Minimal Monday: Miso Wonton Soup

Miso Wonton Soup

Miso Wonton Soup is healthy, hearty comfort food that can be on the table in less than 30 minutes.

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How nice is it that simple, clean, and healthy food is so often the easiest to throw together.  It’s almost embarrassing how easy.  This Miso Wonton Soup doesn’t really even cook at all in the traditional sense, so if you can boil water, you can make it.  I hate to insult your intelligence by posting the recipe, but if you’re like me, it sometimes helps to be reminded, visually if possible, of easy solutions for those times when you’re hungry, cold, in a hurry, and your mind decides to go blank on you.

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The secret to this warm, satisfying and low calorie lunch is in the freezer.  It’s a bag of frozen mini chicken and cilantro wontons.  I got them at Costco, but you can find them at Trader Joe’s and other places.   Between the canned broth, the miso paste, which keeps forever in the fridge, and the frozen wontons, this is one of those recipes you can make on the fly, no trip to the grocery store required.  The veggies can be almost anything you have around…if you don’t have baby bok choy, scallions and a carrot you can use frozen peas, celery, bell peppers, mushrooms, anything you like.  Just slice them very thinly because they don’t get simmered in the soup, they become crisp/tender on contact with the hot broth just before serving.

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Nutritious miso paste turns chicken broth, or water for that matter, into a rich savory soup.  It’s made from fermented soybeans or grains, and comes in several variations such as red, white, and yellow.  They vary in flavor but can be used interchangeably.   You’ll find it in a refrigerated section along with wonton wrappers and tofu.

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Miso Wonton Soup

Yield: serves 4

Ingredients

  • 28 oz (about 3 1/2 cups) chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • about 16-20 mini wontons
  • 2 Tbsp miso paste (I used yellow)
  • 1 baby bok choy, thinly sliced
  • 6 scallions, thinly sliced, white and some of the green parts, too
  • 1 carrot, sliced paper thin (use the 1/8 inch setting on a mandoline slicer)

Instructions

  1. Heat the broth and water to a simmer in a saucepan. Add the wontons and simmer gently until they are heated through, this will just take a few minutes.
  2. Add the miso to the soup and stir until dissolved. Add the veggies and bring the soup back to a simmer.
  3. Serve hot.
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A lot of people say the Japanese have the healthiest eating habits on earth.  All you have to do is look at Japanese food to see the striking differences between it and most of what we eat in the West.  From the thin broth, to the delicate,  translucent wonton wrappers, to the paper thin slices of carrot, this soup is the model of restraint.  If you’re looking to get a little healthier in ’14, or lose a pound or two, this is your soup.

 

20 Comments

  • Reply
    Renea
    March 2, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    I couldn’t find the miso paste, but I did find Miso Soup instant soybean paste soup by Mishima. There are 3 packets inside. Is this what you were talking about, will it work?

    • Reply
      Sue
      March 2, 2017 at 1:44 pm

      That would be a different form of miso, Rena, miso paste is fresh and in the refrigerated section of the grocery store, but if it’s all you can find, then go for it, I’m sure it will be delicious.

  • Reply
    Drea
    February 20, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    I just had to drop by and let you know that this soup is really delicious and MY KIDS ATE IT.
    Win win win! Thank you!

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 20, 2017 at 6:25 pm

      Yay! That’s always cause for celebration :) Thanks for letting me know Drea.

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    Amy
    November 21, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    This was delicious! It will now be my go to this winter, especially when I’m sick with a cold.

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    Gerlinde
    July 24, 2015 at 11:59 am

    I love soups this and make them all the time. Your soup looks great, I like the added baby bok choy. Once in a blue moon I make my own won tons and they are really good.

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 24, 2015 at 12:40 pm

      I love homemade wontons, they are definitely the best, but I also love the convenience of the frozen ones!

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    Dee
    May 28, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    Who knew it was so easy to make wonton soup? The hardest part is how time-consuming wrapping all the wontons is, but the recipe itself isn’t complicated. Better than any wonton soup I’ve ever had from a Chinese restaurant, I have used this same recipe to make fish dumpling soup both with and without wontons!

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  • Reply
    Lori
    January 15, 2014 at 9:38 am

    I could go for a bowl of this right now! I love anything with dumplings and a warming soup makes it even better. Delicious!

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    2 Sisters Recipes
    January 9, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Another great soup! I love the wontons in this one and thank you for telling us where to find them. Miso soup happens to be my daughters favorite soup and she has been asking me to make some for the longest time … so Thank you for the recipe, now I can make it for her!! One question, can I find the miso paste in any supermarket?

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    Kitchen Belleicious
    January 7, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    oh wow the wontons look perfect and the flavor of that broth looks delicious

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    Abbe@This is How I Cook
    January 7, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    I am so pinning this. Right now I have miso in the fridge and the little wontons from Costco. I’m thinking this would be a great lunch tomorrow! Thanks, Sue!

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    SallyBR
    January 7, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Don’t feel bad for posting a simple recipe, although I will confess that when I blogged about miso soup I was unsure if I should go ahead and do it. But, as you said, sometimes it’s good to be reminded of classic, easy recipes.

    this one perfect for this time of the year…

  • Reply
    denise@magnoliaverandad
    January 6, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Looks lovely and light.

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    Kristine
    January 6, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Simply perfect! Making it tonight!

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    Sarah Toasty
    January 6, 2014 at 9:58 am

    keep beautifully simple recipes like this coming, I’m the person that needs the reminder! My resolution this year is not eat out when I’m alone and I’m loving rediscovering all of my favorite soups and sandwiches

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      Sue
      January 6, 2014 at 11:22 am

      My downfall is resorting to fast food when I’m tired and hungry. Glad you like the recipes!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    January 6, 2014 at 9:23 am

    I love the bok choy and using frozen wontons is perfect! I don’t feel insulted – I love being reminded that good food doesn’t have to take all day to make :)

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