Miso is a great source of probiotics which are live microorganisms consumed through fermented foods. Studies show that the imbalance of bacteria in your digestive system is linked to overall health and disease. Probiotics promote a healthy balance of gut bacteria and have been linked to a wide range of health benefits. These include benefits for weight loss, digestive health, immune function and more.

Authentic Miso Soup

Most miso is made with 4 main ingredients: water, miso (fermented soy bean paste), tofu, and seaweed of some form. This Japanese miso soup is a simple and comforting.

4 servings/ Prep Time 30 Minutes


  • 4 cups water
  • 1 (4 inch) piece dashi kombu (dried kelp)
  • 1/2 cup chopped sturdy green such as chard or kale
  • ¼ cup tofu, cut into chunks
  • 1 teaspoon dried wakame (dried seaweed)
  • 3-4 tablespoons miso paste paste (fermented soy bean paste)
  • ½ cup chopped green onions


  1. Heat water in a large saucepan over low heat.
  2. Add kombu and cook until the mixture just begins to simmer for 8 minutes. Add greens, tofu and wakame; stir to combine.
  3. In the meantime, place miso (starting with the lesser end of the range) into a small bowl, add a little hot water and whisk until smooth. This will ensure it doesn’t clump.
  4. Pour miso mixture back into the saucepan. Stir until warmed through. Taste and add more miso or a pinch of sea salt if desired.
  5. Serve garnished with chopped green onions. Serve warm. Best when fresh.

Recipe by Jackie DeKnock of Gourmet Safari

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