This isn't really much of a recipe, I suppose, but
it'll get you from no soup to soup. Close enough, ne?
Buy some miso paste and a packet of miso garnish.
I got both at the sushi kiosk at Kroger. The paste comes
in a bottle and looks sludgy. The garnish looks kind
of like sweepings. But when you put a tablespoon and
a half of the paste and a tablespoon of the garnish
into a cup of boiling water and let it sit covered
for a few minutes, it becomes miso soup!
I like to add rice sticks (which are actually noodles)
to my miso soup. I crush them first so I won't have
mile-long noodles dripping soup everywhere. To do this
just put the package into a Ziploc bag (not a thin
off-brand one; it needs to be tough), press the air
out, and then beat up on the bag. Stomp on it. Hammer it.
Whatever will break up the noodles without tearing the
Ziploc. You won't break up all the noodles, but
you should be able to pour crushed noodles out of the
bag. Boil them for about a minute before adding the
paste and garnish.