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Pork and Tofu Soup with Miso and Cabbage

4 Servings

FAST: 1 hour 10 minutes
Slow: 4½ to 5½ hours 20 minutes active

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White miso already is packed with umami, but browning it as we do to make this soup builds even more flavor. Just a small amount of pork is enough to create a rich, porky broth; firm tofu gives the dish substance without making it heavy. Make sure to use napa cabbage, not regular green cabbage; the frilly leaves of napa are more delicate and become tender and silky after just a few minutes of simmering, but the stems will remain crisp-tender. The cabbage, tofu and scallions aren't needed until near the end of cooking, so prep these ingredients while the soup cooks. If you like, garnish with toasted sesame seeds and serve with Japanese short-grain rice.




Don't fret when the bottom of the pot begins browning. Just keep stirring to create an even coating of caramelized miso. Also, be sure to stir and scrape up the browned bottom before turning to the pressure cooker function in order to avoid getting a “burn” error message.

FAST: 1 hour 10 minutes
Slow: 4½ to 5½ hours

20 minutes active


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David C.

Do you think "1/2 medium head Napa cabbage (1 to 1½ pounds)" means find a 1 to 1 1/2 pound head and use half of it, or find a 2-3 pound head and use half of that?

Juli B.

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George G.

Could anyone help adjust this recipe for a pressure cooker? Do I just repeat all the options essentially then cook it on 1 bar of pressure for the same time? I just bought a gorgeous pressure cooker and yet so many recipes online use an instant pot...

Ronny E.

Usually, pressure cookers have a HIGH or LOW setting. I would follow the directions and pretend you have an instapot! I also only have a pressure cooker, and since I do, I'm not getting another one a la instapot.