Even eaten on its own, garlic is a mega-immune-system booster, but in a soup it takes on comforting qualities that go beyond the benefits of food. Debra Brammer, ND, clinical dean of naturopathic medicine at Bastyr Center for Natural Health, presented this recipe during a talk called "Herbs to Support Immunity," part of the 2011 Living Naturally fall lecture series at the clinic. Watch the talk in its entirety and view Dr. Brammer’s other immune-boosting recipes via the article “Bastyr Dean Shares Recipes for Immunity.”
Cook onion, celery, minced carrot and jalapeno in olive oil over medium heat until color turns clear. Add the garlic cloves and cook for 1 to 3 minutes; do not brown or scorch. Add the other vegetables (and beans, if using) and toss in oil to mix. Add the broth, turn heat down to simmer and cover.
Cook for 15 to 30 minutes or until warmed through. Before serving, add fresh lemon juice and green herbs and cook for 5 minutes longer. Adjust seasoning to taste and serve.