Feel better with the Famous Flu Fighter Soup

It's that time of year when everyone seems to be sniffing and sneezing, or complaining of a sore throat, and reaching for the tissues. Well here's a way to fight back - make a pot of Dale Pinnock's Famous Flu Fighter soup from his book 'The Medicinal Chef'


Feel better with the Famous Flu Fighter Soup

This onepot wonder of a soup is an absolute powerhouse when it comes to dealing with colds and flu. Don’t be put off by the goji berries – these sweet treats were once hard to find, and cost the earth, but thankfully they can now be found cheaply in any supermarket.

What it’s good for:

Skin Acne

Joints & Bones Arthritis

Immune System Colds & Flu

Heart & Circulation High cholesterol



1 red onion, finely chopped

1 green chilli, finely chopped

4 garlic cloves, finely chopped

5cm piece fresh root ginger, finely chopped

2 tbsp olive oil

2 medium sweet potatoes, diced, skins left on

1 punnet shiitake mushrooms, sliced

2 handfuls goji berries

Vegetable stock, to cover

Salt and black pepper


1. Put the onion, chilli, garlic and ginger in a large saucepan with the olive oil. Cook over a medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, until the onion softens.

2. Add the sweet potatoes and mushrooms to the pan along with the goji berries. Stir well, then add enough vegetable stock to cover all the ingredients. Simmer well for 10–15 minutes, until the potato is soft. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Carefully add the soup to a jug blender in batches, and blend into a smooth, vivid orange, spicy soup.

The Medicinal Chef by Dale Pinnock (Quadrille, £20). Photography: Martin Poole. Dale’s new book, The Medicinal Chef: The Power of Three, is out on 14 January, £20