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Awase Miso Soup

Awase miso has a flavor that is halfway between red miso and white miso, a little sweet and a little bit sharp. You may substitute 2 tablespoons white miso and 2 tablespoons red miso for the 4 tablespoons awase miso in this recipe.

Makes 5-6 cups miso soup.


  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled, sliced
  • 2 ribs celery, sliced
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 4 c vegetable broth
  • 6 oz tofu, cubed (1/2″)
  • 1/3 c chopped fresh spinach, shiso leaf or other greens
  • 1 tsp cut wakame (or crushed nori)
  • 4 Tbsp awase miso


  1. In a large pot over medium heat, warm the oil.
  2. Add onion, carrots, and celery. Saute 3-4 minutes.
  3. Stir in the red pepper flakes and garlic; saute another minute.
  4. Pour in vegetable broth; bring to boil.
  5. Reduce heat and simmer 2 minutes.
  6. Stir in tofu, spinach, and wakame. Bring back to heat.
  7. Remove 1 cup of the soup broth to a bowl. Stir in the miso until dissolved; add back to soup.
  8. Serve hot, sprinkled with sliced green onions if desired.

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