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Immune-Boosting Soup

Enjoy a delicious heart-warming soup during the cold weather to beat the winter blues! Fight off any sign of cold or flu with this immune-boosting soup!

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Posted 03 October 2015
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Prep: 1 hour (including cooking) Cook: 40 minutes


  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 onion, finely sliced
  • 400g Jerusalem artichokes, peeled and finely diced
  • 2-4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1cm piece of fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated
  • 1.1 litres vegetable stock
  • 100g shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 100g oyster mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 red chilli, thinly sliced into rings (optional)
  • 1 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • Sea salt and a good amount of freshly ground black pepper
  • Leaves from 1/2 bunch of fresh coriander



  1. Heat the oil in a large pain over a low-medium heat and sauté the onion and Jerusalem artichokes for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beginning to soften and turn golden.
  2. Add the garlic and ginger and continue to cook for another minute. Add the stock, mushrooms, chili (if using) and tumeric. Bring to the boil and then reduce to a simmer for 12-15 minutes, or until the Jerusalem artichokes are completely tender.
  3. Stir in the lime juice and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Either leave as it is or blend until smooth in a liquidiser or with a stick blender. Finish by stirring the coriander leaves through and serve.
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