Miso Soup with Tofu and Kale

Photo: Richard Gerhard Jung

Kale, ginger, garlic, and soybeans, in the form of miso and tofu, combine to lend flavor and nutrients to a delicate soup.


  • 5 cups water or unsalted vegetable broth

  • 2 scallions, white and light-green parts only, thinly sliced

  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger

  • 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced

  • 3 tablespoons light-colored miso

  • 2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce

  • 3 ounces kale, trimmed and shredded

  • 6 ounces firm tofu, drained, cut into ½-inch cubes


  1. Bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add scallions, ginger, and garlic. Reduce heat; cover, and simmer 10 minutes.

  2. Add miso, and stir to dissolve. Add soy sauce, kale, and tofu; return to a simmer, and continue cooking until kale is tender, about 5 minutes. Serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

This soup is brimming with soy, an excellent source of protein as well as antioxidants. Kale, a cruciferous vegetable, is high in vitamins A and C, folic acid, calcium, and iron.

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