Has everyone around you been getting a cold or a flu? Are you feeling a little stuffy? Achy? Sore throatiness? Well, join the club. It seems everyone is getting sick lately. There was something that went around my office and now it's coming back around again! I really wanted a brothy, cleansing, healing soup to chase away all that muck that was starting to surface in my body.
Well, here is the perfect soup to warm you up and clear you out....perfect for this cold, sick season that has been upon us. Leeks, celery, green onion and dark winter greens are simmered in a clear vegetable stock with miso, tamari soy sauce, and a squeeze of lemon. You can make it spicy by adding a few dashes of Sriracha, hot sauce, or chili oil to taste. I left it out and just let the steam do it's heat work on me. If this doesn't cure what ails ya, I don't know what will!
Vegan Hot and Sour Soup (Serves 6)
-2 quarts vegetable stock (clear kind of broth)
-4 stalks celery, thinly sliced
-2 medium leeks, tough part cut off and tender bottoms thinly sliced
-1 bunch lacinato kale, de-ribbed and thinly sliced (can use spinach or any other green)
-2-3 tbsp tamari soy sauce (or regular soy sauce)
-1 tbsp mellow white miso (use a little broth to make a miso paste in a bowl, then add to pot)
-Juice of half a lemon
-1/2 bunch green onions, chopped all the way to the white part
-1/4 tsp black pepper
- Add vegetable stock to pot, put on medium-high heat.
- Chop celery, leeks and add to pot along with black pepper. Let cook at a bubbling simmer for 5 or so minutes, then add kale.
- When vegetables are tender, about 10-15 minutes of cooking, add soy sauce, lemon, chopped green onion, and miso. Serve hot.