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Immunity Boosting Soup

This nourishing soup bolsters immunity and helps ease cold and flu symptoms, says herbalist Rosemary Gladstar. Read more about boosting your immunity in Winter Wellness.

  • Yield: Makes about 3 quarts
Immunity Boosting Soup

Source: Body+Soul, November/December 2006


  • 1 ounce dried astragalus root
  • 4 ounces fresh dandelion root, thinly sliced (or 2 ounces dried)
  • 4 ounces fresh burdock root, thinly sliced (or 2 ounces dried)
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh gingerroot
  • 1 tablespoon dried kelp, dulse, or other sea vegetable
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium-size onion, chopped
  • 5 to 8 medium-size fresh shiitake mushrooms
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup miso paste, (any variety)


  1. Bring 3 quarts of water to a boil and reduce heat. Add astragalus, dandelion, burdock, ginger, and sea vegetable; cover and simmer for 45 minutes to an hour. Strain, return broth to pot, and keep over medium heat. In a saute pan, heat olive oil over medium heat; add onion and mushrooms, and saute until tender. Add garlic; saute for a few more minutes. Add entire mixture to broth. Turn off heat, and stir in miso paste.

Cook's Note

Fresh burdock root (also called gobo) and dandelion root are available in some grocery stores. Dried burdock, astragalus, and dandelion root are available at herb stores or online.

Reviews (1)

  • anglesvoice 28 Mar, 2010

    um this sounds gross! but if u made dried time and put it it there it would be one big yumm! thanks marta! i love ur cookin!

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