This is a popular dish at home and at Claire’s and it’s so much fun to prepare. It’s a cross between a soup and a stew and it has a healthful array of vegetables. Really, any and all of your favorites can go into it.
1 8-ouncepackagesoba noodles
4scallions, white part and 4inches green, cut into thin slices
2shallots, peeled and finely chopped
1 large clove garlic, finely chopped
2 small zucchini, diced
1sweet potato, peeled and diced
1 2-inchpiecefresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
2 large stalksbroccoli, stems separated from florets; stems diagonally cut into ¼-inch slices and florets cut into small pieces
Sea salt and pepper
½teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or more, to taste
1poundsoft tofu, drained and cut into small cubes
7ouncesbaby organic spinach
¼cupsweet miso, whisked into 2cupswarm water
3tablespoonsorganic flax oil
Cook the soba noodles according to package directions. Before draining, set a colander into a large bowl in your sink. Drain the soba noodles, reserving the liquid. Set the reserved liquid aside. Rinse the soba noodles while in the colander, then drain them right into the sink—you don’t need to reserve this water. Set aside the cooked noodles and the reserved cooking liquid separately.
Heat the sesame oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the scallions, shallots, garlic, zucchini, sweet potato, ginger, and the stems from the broccoli. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper and the red pepper flakes. Stir well to combine. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the scallions soften. Add the tamari sauce and 6 cups of the reserved cooking liquid. Stir well to combine. Cover and bring to a boil. Cook at a low-medium boil, stirring occasionally for about 8 minutes until the potatoes are tender-soft.
Stir in the broccoli florets, tofu, and baby spinach. Stir well to combine. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the broccoli florets are crisp-tender. Turn off the heat. Stir in the miso-water mixture, the flax oil, and the cooked soba noodles, mixing well to combine. Taste for seasonings.