The Immunity-Boosting Soup That's Perfect For Cold Season

Photo by The Goodness of Garlic

Garlic is one of those secret-weapon ingredients that works wonders for boosting your immunity when you feel a cold coming on. Its antimicrobial properties can really help to keep the sniffles at bay, and the fact that it's a major flavor booster only adds to its appeal. Make this restorative and healing soup to power through cold and flu season or when you need a little warming boost.

Immunity Garlic Soup

This clear broth does wonders if you're feeling congested and makes a very effective immune booster, too. The large amount of garlic may surprise you, but trust me, the flavor is fantastic. Shiitake mushrooms are a symbol of longevity in Asia and an excellent source of selenium, a known antioxidant that plays a vital role in boosting the immune system.

Serves 4

  • 1 ounce dried shiitake, porcini, and oyster mushrooms (add extra fresh shiitake mushrooms, if available)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium white onion, finely chopped
  • A thumb-size piece of ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 whole garlic bulb, peeled
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable bouillon powder or 1 vegetable stock cube
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


1. Pour 1 cup of boiling water over the dried mushrooms in a bowl and leave them to soak for 10 minutes.

2. In the meantime, heat the oil in a heavy-based ovenproof pan. Add the onion and ginger then crush in all the garlic cloves. Fry gently until softened and aromatic.

3. Add the mushrooms and their water to the pan, plus any fresh mushrooms, then stir in the stock and the lemon juice.

4. Season then gently simmer with the lid on for at least 2 hours. Alternatively, transfer the pan to a low oven (about 250˚F). Season to taste before serving with crusty bread.

Recipe excerpted from The Goodness of Garlic by Natasha Edwards.

Ready to learn more about how to unlock the power of food to heal your body, prevent disease & achieve optimal health? Register now for our FREE Functional Nutrition Webinar with Kelly LeVeque.

Related Posts

Popular Stories

Sites We Love

Functional Nutrition Webinar

Food is Medicine

Food has the power to create a happier and healthier world. Celebrity Nutritionist Kelly LeVeque will show you how.

Get Free Access Now Loading next article...
Sign up for mbg's FREE Functional Nutrition Webinar

Your article and new folder have been saved!