In creating this recipe, I was inspired by water. It’s essential for survival and nourishment. Looking out at the misty Pacific Ocean on a cool day, I see kelp beds floating, dolphins cresting, birds plucking fish and feel the sticky, salty, heavy air. Am I witnessing a moment of creation anew?

This soup recipe is a basic miso stock. You are invited to create your own soup by adding a variety of fresh chopped vegetables, symbols of life and the fruits of the earth.


  • 2 tbsp miso paste (read instructions because amount may vary based on type of miso)
  • 1 ½ cup water

Suggested chopped additions:

  • Seaweed
  • Scallions
  • Tofu
  • Carrots
  • Ginger
  • Cabbage
  • Bok choy


  1. Thoroughly wash and chop whichever add-ins you’ll be using.
  2. Boil the water.
  3. Place the miso paste in a bowl. Pour the boiling water over it. Add in the chopped vegetable additions.

Reprinted with permission from Neesh Noosh.