carrots, about 1 1/2 tablespoons onions, and 1 teaspoon sesame seeds.