Veggie Millet Miso Soup

by Holly on January 17, 2011

in gluten-free,recipes,vegan

Let’s play a little game.

What do you get when you cross frozen peas + corn…

…with uncooked millet…

…alongside creamy garbanzo beans…

…mixed with ginger miso paste…

…and topped with rich, buttery avocado?

Any guesses?



{insert Jeopardy theme song here}



In case your mind has turned to mush from a case of the Mondays, the answer is: it’s a reinvention of a dish I had last November in Minneapolis called Veggie Millet Miso Soup, of course!

I gave up trying to make this soup look appetizing after a half an hour of sitting in front of my lightbox camera in hand as the bright daylight bulbs burned into my delicate corneas. While it may not look like one of those recipes that makes you want to immediately run to the grocery store with your reusable bags, jacket haphazardly half-zipped and traffic be damned, it is.

Veggie Millet Miso Soup

1 T minced garlic
1 T canola oil
1 1/2 cups frozen peas
1 1/2 cups frozen corn
4 cups vegetable broth + 3 cups water
3/4 cup dried, uncooked millet
1 – 2 T miso paste (dissolved in 1/4 cup warm water)*
1 cup cooked garbanzo beans
couple of dashes ground ginger
salt + pepper, to taste
2 avocados, sliced
cilantro, for garnish

*if you like more miso flavor, go with 2 T paste otherwise I would recommend 1 – 1 1/2 T

In a saucepan over medium heat, saute the garlic and oil until fragrant. Add the frozen peas + corn, and cook for an additional minute or two. Pour in your vegetable broth + water, and let come to a boil.

Once your liquid comes to a boil, add the millet and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the millet is al dente (chewy but with a firm bite). Add the miso liquid, garbanzos and spices. Mix well, and pour into bowls. Top with avocado and cilantro, if desired.

Makes 4 servings

Just trust me, it’s good until the very last bite.

Now, who wants to play the little game known as help Holly do the dishes, unpack from the weekend and clean her apartment?


Evan Thomas January 17, 2011 at 7:42 pm

I love the avocado garnish. I could eat avocadoes all day.
I’ve never cooked with or tasted miso. Is it like really strong soy sauce or does it have its own flavor?

Jessica January 17, 2011 at 7:52 pm

That looks great. I’ll be right over. Heat me up a bowl! hehe

Amber January 17, 2011 at 7:56 pm

I think it looks yummy! You know how much I love throw together meals :) my blog’s full of them.

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 17, 2011 at 8:11 pm

This totally looks like it tastes amazing – I would eat it!

Matt January 17, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Looks great! Especially that avocado ;)

rebecca lustig January 17, 2011 at 8:15 pm

ive never had millet!! why?!

(no need to reply, i’m just talking to myself, per usual) ha

Jess January 17, 2011 at 8:27 pm

Delicious and perfect for winter!!

susan January 17, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Your soup looks delish! On an unrelated note, who were your best dressed at the Globes last night (not gonna lie, I was hoping for a recap!). Mine were Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, and Emma Stone.

Sarah (Sarah Learns) January 17, 2011 at 8:35 pm

hmm, it looks interesting! i’ve got almost all of those ingredients in my pantry – do they sell miso paste in the normal grocery store or do i have to hit up an asian market?

janetha @ meals and moves January 17, 2011 at 8:45 pm

ugly soup always tastes good. thanks for the recipe. and thanks for being you.

K - Anywhere There's An Airport January 17, 2011 at 8:50 pm

I will trade you cleaning and organizing for soup and chocolate. The whole bar! :)

Ashley @ 365 things January 17, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Ya know, I don’t think i’ve ever had millet! Def on my ‘to try’ list though. Yuur soup looks mighty tastey, so maybe I should try it like that? :)

Now, this might sound crazy, but if I lived nearby I’d love to help ya with those chorses. I actually don’t mind it. I’m a pretty restless person, so I’m always busy-bodying around here looking for stuff to do. I know, I’m a weirdo!

Amanda (Eating Up) January 17, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Loved all those ingredients! Love them even more together.

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) January 17, 2011 at 9:26 pm

Nice. Very nice. This looks delish and i love the ingredients!

Can’t go wrong there!


Pure2raw twins January 17, 2011 at 9:34 pm

YUM! Love millet!

Fi January 18, 2011 at 1:32 am

looks amazing :) i love masgedavocado stirred through millet thatsbeen cookedin broth and rhen adding peans n corn. x

Erica January 18, 2011 at 4:51 am

Soups are just not very photogenic! I actually think yours looks pretty darn good!! Loving the avocado on top- what a delicious touch. Glad the recreation was a success

Lauren January 18, 2011 at 5:59 am

The soup sounds fantastic!! I love peas in soup. I think more soups should incorporate peas. ;)

Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) January 18, 2011 at 7:18 am

This sounds fabulous! And I actually have millet on hand for once. I think I’ll have to try this. :D

Wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas January 18, 2011 at 9:01 am

I love millet! I usually cook it and combine it with my oats (1/2 and 1/2) in the morning, with some almond milk and cardamom.

I’ll have to try this soup! I’m feeling very soup lately, and I can only eat so many lentils. (Not that I don’t love you, lentils. Because I do. A lot.)

amanda January 18, 2011 at 9:04 am

now, that LOOKS so so so tasty. but the peas have me running in the other direction, ducking my head behind the couch and sticking my tongue out.

Virginia @ YtotheUmmy January 18, 2011 at 9:12 am

Avocadoes are da booomb!

Kacy January 18, 2011 at 10:05 am

I think that looks fantastic! I’m a sucker for anything topped with avocado.

Megan (Braise the Roof) January 18, 2011 at 11:41 am

Soup is just hard to make pretty. It’s a fact. But the avocado slices help a lot! (Avocado slices help in most areas of life, don’t you think?) So, on a scale of 1-10, how likely would my boyfriend be to eat this? Are we talking big flavor or more subtle?

Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather January 18, 2011 at 12:27 pm

All those ingredients together would totally make a bomb soup! It looks so comforting.

Kate (What Kate is Cooking) January 18, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Where do you find miso? I want to make this!

Jen January 18, 2011 at 1:20 pm

This sounds fabulous!!!!


Dawn January 18, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Looks delish! Yea, I swear the food I make is way more appetizing than my pictures lead people to believe. But this looks great!!!

Jenny January 18, 2011 at 2:57 pm

With those ingredients I was gonna guess “The way to Michael Pollan’s Heart” but I suppose “Veggie Millet Miso Soup” is appropriate :)

looks fabby-foo, boo!

Erica D (Gratitouille) January 18, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Mmmm, that looks so warm and cozy. Not like I need it, really…Colorado is going through a heat spell and I’m currently wearing sandals.

Tessa January 18, 2011 at 6:00 pm

That looks very good! I love corn in soup and I love avocado on soup. So this recipe is a winner in my book!

BroccoliHut January 18, 2011 at 7:43 pm

Chickpeas? Soup? I’m game!

julie January 18, 2011 at 8:05 pm

i don’t have millet but i dooo have barley! i think i could play with this with barely! although i don’t have miso paste but i do know where to find it! haha besides that rant i’ve been on a major soup kick lately and this looks fab to the maximus

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