Hearty Adzuki Bean Soup



Bring vegetable broth to a boil. Add all remaining ingredients, except almonds and sesame oil, and simmer, covered, for about an hour, or until beans are very soft.

Puree with a handheld or regular blender. If needed, add more water to create your desired consistency. Season to taste.

Drizzle with sesame oil, garnish with some toasted, slivered almonds, and serve.


  • 6 C vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 C dried adzuki beans, rinsed
  • 1/2 C dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 5cm piece kombu
  • 1/4 C toasted, slivered almonds, for garnish
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame oil, for drizzling
  • Salt and pepper, to taste