This delicious broth is loaded with nutritious vegetables such as shiitake mushrooms and spinach.

Everyday Food, January/February 2009

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
4
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium. Add mushrooms, scallion whites, garlic, and ginger; season with salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms are tender, 6 minutes.

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  • Add broth and 3 cups water; bring to a boil. Add soba; reduce to a simmer, and cook 5 minutes. Add spinach; cook just until tender, about 1 minute. Add lime juice and soy sauce. Serve topped with scallion greens.

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Reviews (18)

48 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 22
  • 3 star values: 11
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 3 stars
09/21/2018
I took off the star for the use of garlic. Why does everyone have to put it in every recipe?! This is a Japanese inspired soup with primarily Japanese ingredients and the Japanese rarely, if ever, use garlic. The Chinese use it a lot so I don't like this fusion.
Rating: Unrated
12/09/2014
I love this soup! Just made it tonight. I added scallops & miso and left out the soy sauce.
Rating: 5 stars
09/02/2013
I loved it! I didn't have soba noodles in the house, so I used udon instead and still fabulous! I added more soy sauce to my individual bowl of soup as I love soy sauce. The flavor is so rich and yet the dish is light. I will be making this throughout the fall and the winter. So easy and so flavorful. Better than some soups I've had at Asian restaurants, may be the fact that it's homemade and everything was fresh, fresh, fresh. So glad I made this.
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Rating: Unrated
03/14/2011
Yummy, yummy soup. This is a very easy asian-inspired dish. I hate mushrooms, however, so I put in a few slices of deli roast beef instead. :)
Rating: Unrated
01/23/2011
Easy, very fresh, complementary flavors. Great idea on the tofu AnnieGB! For vegetarians, it is super-good with mushroom broth, in place of chicken broth. This will be a staple in our home.
Rating: Unrated
08/24/2009
This was good. My daughter loved the noodles and the mushrooms. My husband felt this could have used less lime juice. He also thought that tofu would make a nice addition.
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Rating: Unrated
02/25/2009
I really liked this soup. It was easy to make and took no time at all.
Rating: Unrated
01/15/2009
I LOVED it! I served it with a poached salmon. It was so good I'm making it again tonight!
Rating: Unrated
01/15/2009
I normally love soups like this and it wasn't bad. It isn't my favorite though and I doubt i will make it again.
Rating: Unrated
01/11/2009
Really enjoyed this and agree it is restaurant quality. Heeded some comments and tweaked mine this way: pinch of red pepper flakes sautn n n n ed with the mushroom mixture, added shrimp just before noodles finished but they got lost so I wouldnn n n n n n t do it again, lastly added minced cilantro with the scallion greens at serving. What can I do next time? Some thoughts (reiterating some previous comments); can add bean sprouts, bok choy, mushroom broth instead of water, snow peas, red bell pepper, poached/scrambled egg, leftover chicken. It's one of those you can embellish or then again, it can be eaten just as is.
Rating: Unrated
01/10/2009
This soup is delicious! I added a little ponzu sauce for flavor. My kids even liked it!
Rating: Unrated
01/09/2009
Loved the soup! I was so easy to make and it was very delicious.
Rating: Unrated
01/08/2009
I also tried this soup but tweaked it for my pregnancy, my chicken loving husband,and lack of items at the grocery. I added water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, bean sprouts and browned chopped ginger chicken. I also had to use Ramen noodles ( without seasoning packet) due to lack of soba noodles in my area and dried shiitake mushrooms. I also added the dried shittake broth and used the 3 cups instead of plain water. Added a great mushroomy flavor! One of my favorite recipes!
Rating: Unrated
01/07/2009
I saw Martha prepare this recipe on Monday. Couldn't find the soba noodles at the grocery store, so I used rice noodles since they were low in fat grams. This is restaurant quality and like the idea of adding shrimp. The ingredients are nicely balanced for flavor. I will make this again.
Rating: Unrated
01/06/2009
I prepared this awesome soup last night after watching the show. Since my grocery was out of soba noodles I used brown rice instead -- which proved to be very hearty. In addition to using all organic ingredients I also served a farm fresh poached egg on top. Can't wait to try it again.
Rating: Unrated
01/05/2009
LOVE this soup -- just made it last night for the first time. The shitakes cook down quite a bit (like all mushrooms) so I may add extra next time.
Rating: Unrated
01/05/2009
this was great. I added some medium sized shrimp at the very end
Rating: Unrated
01/03/2009
What happens to the parsley? Wouldn't some cilantro be tastier?
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