from O Magazine, January 2010

2 tbsp canola or olive oil
2 leeks (white part only), split, rinsed, and sliced
2 cloves garlic (I used 4, as we love garlic around here)
1 medium bunch chard (I used cabbage, as the store didn’t have chard)
4 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
4 oz buckwheat (soba) noodles
1 c edamame
1/2 c miso
2 scallions, finely sliced

Set a large pot over medium-low heat. Add oil and heat for 1 minute. Add leeks and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, while preparing chard (or cabbage). Remove stalks and ribs from chard; set leaves aside. Coursely chop stalks and ribs, and add to pot. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 8 to 10 minutes.

Add 2 1/2 quarts water to pot. Increase heat, and bring to a boil. Add carrots, then reduce heat to simmer. Continue simmering until carrots are tender, about 10 minutes more. Meanwhile, bring a separate pot of water to a boil. Add buckwheat noodles, and cook until tender, about 3 minutes (do not cook in soup pot because they will soak up too much broth). Drain with a colander and run under cold water; set aside.

Coursely chop reserved chard leaves, and add to soup along with edamame. Cook until just wilted, then quickly increase heat and bring liquid to a boil. Remove 1 cup boiling liquid and swirl into a bowl with miso; set aside.

Add noodles, and whisk miso mixture into soup. Serve immediately: divide soup among bowls, and garnish with scallions. Serves 6-8.

This was pretty tasty! My husband suggested that mushrooms and tofu be added to it. This healthy soup would be a superior alternative to chicken noodle soup when feeling sickie, or just anytime. I might add more noodles next time, as I’m a noodle freak!