Soba Soup with Chicken, Shrimp, and Vegetables

In March Martha Stewart Living,  Lucinda Scala Quinn (my fave!) has a section on Eastern influences, so I decided to make the Soba Soup with Chicken, Shrimp, and Vegetables and the Edamame with Sesame Salt.



The edamame is simple and it’s something I make all the time. I like to make extra and keep it in the fridge for snacks. You just boil it and season it. If you’ve never had edamame, they taste a lot like lima beans.

Now for the soup. I did a major cheat on this one. Martha (Lucinda, actually in this recipe!) wants you to make your own broth. Sigh. It just takes so much time and as much time as I put into this blog, I can’t do even more. So instead I used pre-made broth and added some ginger and garlic and cooked it a bit. The soup itself contains chicken, which I cooked in the broth, then shredded, shrimp cooked in the broth, and napa cabbage, mushroom, carrot, and tofu. Tofu. I know, I was scared too. But I have to say I did not even notice it in this soup. You also add soy sauce and you put some sesame oil on the soba noodles.

The Soup

The Soup

This came together quickly and was really a very satisfying meal. All the protein the bowl made it feel very hearty and it was great on a cold night. I just love soba noodles. They’re actually made of buckwheat and one of my most favorite things in the world is buckwheat pancakes, so it’s no surprise. Thumbs up on this one Lucinda!

6 Responses to Soba Soup with Chicken, Shrimp, and Vegetables

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Wow, the soup looks awesome. My kids love noodle soup. And I have a whole bunch of mushrooms that I need to use or lose, so thanks for the reminder. (It’s almost like you know my refrigerator better than I do!)


  2. marthaandme says:

    Go for it! This soup was amazing. I ate it for lunches the next few days and it just tasted better as it got older. I was really surprised at how truly filling this soup was. It really felt like a real meal in a bowl.

  3. BigSister says:

    I wanted to make one of those soba recipes, but couldn’t find the noodles. Where did you find them?

  4. marthaandme says:

    They sell them in the Asian section of Wegmans (my grocery store). They were down on the bottom shelf though, with the rice noodles and lo mein type noodles, so they were not easy to find.

  5. Funny to run across this. I’ve been looking for edamame lately to no avail. I’ll try the Asian grocery up the road, but they don’t speak much English and the packages are marked in a variety of non-English languages. All part of the fun!

  6. marthaandme says:

    I buy edamame in the frozen vegetable section of my supermarket. I was surprised that they carry it. I have also seen it in the fresh produce section, but it isn’t always there. If you’re in an Asian store, you want to look for a package of what looks like very fat pea pods. Edamame comes in pods just like peas, except the inside is beans that look almost like lima beans.

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