Here’s a super-speedy weeknight supper for one, a deeply savoury miso broth, with udon noodles, pak choi, spring onions and shiitake mushrooms. I can’t claim to be part of the recent ‘clean eating’ movement, but I do find that clean is a really good description for food like this…. clear broth, a zing of ginger and lemon, bright green pak choi – this just has to be good for you, as well as deliciously filling.
I’ve had a bit of a hectic week, (playing violin in the orchestra pit for a musical every night, amongst other fun but time-consuming things!), and was in need of some quick supper ideas. This fit the bill perfectly last night, and was on the table 20 minutes after I first opened the fridge.
I’ve had this little jar of ready-made Miso paste in the cupboard for a while now, awaiting inspiration. Last week I got it out and left it on the worktop, knowing I would never remember to use it if it was out of sight and out of mind. Cue noodles, shiitakes and pak choi from an internet shop and voila… Japanese grub in 20 minutes flat!
- 1 tbsp sunflower oil
- 1 spring onion, finely sliced
- 75g fresh shiitake mushrooms, halved or thickly sliced
- 1 tsp ginger purée (or grated fresh ginger)
- 1 head pak choi
- 1 tbsp miso paste
- 600ml boiling water
- 1 tsp vegetable stock powder
- 1 bundle (c.85g) noodles (I used flat udon noodles, and soba would also work well here)
- juice of half a lemon
- Heat the oil in a large saucepan and add the spring onion and mushrooms. Fry gently for 2-3 minutes until softened.
- Meanwhile, separate the green leaves from the white stalks of the pak choi. Slice the stalks into 1cm pieces and add to the pan, frying for a further minute until starting to soften.
- Add the boiling water and stock powder to the pan. Bring to the boil, then add the noodles and cook for 6-7 minutes until tender.
- In a small bowl, mix the miso paste with a few tablespoons of the boiling water, and whisk until smooth and no lumps remain. Finely slice the green tops of the pak choi. Once the noodles are tender, add the pak choi leaves and miso paste to the pan, and heat through gently, (do not boil), for a minute or two.
- Pour into a bowl, squeeze over the lemon juice, and eat immediately!
For more vegetarian & vegan noodle inspiration, check out my noodle-icious Pinterest board here:
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