Shiitake Mushroom Soup to boost your immune system

Shiitake mushrooms contain a powerful compound called lentinan, which enables your immune system to fight diseases and infections more efficiently.  Shiitake mushrooms are believed to be more effective than many prescription drugs. Shiitake mushrooms can help you battle more common infections like influenza to more serious health ailments like cancer and HIV.

This soup recipe also contains the herbs sage and thyme which can strengthen your lungs, decrease inflammation and help clear nasal and chest congestion.

Shiitake Mushroom soup

3 tablespoons  olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 pounds shiitake sliced
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour, or brown rice flour
5 cups vegetable broth
2 tablespoons chopped sage
1 tablespoon chopped thyme
1 teaspoon paprika
salt & pepper to taste

Heat oil  in a large saucepan over medium heat.  Add the onion, garlic, and mushrooms, stirring until very soft aabout 7 minutes..  Add the red wine vinegar and cook for 2 minutes. Sprinkle with flour and continue cooking, stirring constantly for 3 minutes.  Gradually add the stock and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes, or until the soup thickens slightly.  Add the sage, thyme, and paprika.  Cook, stirring occasionally for 3 minutes or until heated through.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.



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