recipe: miso soup meal

i’m always trying to find new foods that k hasn’t tried yet. i had told m that i was thinking of miso soup since i grew up with it and decades later, it is like comfort food to me. recently m sent me an article about Marukome miso soup anime ads that made me decide yes, the warmth of miso soup is indeed a feeling i want to share with k.

miso soup meal with vegetablesmiso soup is so easy to make – in its basic form, all you do is boil water and add the miso paste. i never knew what was in miso paste but to share it with k, i looked at the ingredients list: rice (ok), soybeans (ok), water (ok), sea salt (ok), koji aspergillus oryzae … ? … well, it is a fungus used to ferment soybeans. i figured it would be the “new” ingredient for k to try. so far so good.

miso soup is usually a side dish (soup) to a meal so in order to make it a meal for k, i added some grain to it. since most of the flavors k has had before, i was hopeful that my little one would enjoy it. from the first taste, k enjoyed it! i have enjoyed it for decades – like comfort food – and i hope k will too. one day i’ll show k the vid

cooking tools

  • small saucepan
  • 1 mason jar


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 Tbsp organic miso paste
  • ½ block tofu cut into ¼” cubes
  • vegetables as desired, cut into small pieces, optional
    i.e. mushroom, bamboo shoots, etc.
  • pre-cooked whole grain, optional
    i.e. rice, quinoa, millet, etc.


  1. boil 2 cups of water in saucepan.
  2. add miso paste and stir until miso paste has dissolved into the water.
  3. add tofu and any other vegetables. cook until tofu comes to a boil.
  4. scoop 1/2 cup of soup with vegetables into bowl and add pre-cooked whole grain.
  5. save remaining soup in a mason jar for future meals.


1. Mar 5, 2015, Rocket News 24: Miso soup anime ads are so touching they’ll warm your heart as the soup warms your tummy by Audrey Akcasu

2. Feb 18, 2015, Anime Anime: 話題のマルコメCMに夜食篇 ロボット×スタジオコロリドが父と娘のやりとり描く

3. Marukome website – YouTube (MarukomeOfficial 123)

  • 料亭の味 たっぷりお徳
  • 料亭の味 即席生みそ汁
  • 料亭の味 カップみそ汁

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