Have you guys noticed? Like a bat out of hell, everyone has been affected by that oh-so gnarly stomach bug. Somehow, despite flights and meetings and every other chance to catch it, I've stayed healthy (so far. It could be the Zinc or the loads of sleep I've forced upon myself I like to think it's actually because of this soup. Chicken noodle soup can be so blah and boring so it's been a few years now that I've made this miso version instead and now I just can't imagine my chicken soup any other way!
light green parts halved and thinly sliced
stemmed and thinly sliced (about 3 cups)
white and light green parts thinly sliced
grated (about 1 tablespoon)
sliced into 1-inch thick pieces, ends discarded
Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil over high heat. Add the soba noodles and cook until just tender, about 4 minutes. Drain and set aside.
To clean the leeks, trim off the root end and the dark green pieces and discard them. Cut the remaining light green pieces in half lengthwise, then place them under running water to rid of any dirt between the layers.
Meanwhile, heat oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. When the oil shimmers, add the leeks, season with salt and cook until translucent. Add the mushrooms and the white pieces of green onions and cook until begins to soften, about 5 minutes. Add broth and water and bring to a boil.
Add the chicken and cook until cooked through, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove to a plate until cool enough to handle. Meanwhile, whisk in miso, garlic, ginger, and soy sauce into the broth and keep at a low simmer. Bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the miso is completely dissolved, about 3 minutes.
Don't let the broth boil once you add the miso or it will cause the miso to separate.
Remove the skin from the chicken, shred the chicken meat into bite-sized pieces, and discard the bones. Add the shredded chicken to the broth along with the bok choy and cook until the bok choy is just tender and the leaves are wilted, about 3 minutes. Taste, adjust seasoning as desired, and stir in the dark green parts of the green onions.
If you aren't a fan of bok choy, stir in 4 cups of baby spinach when you add the green onions instead.
Using tongs, divide the soba noodles evenly among warmed bowls and then ladle in the soup. Serve immediately.
If the soba noodles get clumpy, rinse them under water briefly before serving.
Food styling and photography by Aida Mollenkamp