Wednesday, March 5, 2014
I'm not sure what it is about the thin liquid that draws me in, but it sure does. Like this Japanese pork and ramen soup from Slow Cooker Revolution. When I was thumbing through the book making my meal plan this soup literally jumped off the page. The picture alone was enough to real me in, but then the list of ingredients was a second confirmation that I needed this soup.
Japanese Pork and Ramen Soup
2 White onions, minced
6 Cloves garlic, minced
3 Tbsp fresh ginger, minced or grated
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
12 Oz shitake mushrooms, stemmed and thinly sliced
8 Cups chicken broth
1 1/2 Lbs boneless country style ribs
2 (3oz) packages ramen noodles (flavor packets discarded)
6 Oz baby spinach (about 6 cups, loosely packed)
3 Tbsp white miso, plus more for serving
3 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce, more for serving
1 1/2 Tsp sesame oil
2 Scallions, thinly sliced
1 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds
Combine onions, garlic, ginger and oil in a microwave safe bowl and stir to combine. Place in microwave and heat until onions are softened, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Transfer to the slow cooker.
Add the chicken broth and mushrooms to the slow cooker and stir to combine. Season the pork liberally with salt and pepper and nestles into the slow cooker. Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook until pork is tender, about 6-8 hours on low or 5-7 hours on high.
Remove the pork from the slow cooker and transfer to a cutting board and allow to rest and slightly cool. Once cool enough to touch shred into bite-sized pieces. Meanwhile, allow the soup to settle for about 5 minutes. Once the soup has settled, skim the fat off the top with a large spoon and discard. Stir in the noodles and spinach and cook on high until noodles are tender, about 3-8 minutes.
Add the shredded pork, miso, soy sauce, and sesame oil and stir to combine. Allow the mixture to cook until warm through, about 5 minutes. Taste, adjust seasonings with additional miso, soy sauce, salt and pepper if needed. Ladle into bowls, top with green onions and serve.
Recipe source: barely adapted from Slow Cooker Revolution