Tofu Hot Soup

If you are struggling to stay healthy, struggling to work vegetables into your diet, struggling to make it through to spring – I have a soup recipe just for you.  This hit the spot for us this week, and I will tell you it was 100 times better the following day as a leftover.  I almost wished I had made it the day before and let it sit overnight in the fridge.  Almost.  It did not last more than 24 hours in our house.  Eric said no less than five times, “You can make that soup anytime you want!”  

This recipe is a a simple one with only a few ingredients.  I have found that my favorite soups are the most simple – tofu, mushrooms, carrots, soba noodles, and a spicy broth make this soup delectable.

The mushrooms are sauteed in wok oil, for more flavor.  Add them to the broth after the juices have released.

I always choose firm or extra firm tofu for my recipes.  The tofu complements the mushrooms and soaks up the flavor in the broth and couple be easily swapped out for chicken or another meat, or omitted completely if you are not a tofu fan.  
Greta loved this soup and ate her fair share.  It was just what the entire family needed – a spicy, satisfying soup.  If you can make this recipe ahead of time, this soup tastes even better the following day, after the flavors have had time to really come together.  





Tofu Hot Soup – serves 4 – 5

1. In a large pot, bring to a boil: 5 cups vegetable broth, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1-2 tablespoons Thai red curry paste1 teaspoon dried garlic, and 1 cup thinly sliced carrots (about 3 medium carrots).

2. Remove woody stems and slice, 8 oz of bella mushrooms.  Saute in a covered small saucepan with 2 tablespoons wok oil, over medium heat until juices are released.  Add to broth mixture and reduce heat to low.

3. Slice 1 carton of soy into 1/2 inch thick slices, add to broth mixture.  Simmer on lowest heat setting for 30 minutes.  Then, add 1 bundle of wheat soba noodles.  Cook for 5 to six more minutes, stirring frequently to prevent noodles from sticking.  Serve warm.

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