bowl of Asian veggie soup

Most recipes developed by wellness coach and recipe developer Miriam Hahn of YouCare-SelfCare pack in tons of nutritious ingredients, optimum flavor, and very little bother. In her understated way, it’s an ethos that Hahn refers to as "forgiving," but the word we’d prefer to use is "genius." And once again, in this recipe for Asian vegetable soup, Hahn delivers another extraordinary recipe that brings the nutrition just as surely as it brings audacious flavor and peace of mind that as you’re working over that hot stove, you’ll be heartily rewarded when it’s time to dig in.

"I love this recipe for so many reasons," Hahn says. "It is a very flavorful soup to start with, and it is super healthy." This soup is a umami-dense mix of mushrooms and tofu, which, as Hahn explains, is "high in calcium and plant-based protein," and bok choy, which "is one of those vegetable that most people don’t use very often, so it is a great way to get it in." It is perfect for just about anyone who is looking for a healthy meal, because it’s both nutritionally and flavorfully dense, while also being low in calories.

Now that we have your attention, so let’s get started!

Gather your ingredients to prepare this Asian vegetable soup recipe

ingredients for Asian vegetable soup

To make this recipe for Asian vegetable soup, you’ll need several ingredients that are best purchased fresh. These include a 12-ounce package of organic, extra-firm tofu, an 8-ounce carton of organic mushrooms (buy them pre-sliced to streamline your prep), two bunches of baby bok choy (which is delightfully simple to prep, as you’ll see), one organic onion (chopped), three cloves of garlic (minced), and a 7-ounce package of pre-cooked shirataki noodles, which we’ll talk about in a bit. You’ll also need vegetable oil for sautéing the vegetables, 6 cups of organic vegetable broth, 3 tablespoons of non-GMO tamari soy sauce, ½ teaspoon of ginger powder, and 2 tablespoons of organic white miso paste.

For serving this Asian vegetable soup, Hahn offers the option of chopped scallions, red pepper flakes, and/or hot sauce, if you’re so inclined. And for added Asian flavor, feel free to toss in a few drops of sesame oil when you start sautéing the vegetables on the stove.

Prep the bok choy

prepping bok choy

If you’re not already familiar with bok choy, it’s a type of Chinese cabbage which is sort of cross between celery and a leafy green that what you might otherwise think of as cabbage. Indeed, Hahn approaches prepping bok choy as if it were celery. She pulls each stalk apart, rinses it off, and then cuts off the white part at the bottom. She then chops the white part and the leafy green part separately. This is exactly how Hahn recommends you prep the bok choy for this Asian vegetable soup recipe.

Prep the extra-firm tofu

prepping tofu

Even though this recipe for Asian vegetable soup calls for extra-firm tofu, you’ll still need to "press the tofu to remove additional water," Hahn explains. "You can do this by placing the tofu block in a shallow bowl or dish [and then placing] a flat plate on top of the tofu and [then adding] something heavy (like a cast-iron skillet) on top of the plate." After 20 minutes, pour out the water that has collected in the bowl. If you happen to have a tofu press on hand, then by all means, use that.

Good soups begin with a good sauté, as this one does

sautéing vegetables in pot

Add the vegetable oil to a large pot, and set the flame under it to medium-high. To amp up the Asian flavors, add a drop or two of sesame oil to the pot as well. Add all of the onions and garlic, and sauté for five minutes, at which point the onions should start to look start to look translucent. Then, add all the mushrooms and just the white parts of the bok choy, and cook for three more minutes. Next, turn the heat off, or set it to low while you turn to the noodles and tofu.

Prep the shirataki noodles, and chop the tofu

side-by-side image prepping noodles and tofu

Open the package of shirataki noodles, rinse, and drain them in a colander. While your noodles are draining, chop the tofu into 1-inch cubes. Add the noodles and the tofu to the skillet, along with the broth, soy sauce, ginger, and miso paste. If you don’t have experience with shirataki noodles, Hahn explains that they’re super low in calories and aren’t even made of grain, but rather a root vegetable grown in Asia called "konjac."

Top with baby bok choy greens, and cook for two more minutes

vegetable soup cooking in pot

Turn the flame under the soup pot back up to medium, toss the bok choy greens into the pot, and stir them into the soup. Allow the soup to cook on medium for two more minutes — and that’s it! You’re ready to serve your Asian vegetable soup. Top this delicious soup with scallions, red pepper flakes, and/or hot sauce for some added heat, if desired. Your kitchen will smell divine, and your family will surely enjoy this delicious, comforting meal for lunch or dinner.