Gingered Chicken Soup with Soba and Vegetables

There's something for everyone in this light but warming soup: Edamame, cooked with the noodles, provides protein, while tomatoes, cukes and watercress add color and freshness. Chili garlic sauce added to each bowl brings on the heat.
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Inactive: 10 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

8 cups chicken broth

2 teaspoons grated ginger

6 scallions, 4 roughly chopped, 2 thinly sliced on the bias

1 cup small sprigs watercress, thick stems trimmed

12 cherry tomatoes, halved

1 avocado, diced

1/2 English cucumber, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced into half-moons

1 1/2 cups frozen edamame

One 9.5-ounce package buckwheat soba noodles

2 tablespoons dry sherry

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1/4 cup chili garlic sauce, for serving

Directions

  1. Put the broth, ginger, roughly chopped scallions and 2 cups water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Cover the pan, lower the heat so the soup just simmers and cook for 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Put the sliced scallions, watercress, tomatoes, avocados and cucumbers in separate small bowls and set aside.
  3. Stir the edamame into the boiling water and cook for 1 minute. Add the soba noodles to the pot with the edamame and cook until the noodles no longer have a hard, chalky bite but are still springy, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain the noodles and edamame in a colander; shake to remove as much water as possible. Divide among 4 soup bowls.
  4. Remove the broth from the heat and stir in the sherry and soy sauce. Ladle the hot broth over the noodles. Serve with the sliced scallions, watercress, tomatoes, avocadoes, cucumbers and chili garlic sauce for topping.

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