Nourishing Our Health Through Winter - Part 2 | Miso Soup Recipe

December 18, 2017

Nourishing Our Health Through Winter - Part 2 | Miso Soup Recipe

by Rachael Henrichsen


In Chinese medicine, there is the idea that when the bodies defensive qi (immune system) is strong, that a person will not get sick, even when exposed to illness (which is constantly around us). It is like a wall fortifying the exterior of the body that when strong, nothing can pass through. When we get run down, that wall becomes weaker and no longer as capable of protecting the temple within. The above mix, helps to keep the wall strong and the pathogens out.

When the cold or flu ‘bug’ starts to attack the wall, trying to get into the body, we start to feel a little unwell. You might find yourself saying something like, “I feel like I am coming down with something,” “my throat feels a little sore,” “my nose is a little stuffy,” or “I feel a bit achy”. This is the time to take immediate action to push the bug out of the body before it really takes hold or gets in deeper. Chinese medicine does this by sweating the pathogen out through the pores. If you act when you are just beginning to feel a little sick, you can prevent it from getting worse.

This is an adaption of a classic Chinese recipe that has been used for over 1000 years for the purpose of relieving the beginning stages of a cold.

Scallion and Miso Soup

  • 5 scallions – whole stalks sliced thin including the tender green parts.
  • 3 bulbs of garlic – chopped
  • 5 slices of fresh ginger – chopped (about a golf ball sized chunk)
  • 1 carrot - chopped
  • 1 piece of celery – chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of organic miso paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper or paprika
  • any fresh herbs (basil, rosemary, thyme, oregano, parsley, etc)


  1. Add the ingredients (with the exception of garlic) to a pot with water and simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic and cook another 5 minutes.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix up the miso paste in warm water, but not hot. As mixing the miso with hot water destroys the living culture.
  4. When the soup has cooled down a bit, add the miso.
  5. While eating and after, wrap yourself in a bundle of blankets until you break out in a little sweat. This sweating acts as a way for the pathogen to get released from the body.
  6. A variety of seasonal vegetables can be added to this basic recipe to make for a delicious warming soup even when you are not sick.

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