Immunity-Boosting Winter Soup

Total Time
55mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 45 mins

Adapted from The Herb Companion ''Garlic is the tastiest and best all-around stimulant for the immune system. Of the other immunostimulant herbs it also includes shiitake mushrooms, calendula, ginger and turmeric .To make an immunity-boosting soup also use some ground black pepper (to enhance the uptake of the curcumin) and some chiles or cayenne.''

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. To prepare dandelion: Rinse greens thoroughly. Remove and chop stems, then coarsely chop leaves. Keep chopped leaves separate from chopped stems. Set aside.
  2. In a large, heavy-bottomed soup pot, combine water, astragalus, ginger, cayenne, garlic, shiitake and turmeric. Cover and place over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer, then lower heat and cook 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add sweet potato, stir, cover and cook for another 4 or 5 minutes. Add minced herbs, bell pepper and cinnamon. Stir well, cover and cook for about 6 to 8 minutes, adding dandelion stems after 3 or 4 minutes.
  4. Finally, add spinach and dandelion greens. Season generously with salt and pepper, and cook for 4 or 5 minutes until greens are wilted and tender. Adjust seasonings. Remove astragalus root before serving.