If you haven’t tried cooking shiitake mushrooms, this is an easy introductory recipe. Not too many ingredients and it is quick too. We had this for dinner with some baked butternut squash and a salad. A good roasted whole chicken and chicken broth recipe is posted here. If you want to add some starch for a more substantial meal, simply add 1 cup cooked rice when you add the chicken meat.
2 cups homemade chicken broth
1/2 cup of finely chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped shiitake mushrooms
1/2 to 1 cup chopped cooked chicken meat (optional)
2 tsp. mellow white miso (MisoMaster brand is good)
salt to taste
black pepper (optional) to taste
Heat broth in soup pot on medium heat until simmering. Add celery and simmer for 10 minutes. Add mushrooms and simmer another 10 minutes. Add the chicken and heat for a few more minutes. Take off heat. Mix miso in a bowl with a few tablespoons of the hot broth from the soup until it dissolves and then add this mixture to the soup. Stir well. Add salt and black pepper to taste. Best served immediately.