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Kabocha Pumpkin Hot Pot

Kabocha pumpkin gives this traditional Asian dish, from Tadashi Ono and Harris Salat's "Japanese Hot Pots" cookbook, its delightful flavor. Photo credit: Lucy Schaeffer

  • servings: 4

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Ingredients

  • 8 pieces dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup mirin
  • 2 (6-inch) pieces kombu
  • 1/2 kabocha pumpkin (about 1 pound), seeded and cut into bite-size pieces
  • 4 ounces daikon, peeled, halved lengthwise, and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 3 small taro roots (about 1/2 pound), peeled and quartered lengthwise (quarters halved if more than 2 inches long)
  • 1 medium carrot (about 4 ounces), peeled, halved lengthwise, and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 1 negi, sliced on the bias into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 ounces napa cabbage, sliced
  • 3 1/2 ounces shimeji mushrooms, trimmed and pulled apart
  • 1 pound (2 blocks) frozen, precooked udon noodles, or 8 ounces dried
  • Shichimi togarashi, for garnish

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Place shiitake mushrooms in a large bowl and add 5 cups of water. Cover and let stand at room temperature for 5 hours.

  2. Step 2

    Strain liquid into a large bowl, reserving both liquid and mushrooms. Trim stems and discard; cut caps in half and set aside. Add soy sauce and mirin to bowl with mushroom liquid; set aside.

  3. Step 3

    Place kombu on the bottom of a 4 1/2- to 5-quart Japanese clay donabe or cast-iron pot. Top with pumpkin, daikon, taro, carrot, negi, cabbage, shimeji mushrooms, and reserved halved shiitake mushrooms. Add mushroom liquid mixture.

  4. Step 4

    Cover pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes. Uncover and add noodles; let simmer until noodles are tender, about 10 minutes more. Serve immediately garnished with shichimi togarashi.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, January 2010

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Reviews (1)

  • 7 Jan, 2013

    Ever since I discovered kabocha squash, I have been looking for healthy ways to incorporate it. This soup is amazing: hearty but on a light side, the mushroom broth and kombu hit the umami spot, and the wonderful mix of veggies is very satisfying. Whenever I don't have taro on hand, I just use potatoes. I substitute napa cabbage with regular white or savoy cabbage. In a pinch, I use any mushrooms, like oyster, cremini, etc. The dish still comes out great. Do give it a try.