Miso soup is a flavorful Japanese dish consisting of a few simple ingredients, but when making your own miso soup recipe, you can add additional healthy ingredients for even more flavor and nutritional health benefits.

Vegetarian Miso Soup

If you want to make more of a hearty meal of your miso soup but are vegetarian, you can add leeks, mushrooms, potatoes, daikon radish, tofu and chopped baby bok choy.

This vegetarian miso soup will provide a great boost to your immune system.  The bok choy also offers a wide range of health benefits, including better heart and digestive health, eye health and antioxidants that lower the risk of cancer.

Miso Soup With a Kick

If you like a bit of spice in your food, then you can give your miso soup recipe a little kick by adding red pepper flakes. Mix in a few drops of sesame oil, and you’ll get that great umami taste everyone craves.

Tip: There is an unwritten rule that the hotter a pepper is, the healthier it is. If you can handle it, add hotter spices such as the Japanese spice mix nanami (shichimi) togarashi, which is made with assorted peppers, other spices and seaweed.

Miso With Different Types of Tofu

The most common type of tofu used in a miso soup recipe is soft tofu. However, you can add other kinds for different flavors, such as aburaage, a deep fried tofu. Add it to your miso soup in thinly sliced strips.

Of course, you can experiment with your own miso soup recipe ideas. Try and create an umami experience that others have yet to discover.

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