Healthy Recipes

Miso broth with broad beans and tofu

A vegetarian broth that still packs a umami punch.

By Lisa Featherby
  • 15 mins preparation
  • 10 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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Miso broth with spring vegetables and tofu
Miso makes a vegetarian umami-laden broth that's quick to prepare. It's been said that miso is as diverse in variety as wine or cheese; you may need to up the quantity here, depending on the type.


  • 70 gm miso
  • 5 gm dried wakame (optional) (2 tsp)
  • Light soy sauce, to season
  • 510 gm asparagus, trimmed and thinly sliced, tips left whole (3 bunches)
  • 300 gm broad beans, blanched and peeled
  • 600 gm silken tofu, at room temperature, broken or cut into bite-sized pieces
  • Roasted sesame oil and roasted sesame seeds, to serve


  • 1
    Stir miso into 1 litre water in a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Add wakame and simmer until softened (1-2 minutes). Season to taste with soy sauce. Add asparagus and broad beans and simmer until just tender (2-3 minutes).
  • 2
    Divide tofu among four serving bowls. Ladle broth and vegetables over tofu, drizzle with sesame oil and serve topped with a pinch of roasted sesame seeds.