Recipes · Week in Review

In Review: A Mish-Mash Miso Soup for Quick Dinners

A while back I was home by myself, it had been a bad week, was cold and rainy, and I wanted something comforting. But not just any comforting – not junk food or candy or the usual go-to’s. I wanted something with a heavy hit of flavor. Savory, silky, crunchy, full of vegetables and goodness. Something to get me out of the funk.

I dug around in the fridge, finding not a whole lot left. We had frozen peas, firm tofu, some frozen dumplings (for some reason I got these during an ice storm in a panic…we have an electric stove so they wouldn’t have done us much good), miso paste, an egg, an odd bunch of celery, and some onions. Just odds and ends lying about.

I won’t tell you that this is traditional. Or fancy. Or in any way legit. But it is damn good. And that poached egg sends it over the top.

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Poached Egg Kitchen Sink Miso Soup with Dumplings

Serves 1 generously

  • 4 frozen dumplings (I used Ajinomoto pork gyoza but use whatever you like)
  • 1 stalk celery, sliced thinly
  • 1 handful of peas, frozen or fresh
  • 1/2 cup cubed firm tofu
  • 1/4 cup onion, finely diced
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 2-3 tbs miso paste, to taste
  1. Heat a skillet on medium heat without oil. Place the dumplings flat side down onto the hot pan and add 2-3 ounces of water. Cook the dumplings on medium for 2-3 minutes. Remove the lid and let the water cook off until dumplings are crispy on the bottom and browned- about 5 minutes. (You can also steam if you want but I like the crunch).
  2. Heat 1 1/2 cups of water over medium heat with peas, onion, and celery until vegetables are softened but still have a bit of bite – about 5-10 minutes. Stir in the tofu and miso paste and heat until warm.
  3. In a small pot, poach an egg in water over a gentle boil until white are opaque and firm.
  4. Pour the miso broth into a bowl, top with gyoza and poached egg. Serve!

*Please note that you really can use just about anything on hand for the vegetables – quartered tomatoes, avocado, spinach, sliced radishes, asparagus, snap peas – you name it, it’ll probably work!

*If you need a hand deciding which dumplings to get, check this list out!

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