A soup pot of japanese miso soup of tofu, green onions, carrots, and udon noodles on a wooden mat
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Immunity Boosting Miso Soup Recipe

Enjoy a bowl of wholesome goodness to keep the hunger pangs satiated and the flu away!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Soup, Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: miso soup, miso
Appliance: Stove
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Ishani Bose


  • 1 tbsp sesame oil unrefined
  • 2 tbsp ginger finely chopped
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 tbsp red miso (fermented soybean baste)
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp garlic finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup green onions thinly sliced
  • 1/2 pound carrots thinly sliced
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 leeks trimmed and finely chopped
  • 8 ounce tofu
  • 1 tbsp cayenne pepper optional
  • salt and black pepper as per taste
  • 1 cup shitake mushrooms
  • 1 cup celery


  • To make homemade miso soup, take a large pot and heat oil in it over medium heat. Before adding all the vegetables, mushrooms and tofu, as mentioned above, add ginger, garlic, and onions. Cook them on medium heat until they turn translucent. This should ideally not take over 5 minutes.
  • Thereafter, add the vegetable broth, chopped vegetables, and the tofu and bring them to a boil.  Reduce the heat and simmer the vegetables until they become tender. This should not take more than 5-10 minutes. Once done, remove the soup from the heat. Add salt and pepper as per taste. 
  • Now in a small bowl, serve about one cup of the hot broth. Add red miso, cayenne pepper (optional) and stir till it is properly mixed. Remember, cayenne pepper is added to just make the soup spicier so exercise caution on how much or whether you want to add it. Thereafter, transfer it into a pot and keep stirring. Add vinegar while you stir and ladle it into bowls and garnish them with green onions.
    A person using chopsticks to have shirataki soup noodles with gyoza


  • You can decide which miso to use depending on how you wish your soup to taste. 
  • If you wish to make a gluten-free and a healthier variant of the soup, you can replace the noodles or rice with butternut squash peels or zoodles (zucchini noodles).
  • Herbs and spices predominantly help with the flu. So feel free to experiment with them and make your own version of miso soup.