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November 20, 2012

Udon Noodles with Shiitake Mushrooms and Kale in Miso Broth

  • This recipe for udon in broth is easy, flavorful, and healthy. Michelle Riley/The HSUS

Serves 4

1/2 pound (225g) fresh or dried udon noodles
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 medium red onion, sliced into half-moons
4 ounces (115g) shiitake mushrooms, stems trimmed, sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons ginger, minced
2 tablespoons mirin (optional)
2 cups (450ml) water
3 tablespoons miso (see tip)
4 cups (a large handful) chopped kale
2 teaspoons soy sauce, or to taste

Bring a pot of water to a boil. Cook the udon according to the package directions, about 10 minutes. When done, drain and rinse with cool water until ready to use.

Meanwhile, preheat a large skillet over medium heat. Saute the onion and mushrooms in the oil for 5 to 7 minutes, until the mushrooms are tender and the onions are softened but still have some crunch. Add the garlic and ginger, and saute for another minute.

Add the mirin, water, and miso, and bring to a gentle boil. Lower the heat to a simmer and add the kale. Toss the mixture around with tongs until the kale has wilted. Add the noodles and use a pasta spoon to stir them into the broth for about 2 minutes.

Divide the udon and vegetables among bowls and spoon some broth over each serving.

 Tip: In this recipe, use a strong, dark miso. If you are using a light, mellow miso, you may want to add another tablespoon or so.

Recipe from Vegnomicon by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero.


All figures are per serving (assumes 4 servings).

Calories: 341
Fat: 9 g
Carbs: 56 g
Fiber: 5 g
Protein: 11 g
Sodium: 1,278 mg