I had been eyeing this soup recipe in the Looneyspoons cookbook for a while now, but never had the opportune time to make it. G isn’t a fan of soup. He also isn’t a fan of spinach or broccoli so a soup, combining the two ingredients probably wouldn’t go over well! That being said, he was out last night and I decided to subject the two boys to my culinary experiments, instead. I loved it! They, however, weren’t a fan of the “salad” in their soup but devoured the noodles, broccoli and beef. Not a total failure! I’ll definitely be making this again as I really enjoyed it!
4 oz uncooked soba noodles (I used Udon noodles)
6 cups sodium reduced beef broth
3 tbsp hoisin sauce
1 tbsp each soy sauce, grated ginger root, toasted sesame oil, and feshly squeezed lime juice
12 ounces (340 g) beef tenderloin, thinly sliced (I’m too cheap for beef tenderloin and just used a NY strip I found on sale which I also sliced very thinly)
1 cup broccoli florets, cut into bite-sized pieces
3 cups fresh baby spinach
1/3 cup chopped green onions
1/4 each of chopped fresh mint leaves, and chopped fresh basil leaves (I omitted the mint as we aren’t fans)
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup bean sprouts
Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain well, rinse with cold water and drain again. Set aside until soup is ready to serve.
In a large soup pot, combine beef broth, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, ginger root, sesame oil, and lime juice. Bring to a boil. reduce heat to low and simmer for 3 minutes.
Add beef, spinach, broccoli, green onions, mint and basil. Simmer for 5 more minutes, just until beef is cooked through. Taste soup and add salt and pepper if desired.
To serve soup, place some cooked noodles in the bottom of a soup bowl, top with bean sprouts and ladle soup over top. Serve hot.