Rice Noodle Soup with Lettuce and Shiitake Mushrooms

Asian Rice Noodles

This simple Asian-style soup, filled with fine rice noodles, crunchy lettuce, and healthy shiitake mushrooms, is a good introductory course for stir-fries and tofu dishes. 

Serves: 4 to 6

  • 4-ounce bundle fine Asian rice noodles
  • 32-ounce carton low-sodium vegetable stock
  • 4 ounces fresh shiitake mushrooms, cleaned, stemmed, and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 large head Romaine lettuce, thinly shredded
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons natural soy sauce, to taste
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

Combine the rice-stick noodles with enough hot water to cover in a heatproof container. Let them soak, covered, until al dente, about 20 minutes, or according to package directions. Drain well, then transfer the noodles to a cutting board and chop them in several directions to shorten.

Meanwhile, combine the vegetable stock with the shiitakes in a soup pot and bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer gently for 10 minutes.

Add the lettuce, scallions, and soy sauce and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes more, just until the lettuce is slightly wilted. Stir in the noodles, then season with freshly ground pepper, and serve at once.

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