Hot and Sour Soup

Hot and Sour Soup is a delicious, hearty and spicy, traditional-style Chinese mushroom and noodle, slow cooker soup recipe. Ingredients include: Dried mushrooms, tofu, bamboo shoots, scallions, lo mein noodles, chile-garlic sauce and rice vinegar and well seasoned. It is a healthy, low calories, low fat, low cholesterol, low sugars, low carbohydrates, Weight Watchers (6 SmartPoints), (6 PointsPlus), vegetarian and diabetic-friendly recipe. Makes (8) servings with a (2 cup) serving size. Hot and Sour Soup will be loved by all of your family, friends and guests. hot-and-sour-soup

Prep Time: 30 Minutes.
Cooking Time: 4-8 Hours


24 dried shiitake mushrooms (2-3 oz)
2 carrots, cut into 1/2″ x 2″ sticks
2 (8 oz) cans bamboo shoots, rinsed
2 (14 oz) pkgs. extra-firm water-packed tofu, drained
1 tsp ground white pepper
4 cups thinly sliced green cabbage
4-1/3 cups water, divided
4 cups mushroom or vegetable broth
1/4 cup white vinegar or rice vinegar
1/4 cup red-wine vinegar
1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce, (adjust to taste)
1 tbsp Asian chile-garlic sauce (Or more to taste)
1 tbsp minced fresh ginger
3 tbsp cornstarch
1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
3 cups cooked lo mein noodles (about 6 oz dry)
1 cup sliced scallions


1. Cut off and discard mushroom stems. Cut the caps into 1/2″ pieces. Spread mushroom pieces onto bottom of a 6 quart or larger slow cooker. Add in the carrots and bamboo shoots. Cut tofu into 1/2″ pieces, add to slow cooker and sprinkle with white pepper. Top with cabbage.

2. Combine 4 cups of the water, broth, both vinegars, soy sauce, chile-garlic sauce and ginger in a bowl; add to the slow cooker.

3. Cover and cook on HIGH 4 hours or 7 to 8 hours on LOW.

4. Whisk the remaining 1/3 cup water, cornstarch and sesame oil in a bowl. Stir into the soup. Cover and cook on HIGH for 20 minutes. Stir in noodles, cover and heat through for 10 minutes. Serve topped with scallions.

Serve with additional soy sauce and chile-garlic sauce, if desired.

Yield: 8 servings.
Serving Size: 2 cups per serving.

Weight Watchers (6 PointsPlus), (6 SmartPoints)
Carb Choices: 2

Diet Exchange:
1 Starch + 1-1/2 Vegetable + 1 Meat (L)

Calories: 231, Total Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 635mg, Sugars: 3.3g, Carbohydrates: 34g, Fiber: 5g, Protein: 13g

Original recipe and image from: Merdith Corporation.

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