Souper Food


Garlic Mushroom Soup 

Not only are soups good for being cozy on a winter day, the ingredients can help to boost our immune system and fight off congestion.

The following recipe, submitted by Alexa Rosenthal, is from MindBodyGreen food. It takes advantage of the immune boosting properties of garlic and mushrooms, and is yummy besides!


  • 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

  • 1 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.