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Miso Soup with Clams & Spinach

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From EatingWell:  May/June 2011

The round, rich taste (also known as umami) of miso soup perfectly complements plump, briny clams. For the base of the soup you can use just water and miso, which you can find at most supermarkets. But if you can find dashi granules, they’re worth adding for a more intense umami taste.

4 servings, about 1 cup each | Active Time: 30 minutes | Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

Preparation

  1. Wash clams thoroughly to remove any grit. Bring water and dashi granules (if using) to a boil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven. Add the clams and return to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, cover and cook until clams open, 4 to 6 minutes. Remove from the heat. Remove the clams from the broth with tongs or a slotted spoon; let stand until cool enough to handle. (Discard any unopened clams.)
  2. Meanwhile, pour the broth through a fine-mesh sieve (or cheesecloth-lined strainer) to strain out any grit. Rinse out the pan, then return the broth to the pan.
  3. Remove the meat from the clam shells; discard the shells.
  4. Bring the broth to a simmer. Combine miso with 3 tablespoons of the broth in a small bowl; stir into a smooth paste. Whisk the paste into the simmering broth. Stir in spinach and cook until wilted, about 1 minute.
  5. Divide the clam meat among 4 bowls. Ladle the hot broth and spinach over the clams and season with a drop or two of sesame oil. Garnish with scallions and serve immediately.

Nutrition

Per serving : 80 Calories; 1 g Fat; 0 g Sat; 0 g Mono; 25 mg Cholesterol; 5 g Carbohydrates; 11 g Protein; 1 g Fiber; 381 mg Sodium; 355 mg Potassium

0 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1 1/2 lean meat, 1/2 vegetable

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