March 6, 2018

Healing Turmeric Noodle Soup (20 Minute!)

Immune-boosting Turmeric Noodle Soup with a miso, garlic, ginger-infused broth! Great benefits for healing, inflammation, and cold & flu season. (Vegan, gluten-free, oil-free)

This EASY, 8-ingredient golden noodle soup has become a bit of an obsession in our household. The recipe was unexpectedly born when I was very much under the weather. I wandered downstairs to find something healing & soothing (and most of all QUICK to make). In my mentally groggy state, I literally just started chucking stuff into the pot. Turmeric? Yep. Ginger? Definitely. Noodles? Oh yes. Somehow the warm, brothy concoction ended up being exactly what I needed. Like a magical, golden elixir ✨ It felt SO good and nourishing I recreated again it the next day. And the next. Then my husband asked how I made it so he could start making it too. We couldn't get enough of that flavorful garlic-ginger-miso-infused broth. The funny thing is I kept craving it long after the sickness was gone... and here we are! Cold/flu season or not, I really love the strong flavors and nice "spicy" kick (not to mention all the anti-inflammatory, immune-boosting benefits.) Plus it's an incredibly versatile recipe - leave out the noodles and make it more brothy, add more ginger/garlic, more fresh greens, or a tofu/mushroom boost! I make it a little different every time and have so much fun with all the variations. Would love to hear your adaptions as well!

On the topic of healing & boosting immunity, I also wanted to quickly mention one of my favorite books on naturally boosting your immune system - "Super Immunity" by Dr. Joel Fuhrman and also these Herb Pharm liquid supplements we've been incorporating the past few years (not sponsored, just love 'em!) Here are a few of our favorites from our ever-growing herb army ๐Ÿ˜‰๐ŸŒฟ

Daily Immune Builder
I try to remember to take this blend almost daily now for overall immune support. (I'll probably taper it back once cold/flu season ends.) But I really dig the ingredients: echinacea, astragalus, reishi mushroom, schisandra berry, and prickly ash bark. It's super easy to incorporate - just squeeze a dropper into juice or water.

Echinacea Supplement
If I feel a cold might be coming on, I start to use Echinacea and Elderberry in addition to the immune builder. Echinacea stimulates the immune system and is said to reduce the many symptoms of colds, flu, and other illnesses.

Black Elderberry Supplement
Studies show elderberry extract is an efficient and highly effective treatment for both colds and flu (and can even reduce the duration and symptoms.)

Kid's Immune Fortifier
This is the kid's version of the daily immune builder we give to our 5 year old daughter. She likes a few drops in some water and it's also great mixed with juice. It's been a super easy way to help boost her immune system.

Herb Pharm has lots more supplements - I love to browse them at our local co-op. They also have more condition-specific herbs like "Cough Crusader" or "Ear Oil" for earaches. I'm a big fan of the nature-inspired, holistic approach to healing and I like what I see from this Oregon-based company. Especially growing and sourcing mostly organic & non-GMO. Would love to hear if you've tried them and your favorites as well! Now back to the recipe - hope this comforts you too! Be well ๐Ÿ’›

Vegan, gluten-free (with gf pasta), oil-free
Serves about 2-3

4 cups vegetable broth
2 oz. pasta (I use quinoa & brown rice spaghetti noodles)
3-4 cloves garlic
1 to 1 1/2 inches fresh ginger (at least 1 Tbsp. grated)
2 Tbsp. white miso paste
1 tsp. turmeric (more to taste)
1 1/3 cups peas (I use frozen)
1 cup fresh baby spinach
Optional additions: black pepper, kale, green beans, broccoli, tofu, mushrooms, green onion, etc.

In a large saucepan over high heat, pour vegetable broth and bring to a boil.
Meanwhile, mince garlic and grate ginger. (I use this microplane grater for ginger.)
When broth is boiling, add garlic, ginger, miso*, turmeric, peas, and pasta (if using spaghetti noodles, I like to break them up in smaller pieces before adding).
Return to a light boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes or until pasta is cooked.
Stir in spinach during last minute of cooking.
Taste and add additional miso (for saltiness) if desired.

*To avoid miso clumping: spoon miso into a small bowl and whisk with a little hot water to smooth it out before adding to the soup. I don't always do this, but it's helpful if you find your miso usually clumps. Feel free to add it at the end with the spinach to help conserve the probiotic benefits.

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  1. I'm going to try this - sounds delicious! I am lucky that I haven't been ill so far this winter . . fingers crossed. I love Turmeric though, for its anti-inflammatory qualities and as a distance athlete I am always fighting inflammation. This sounds so healing and delicious!

    1. Hope you enjoy Terri! And stay healthy!! Lots of weird stuff going around this year it seems. Turmeric really is wonderful - I just made another batch of this a couple days ago :) Have a beautiful week!

  2. Perfect timing! I'm dealing with a broken wrist right now. Really need something I can put together with one hand and that helps with inflammation. I made this as soon as the email arrived in my inbox.

    1. Hi Nicola! Ouch! Hopefully you could manage to make this with one hand. Sending lots of healing your way and hope you enjoyed the soup. Take good care! -Kaitlin

  3. I made this recipe last night and it was SO good! I doubled it so that we could have leftovers throughout the week and I added tofu, green onions, and used buckwheat noodles. Otherwise, followed the recipe pretty closely. I loved it and my fiancรฉ must have mentioned at least 5 times throughout dinner how good it was. I'll definitely be making it again, I'll probably try adding green beans and/or broccoli next time, we just didn't have either on hand last night. Thanks for another great recipe that can be easily adapted using whatever veggies I have in the fridge!

    1. Hey Jessica! YAY!! So, so excited you gave it a try! Looove that you doubled it and threw in some fun additions to boot :) Definitely a versatile recipe - hope you have a blast trying out other variations! Wishing you two a beautiful week! -Kaitlin