Shiitake Noodle Soup
We took the photo of this soup from above the pot – before it was entirely cooked – so you can clearly see the shiitake mushrooms as well as the tatsoi and other veggies. Tatsoi is a nice complement to shiitake mushrooms. The veggie adds a mustard-like flavor to soups and salads and is chock-full of nutrition.
In a medium soup pot coated with Teflon™ non-stick, heat the oil and add the garlic and scallions. Saute for 2 minutes over medium heat and then add the green peppers and mushrooms. Saute another 2 minutes or until the peppers are tender. Sprinkle with the fennel and add the broth. Bring the soup to a rolling boil and then add the carrot, celery, and tatsoi. Simmer for 30 minutes and stir in a handful or so of fresh parsley.
Meanwhile, cook the udon noodles according to package directions. When the soup has cooked, add the noodles and serve.