Thinking you've eaten enough heavy food lately and should maybe lighten it up a little? Yeah, me too. So I went to Byerly's today and picked up some things to make soba noodle soup. I'm not as good as Chandrew at measuring things, but you get the idea:
1 package soba noodles
1 box carton of veggie broth (4 cups, I think)
Tiny bit of vegetable oil
1 head bok choy
2 big handfuls shiitakes
1 big handful button mushrooms
1 bunch scallions
1 sliced jalapeno
Toasted sesame oil
Chop bok choy into 2-inch pieces, take stems off shiitakes and slice, trim up button mushrooms and slice, trim up scallions and slice for garnish, and set all that aside. Save all the throwaway stuff and put it in a soup pot because you're going to make more veggie broth out of it. Add enough water to that pot to cover, then add 2 cloves of chopped garlic, a little sliced ginger root, and a healthy shake of tamari. Heat gently to boil. When it tastes like veggie broth, remove from heat, strain into separate container, and set aside.
Make soba noodles. Drain and rinse well in cool water.
Heat a little drizzle of vegetable oil in the soup pot, then add bok choy. A minute later, add shiitakes and button mushrooms, a minute later, add both kinds of broth, along with sliced jalapenos, 2 more cloves of chopped garlic, roughly a teaspoon and a half of shredded ginger root. Heat until simmering, then season with a little shake of tamari and a little shake of toasted sesame oil.
When that tastes like awesome, scoop a nestle of soba noodles into a bowl, shake tamari over them, then ladle soup over that. Garnish with scallions.
It's probably easier than it sounds, especially if you just start with 6 or 8 cups of veggie broth instead of making half of it yourself. But I only had 1 carton of the prepared stuff, so I improvised.