Shiitake Miso Soup with Black Beans and Spinach (Vegan)

Shiitake mushrooms bring rich, deep flavor to a classic Asian dashi broth in this healthy miso soup.  Black beans add plant-based protein while a touch of spinach adds color and vegetarian nutrition.  This spicy-savory broth is a favorite recipe for cold winter nights and fending off any colds and germs.

MEDIUM             Servings: 4               Ready In: 20 minutes

Shiitaki Mushroom Miso Soup with Black Beans - Healthy, Plant-Based, Oil-Free, Vegan Ramen

Shiitaki Mushroom Miso Soup with Black Beans - Healthy, Plant-Based, Oil-Free, Vegan Ramen

Ingredients

1 (4-6 inch) piece kombu
2 inches fresh ginger root
2 cups dried shiitake mushrooms
1 small Thai red bird chili
1 Tbs miso paste
2 cups water
4 scallions
5 oz baby spinach ( about 2 cups)
1 (15-ounce) can black beans
Tamari, to adjust salt level to tast


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Shiitake Mushroom Miso Soup with Black Beans

Procedure

Gather ingredients. 

To make the Shiitake Dashi: Wipe the kombu with a damp towel to remove any dust or grit.  Scrub and slice the ginger
Combine dried mushrooms, kombu, ginger, red chili, miso, and water in large pot. Cover and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 10 minutes
Meanwhile, prep other ingredients: separate white roots from green tips of scallions and thinly slice
Drain and rinse black beans

To finish the Soup: When the dashi is done, turn off heat. Drain the dashi so you only have a broth. Discard the kombu mixture. Return the broth to low heat
Add the spinach, beans, and white scallions to the broth
Cover and simmer until spinach wilts, just 2-3 minutes

Garnish with green scallion and serve

Chef's Tips: Dried shiitake mushrooms have a rich, umami flavor, that is so satisfying for a plant-based diet.  You can also use other dried mushrooms like oyster and porcini.  For a true Ramen noodle bowl, serve this Dashi broth with brown rice noodles, shredded carrots, and bean sprouts.
 


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Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1/4 of a recipe (about 2 cups).

Calories 185.07
Calories From Fat (5%) 9.18
% Daily Value
Total Fat 1.1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0.24g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 342.69mg 14%
Potassium 778.37mg 22%
Total Carbohydrates 33.63g 11%
Fiber 11.85g 47%
Sugar 3.47g
Protein 11.45g 23%
Calcium 29.29mg 3%
Iron 86.89mg 483%
Vitamin A 3592.56IU 72%
Vitamin C 0mg 0%


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