Some days you just need noodles to make you feel whole. Today was one of those days - it's rainy and muggy here and work is bordering on unbearable. So, to refresh my spirit, I felt the need for Noodle Soup.
Vegetable Soba Soup
1 pt. container White button mushrooms - if you're using large mushrooms, it will take about six mushrooms, sliced thin. If you're using small button mushrooms, in half will do.
2 large stalks celery, sliced very thin on the diagonal
3 scallions, white part and a small quantity of the green, also sliced thin on the diagonal
1/3 to 1/2 chile, seeds removed, diced very fine - I had a poblano on hand, so I used a 1/4 of that. I've used a half of a seeded jalapeno
1 1/2 T white miso paste
1 T low sodium soy sauce (or more to taste)
2 cups of water
1 large box container (32 oz) vegetable (chicken will work as well) broth
You can julienne some carrots, but I was too lazy.
1/2 package of buckwheat soba noodles (cooked separately - otherwise the broth gets very starchy)
Combine the miso with the liquid ingredients and heat over low flame, stirring until the miso has dissolved (taste - if you like it a bit salty, you may want to add another teaspoon of the miso). Bring to a brisk simmer and then add the veggies. Simmer for 10 minutes or until the veggies are tender. I sprinkled chopped cilantro over the top.
It smelled so good the kitties actually woke up from their mid-afternoon coma: