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Heidi Swanson’s Spicy Green Soup

I’m not going to lie… this is spicy. 

But it’s perfect when you are starting to get sick. 

Have a box of tissues close by, and get ready to blow your nose! 

Packed with fresh herbs, chile, garlic and ginger-it’s the punch of health to make you really feel alive (or breathe fire). 

If you are sensitive to heat, just cut back on the ginger/garlic and/or chile, it’s easily adaptable. 

Heidi Swanson's Spicy Green Soup
Serves 4
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Prep Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
  1. 1 liter of water
  2. 2 cloves of garlic
  3. ¾ cup firmly packed basil leaves
  4. 1 ¼ cup firmly packed cilantro leaves and stems
  5. ¼ cup lightly packed mint leaves
  6. 1 thick 2-inch piece of ginger, peeled and grated
  7. 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  8. 2 small serrano chiles (stemmed and deseeded
  9. 1 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  10. Zest of 1 lemon
  11. 1 Tablespoon runny honey
  12. Any of the following as to add on top: poached eggs, hot white beans, soba noodles, brown rice
  13. As final garnish any of the following: chopped black olives, lemon wedges, or toasted almond slices.
  1. In a saucepan, bring water just to a simmer.
  2. As the water heats, combine the garlic, basil, cilantro, mint, ginger, olive oil, chiles, almonds, salt, lemon zest, and honey in a food processor. Blend until smooth, thinning with a couple of tablespoons of cold water and scraping down the sides along the way, until the mixture becomes as smooth as possible.
  3. Taste and adjust to your liking; the paste should be strong and spicy.
  4. Just before serving, add the paste to the simmering water and stir well. Dial back the heat at this point; you don't want it to return to a simmer, but you do want it very hot.
  5. Taste and adjust the seasoning—a bit more salt or a squeeze of lemon juice. (Editors' note: Don't skimp on the lemon!)
  6. Ladle into bowls with your chosen accompaniment and enjoy on its own or topped with any of the suggested toppings.
Adapted from Food52
Adapted from Food52
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