Recipe: Vegetarian Miso Noodle Soup

Published 10/22/13 by:

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  If you read this blog regularly, you’ll know that most of my recipes are haphazard adaptations of people’s Pinterest posts. Well folks, consider this my culinary awakening, because I literally threw stuff in a pot on my own accord, and it came out delicious. Okay, so I’m biased, but I’m also picky, so I feel like you should trust me. I even did that thing where you slurp some of the soup using a wooden spoon to see how it is, and I accurately pinpointed what the broth needed and MADE IT BETTER. Usually when I think something needs “a little extra” or “a pinch of this” it goes awry. Tonight the cooking goddesses were on my side. Hallelujah! So, if you’re someone who has an affinity for all Asian cuisine (like myself), then look no further! This soup presents like a Pho, but tastes more Japanese because of its Miso base. My culinary naiveté prevents me from getting more explicit than that. I hope you enjoy this soup as much as I did!

Ingredients:

Half of a red onion diced

One 32 ounce container of Miso broth (I bought mine at Trader Joe’s)

One 16 ounce bag of yellow Lo Mein noodles (the kind you refrigerate before using)

One red Bell pepper diced

One yellow Bell pepper diced

2 tablespoons of Shriracha Garlic Sauce

2 tablespoons of minced Garlic

3 tablespoons of Soy or Gyoza Sauce

1/2 Cup of Water

Directions:

In a large soup pot, put onions, peppers, garlic and Gyoza/Soy sauce and sauté on high heat (a 7 on my up to 10 stove). Once the veggies start to soften, add Miso broth and water. Once the broth is at a simmer, add in noodles. Taste test your broth to see how you feel, and add the Shriracha to your liking. Once the noodles have softened, serve your soup!

**Possible variations: use frozen dumplings instead of Lo Mein noodles, add tofu, include mushrooms, include scallions, add a meat, use curry powder instead of Sriracha.

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Recipe From a Guest: Vegetarian Pot Pie

Published 10/1/13 by:

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A guest post/recipe from my friend and fellow blogger, Steph!

There is nothing quite like the comforts of home and to me it manifests the most in smells. Fresh cut grass, firewood for the woodstove, the many aromas of the kitchen. So today I decided to make a pot pie. The smell of pie crust, savory or sweet, is one of the best smells in my opinion. It smells like Autumn. So good.

 Let me first say that I do not eat meat, however this is an extremely versatile recipe and you can most certainly add chicken or beef if you prefer. I would recommend grilling if you can, just to get some added flavor, but baking will suffice. Just make sure to dice the meat into small chunks. You can also use almost any vegetable, whatever you have in the fridge.

 You can also make your crust from scratch. I have never found a better crust than my grandmother’s, flakey, buttery, salty, mmmm. However, I have one square foot of counter space in my apartment so making crust is sort of out of the question. If you’re feeling ambitious, by all means make it yourself. Nothing tastes quite as good as homemade pie crust.

 

So here’s what I did…

 

Ingredients:

(Note: you can certainly use potatoes, peppers, zucchini, squash, whatever vegetables you like, I just happen to have these in the fridge so that’s what I used)

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Directions:

Make sure, first and foremost, that your pie dough is at room temperature or else it will break when you unroll it. Using a 9 inch pie pan lay the first piece of dough in, pressing it to fit the pan and poke with a fork. I’d like to be able to tell you what the purpose of this is, but I have no idea. I assume it has something to do with letting the pie crust breath, but that could be utter nonsense. But everyone on Food Network does it so it must serve some purpose.

 In a large sauté pan melt butter and sauté veggies over medium heat. Some veggies, like potatoes and carrots, need longer to soften so you’ll just have to gauge when it’s ready. I thoroughly support tasting what you’re making throughout the process. How will you know if it needs more of something if you aren’t tasting it?

 When it has reached the softness you desire (about ten minutes or so) add the flour. This is going to be your thickening agent. Stir well and continue to cook about two minutes. Slowly add the broth in increments, about a half a cup at a time. This allows the flour to mix with the broth and create a creaminess. Then add in the milk. Full disclosure, I grabbed half and half by accident at the store. You can use cream or milk, it all does the trick. Now you need to add salt and pepper to your taste preference. I also added dill because I just love it. You can add thyme, if you like. It’s whatever you like to taste. But make sure you add salt and pepper, otherwise this will be rather tasteless when it’s done.

 Here’s a little secret… I also added about 1/4 cup of parmesan. Good quality parmesan. This is not typical in a pot pie but I had it in my fridge and it will add to the creaminess of the filling. And, well, I really just love cheese.

 So by now the filling is thoroughly mixed and is thick and creamy. Pour it into the pie crust and cover with the second pie crust. Cut a slit in the center to let it vent while cooking. Also, make sure to crimp/press the edges so the filling doesn’t leak out the sides while cooking. Then brush with egg wash (just an egg that’s been beaten). Bake at 400 degrees F for 30-35 minutes, or until crust begins to turn golden-brown.

 

Enjoy!

 

Stephanie Blackburn is the author of two YA novels (SUMMER AT NINETEEN and I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND), both of which can be found on Amazon. For more of her recipes as well as book related news you can check out her blog, http://stephaniemaeblackburn.blogspot.com/ 

 

 

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