Why is it that food served in a bowl just makes you feel all warm and happy? Think about it. Soup, stew, cereal, and creamy, saucy pot pies – they’re all just perfect comfort in a bowl. Even foods that don’t have to be served in a bowl seem to make you feel happy when you eat them from a bowl. Yes, mac and cheese, and saucy pasta, I’m talking about you. I’ve been craving some bowl food lately. Something not quite soup, not quite pasta, but still slurpy. The kind of meal you need both a fork and a spoon to eat.
This bowl recipe is full of lots of umami deliciousness. What’s that you might be asking? Umami (pronounced oo-mommy) is known as the 5th flavor or taste. We all know about sweet, salty, bitter and sour, but you know how sometimes there’s that flavor that you just can’t categorize? Like in Parmesan cheese, or wild mushrooms, or even in certain meats. Yep, that’s umami. It gets its pleasant, savory flavor from glutamate, an amino acid that occurs naturally in many foods.
Mushrooms and miso paste (made from fermented soybeans) are major sources of umami flavor, and they’re perfect in this slurpy bowl of deliciousness. This is a really quick and easy Meatless Monday dinner that’s pure flavorful comfort food in a bowl. I kept the focus on the mushrooms, but feel free to add some extra veggies. I think bok choy and shredded carrots would be lovely.
What’s your favorite bowl food? Do you ever cook with miso?