Apples and mild white miso lightly sweeten this easy one-pot soup. It's got plenty of flavor with few ingredients, but feel free to add sliced scallions for a refreshing crunch or a dash of hot sauce for zing. Serve with toasted baguette with melted Cheddar cheese and a watercress salad.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2012
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add pork and cook, stirring occasionally, until no longer pink on the outside, about 2 minutes. Stir in apples and cook, stirring occasionally, until just beginning to soften, about 2 minutes more. Add broth and water; bring to a boil. Add noodles and cook according to the package directions, stirring occasionally.

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  • When the noodles are almost done, carefully scoop out about 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid from the pan and combine with miso. Stir the miso mixture into the soup and remove from the heat. Serve immediately.

Tips

Depending on your supermarket, it might be hard to find a lean option for ground pork But, it's easy to make your own in a food processor. Choose a lean cut, such as loin or tenderloin, and trim any excess fat. Cut into pieces and then pulse in a food processor until uniformly ground (being careful not to overprocess, turning the meat into mush). Or ask your butcher to grind it for you. Using lean pork or lamb instead of regular ground pork saves up to 164 calories and 5 grams of saturated fat per 3 ounces of cooked meat.

White or sweet miso (Shiromiso), made with soy and rice, is yellow and mild in flavor. Look for it near tofu at well-stocked supermarkets. It will keep in the refrigerator for at least a year.

Nutrition Facts

406 calories; protein 26.9g 54% DV; carbohydrates 57.3g 19% DV; exchange other carbs 4; dietary fiber 8.3g 33% DV; sugars 10.3g; fat 8.9g 14% DV; saturated fat 2.3g 12% DV; cholesterol 49.4mg 17% DV; vitamin a iu 7.7IU; vitamin c 4.3mg 7% DV; folate 35.9mcg 9% DV; calcium 44mg 4% DV; iron 3mg 17% DV; magnesium 98.7mg 35% DV; potassium 478.8mg 13% DV; sodium 766.8mg 31% DV; thiamin 0.3mg 30% DV.