Recipe: Immune-Boosting Roots & Herbs Potage


Immune-Boosting Roots & Herbs Potage

8 – 10 servings

This soup has an exceptional taste that improves with age and is strengthening to the immune system and all our systems and cells.


  • 1-2 fresh burdock roots, chopped

  • 2-3 fresh dandelion roots, chopped

  • 3 handfuls dry nettles, crushed

  • 2 1/2 qts. nonchlorinated water

  • 8-9 fresh or dried shiitake mushrooms, chopped

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 5-6 grams kelp, crushed

  • 1 cup whole grain basmati or brown rice

  • 1/4 cup tamari

  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

  • 2 Tbsp. miso

  • 6-8 cloves garlic, chopped


  1. Cook burdock and dandelion roots in water 15-20 minutes over medium heat or until tender. You can pour off this water to make the soup less bitter, adding 2 1/2 cups fresh water. However, you will be pouring out the nutrients as well, so you might want to retain this nutrient-rich water and enjoy the bitter taste!

  2. Add remaining ingredients with the exception of miso and garlic.

  3. Cover and bring to a boil.

  4. Reduce heat and simmer 1.5 hours.

  5. Add miso and garlic right before serving.


For variety, try adding beans, cabbage, beets and other root vegetables.

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