Hey guys! So because I was sick with a bad flu recently I had a lot of time to work on my Blog and I thought, why not share the recipe of my -oh so famous- soup that I always make when my flatmates or I am sick. I called it the Getting Well-Soup.
We all know how good a nice hot soup makes us feel when we’re not feeling well, it warms up your body, it fills the air in the kitchen with nice smell and it will make you feel better for sure! Now with the right ingredients and spices it can help your body fight the virus or bacteria that caused the flu in the first place! In this post I will explain and show you how to make the soup and what ingredients take part in supporting your body with recovering!
We will start with the ingredients you need for the broth: I’m terrible at cooking according to recipes so this soup just developed over the years and I’m sorry I can’t give you exact measurements on how much to put in of what ingredient….. However I ALWAYS cook large amounts so that I can eat from it 2 or 3 days at least and still freeze another 2 portions (also because somehow I am not able to cook small amounts I don’t know why).
Hint: the ingredients you see on the images were used to make a very full middle – to – large sized pot and it gave me about 8 decent portions.
It will be a veggie broth so you will need celery root, red or white onions (shallots work aswell), 3-4 garlic cloves, carrots and some leek. The important parts here are onions and garlic. Onions, because the carbs they contain do not consist of starch like in potatoes but of fructans which are proven to be effective agains the flu! Yay so thats good! Garlic is even more of a magic ingredient because it does not only kill virus and bacteria but it supports the function of your intestines and thus it strengthens your immune system! If you’re a fan of garlic, even better! The more the merrier I would say 😉 Sellerie contributes with its vitamins and antioxidants and carrots have lots of vitamins too.
Wash and peel and chop it all up and start to sweat onions and garlic with some vegetable oil:
After 2-3 minutes on high heat, add celery and carrots and after another 5 minutes add the leek. Keep stirring for another few minutes, you can already add some salt now.
Then add boiling hot water until pot is 3/4 full and let it all simmer until the veggies are tender.
Now puree everything to get your broth.
This is when I start putting in spices because after that it will only take about 10 more minutes to finish the whole soup. As you can see on the image I like it spicy and I put in a big chilli. I don’t chop it up because these are chills I brought back from one of my travels to Thailand and the seeds will kill any feeling in your mouth if you put in too much so I just put in the whole thing which I experienced was a good way to measure the heat. However you can put in as much or as little chilli as you like because once it burns your mouth, it’s not delicious anymore so be careful 🙂 Chili is also one of my magical ingredients when having a flu because of its antioxidants and anti-inflammatory qualities! I put in sweet and hot paprika and black pepper (also anti-inflammatory!).
Stir well and then put in all the following ingredients:
I like to put in snow peas and a mix of carrots, peas and green beans (all frozen), as well as fresh leek because I found they make a delicious mix in the soup! Also I love the taste of parsley and I put it in almost everything so it can’t be missed here! Put it in at the very end though to not overcook the fragile herb 🙂
Now for the next ingredient you can decide whether you would like to add it or not. Personally I think wild salmon goes very well with this soup and gives it a bit of a mediterranean taste. I use the frozen one here as well. Chop it up and throw it in the broth with all the other ingredients.
Now your pot should look somewhat like this and you’re almost done! Keep simmering for a bit and make sure the fish is cooked through before eating. You can leave the soup as it is now or, what I do is, I add some soup noodles because I like them and the carbs will give your body some extra energy it needs to recover. If you’re not a fan of noodles that are soaked with broth, boil them separately and put them in the soup when serving. Last but not least I taste the soup and give it the last spices if it feels like something is still missing.
And voila! There you go, a warm bowl of Getting Well-Soup that will certainly make you feel better 🙂
As the very last step, put some ground black pepper and chopped parsley on top to make it look beautiful (because you eat with your eyes first) and for me, I pour a bit of freshly squeezed lemon juice into the soup. I love the fresh taste it gets and the vitamin C will only contribute to the bowl full of energy and immune boosters!
I hope you enjoy this soup if you feel like cooking it at home, let me know what you think and stay tuned for more fun recipes!