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The slow cooker does all the heavy lifting in this richly flavored Asian Beef and Mushroom Noodle Soup. 

This Slow Cooker Asian Beef and Mushroom Noodle Soup is supremely satisfying comfort food.

Winter was thankfully late to the party here in Ohio this year, but it’s certainly made a dramatic entrance this January. We’ve got temperatures in the teens, snow, blustery winds, sickness, the whole nine yards. I’m torn between my need to get out of the house and my dread of actually getting out of the house. The thought of donning my puffy coat/hat/scarves/mittens, scraping ice off the car, bundling up the baby, then trudging out to a freezing cold car is enough to make me forget getting groceries and live on dry cereal and canned soup all winter.

It seems every year I hate the winter a little more. I used to enjoy a good snow storm, and I still do, but only in very specific circumstances. It must snow enough to make it impossible for either my husband or I to leave the house, but not so much that it shuts down our power and forces us to live under 18 blankets for a week. The snow must also remain in fluffy drifts of pure white, and the temperature should hover around a not entirely unpleasant 30 degrees.

You know how often we get a storm like that? Never. So basically winter and I are over. He’s just not holding up his end of the bargain.

This Asian Beef and Mushroom Soup simmers in the slow cooker all day for an easy, comforting dinner that's loaded with flavor.

My coping mechanism for the next few months of winter and I’s tense relationship is soup. So. much. soup.

My fellow Ohioans and friends over at Melanie Makes and Jelly Toast are taking this entire week to share warm, comforting soup recipes to get you through the next few months. Today, it’s all about this Slow Cooker Asian Beef and Mushroom Noodle Soup recipe.

When I was first testing this recipe, I sampled the broth before throwing it in the crock pot. It’s loaded with strong flavors–garlic, ginger, Sriracha, soy sauce–and at first taste, everything seemed to be fighting with each other. The garlic was a bossy pants. The ginger was elbowing the Sriracha, and the soy sauce was just screaming in the corner, “Look at me! I’m salty!!” That day, winter must have sapped all my energy, because I decided to throw it in the crock pot anyway and see what happened.

Turns out, all the broth needed was a long day of simmering. After 8 hours in the crock pot, all the flavors settled down and mellowed beautifully. The beef, which is so tender it falls apart with a mere look, swims in a broth rich with umami mushroom, punchy garlic and ginger, and a subtle, warm-you-up-from-the-inside-out-heat.

This Slow Cooker Asian Beef and Mushroom Soup recipe is loaded with garlic, ginger, and Sriracha for a warm and comforting weeknight meal.

This was supremely satisfying, comforting soup for a cold winter night. We ate the leftovers for days afterward, and it never got old. The toppings–bok choy and radishes–aren’t really necessary flavor-wise, but they do add a delightful crunch and touch of color to this otherwise very brown soup. And on a dreary winter day, a little pop of color goes a long way.

I hope this soup can be a consolation prize for bearing yet another Midwest winter. And if you need more winter comfort, check out these other comforting Asian soup recipes from Melanie and Emily!

Homemade Wonton Soup from Jelly Toast

Orange Beef Teriyaki Soup from Melanie Makes

Slow Cooker Asian Beef and Udon Noodle Soup

Cook Time 8 hours 2017-06-25T08:00:00+00:00Prep Time
Preparation 25 mins 2017-06-25T00:25:00+00:00Cook Time
Total Time
Serves 6-8     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 2-3 lb. bone-in roast (i used a blade roast)
  • 6 cups low sodium beef broth
  • 3 Tablespoons tamari (or low sodium soy sauce)
  • 3 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 3 teaspoons Sriracha
  • 2 Tablespoons mirin
  • 8 ounces sliced crimini mushrooms
  • 4 baby bok choy or 3 stalks large bok choy, chopped into 3 inch pieces
  • 6 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 12 ounces udon noodles

Instructions

  1. Add the broth, tamari, ginger, garlic, rice vinegar, Sriracha, and mirin to the slow cooker and stir. Add the roast and mushrooms. Set the slow cooker to low and cook for 6-8 hours or until the roast is cooked through and falling apart.
  2. Remove the roast from the slow cooker and shred the beef off the bone. Return the meat to the crock pot. Add the bok choy to the soup about 10 minutes before serving, allowing it to wilt slightly.
  3. Meanwhile, cook the udon noodles according to package directions. Drain.
  4. Ladle the soup into bowls and add the noodles (as much or as little as you prefer) to each bowl. Top with radishes if desired and serve immediately.

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  • wearenotmartha January 26, 2016, 9:43 AM

    Oh yum!! This “soup” (I feel like this is so much more than a soup!) is the perfect remedy to the winter blahs.

    Sues

  • Melanie | Melanie Makes January 26, 2016, 2:55 PM

    Can not wait to try this one out – especially love that radish garnish!

  • Emily Caruso January 26, 2016, 9:18 PM

    I can’t wait to try this with all of the strong flavors! I am on board with anything ginger, so this looks just about perfect in my book 🙂

  • Karen @ The Food Charlatan February 5, 2016, 7:41 PM

    “Look at me!! I’m salty!!” That’s all I will ever think when I see a bottle of soy sauce for the rest of my life. LOL!!

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