Asian noodle soup doesn't need to simmer all day for that slow cooked taste. Get the same mouthwatering results in just 40 minutes when you stir in speedy flavor boosters like white miso paste and soy sauce.
6 - ounces dried soba noodles or dried multigrain spaghetti
8 - ounces baby bok choy, quartered lengthwise
4 - cups reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
2 - cups water
1/4 - cup white miso paste
2 - tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 - carrots, julienned (1 cup)
4 - ounces cremini or shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced (1 1/2 cups)
6 - soft- or hard-cooked eggs, peeled and halved
Cracked black pepper
In large saucepan cook noodles in lightly salted boiling water according to package directions. Drain; rinse under cold water. Divide among bowls. Top with bok choy.
In same saucepan heat broth and 2 cups water over medium-high heat until simmering; whisk in miso and soy sauce. Add carrots and mushrooms; return to simmering. Reduce heat. Cook 1 to 3 minutes or until carrots are crisp-tender.
Ladle broth and vegetables over noodles and bok choy. Top with eggs and cracked black pepper.
FROM THE TEST KITCHEN
In a 2-quart saucepan bring 5 cups water to a full rolling boil. Carefully add eggs to water with a slotted spoon. Reduce heat to a gentle boil; cook eggs 8 minutes. Remove with slotted spoon to a bowl of ice water for 1 minute. Remove and crack lightly on hard surface. Gently peel away shell.
Place eggs in a single layer in a large saucepan (do not stack eggs). Add enough cold water to cover the eggs by 1 inch. Bring to a rapid boil over high heat (water will have large rapidly breaking bubbles). Remove from heat, cover, and let eggs strand for 15 minutes; drain. Run cold water over the eggs or place them in ice water until cool enough to handle; drain. To peel eggs, gently tap each egg on the countertop. Roll the eggs between the palms of your hands or against the countertop. Peel off the eggshells, starting at the large ends.
NUTRITION FACTS (Egg and Soba Noodle Bowl)
Per serving: 206 kcal , 4 g fat (1 g sat. fat , 1 g polyunsaturated fat , 1 g monounsaturated fat ), 124 mg chol. , 1175 mg sodium , 31 g carb. , 3 g fiber , 5 g sugar , 13 g pro.