Immunity Boosting Soup

Immunity Boosting Soup
Photo: Richard Pierce
3 quarts

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.


  • 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

  • ½ 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 Notes

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.

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