Unlike the other soups in this story, this one shouldn't be made ahead. But it can be prepared very quickly.

Martha Stewart Living, January 2013


Recipe Summary

15 mins
30 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Bring water and kombu to a boil in a large saucepan. Remove from heat, stir in bonito flakes, and let stand 5 minutes. Pour broth through a fine sieve into a bowl, discard solids, and return broth to pan.

  • Add soy sauce, squash, and mushrooms to broth. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until squash is tender, about 10 minutes. Season with more soy sauce if desired.

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add noodles, and cook, stirring occasionally, until noodles are al dente, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain, and rinse under cold water.

  • Divide noodles among 4 bowls. Ladle soup over noodles, dollop with tofu, and garnish with scallions.

Cook's Notes

There are no substitutes for kombu and bonito flakes -- two necessary ingredients in the simple Japanese sea stock called dashi -- but they are easy to find at Asian markets, many supermarkets, and asianfoodgrocer.com.


Reviews (1)

Rating: Unrated
I had wanted to find a recipe that could come as close as possible to replicate our favorite soup from a local Japanese Restaurant. This sounded pretty close so I gave it a try. It was really easy to make and tasted absolutely delicious. It wasn't exactly the same as the one I was trying to recreate but honestly I think I liked this one more. The hardest part about making this was finding the ingredients. Luckily I found the site efooddepot.com and they had everything it called for.