Mushroom & Goji Berries Clear Soup

by Kiran on April 20, 2012 · 34 comments

in Sides, Soups, Vegetarian

Happy {almost} weekend and I’m in a mood for a short story-telling.

This is a story of a boy who did not plan in advance while packing.

He took a flight to Baltimore last week and returned with a heavy sinus, cold, cough and throat infection.

Go figure.

It’s been soups and breads these days, in sweltering hot Florida weather. With an extreme sore-throat, he requested for something that didn’t require munching.

Clear soup to the rescue!

Here’s hoping he gets completely well before his flight tomorrow. I’m off to remind him to consult weather dot com before he completely forgets.


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  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 8 oz of brown mushrooms, cleaned and chopped
  • 1 shallot, finely minced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1/2 tsp ginger, finely minced
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 2.5 cups of low-sodium vegetable broth
  • a few sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1.5 tbsp goji berries
  • 2 big handfuls of fresh spinach


  1. Heat saucepan on medium. Add cooking oil.
  2. Once oil is heated, throw in shallot. Cook for 1 minute until fragrant.
  3. Add chopped carrot and fry for 3 minutes. Sprinkle in some minced ginger.
  4. Throw in chopped brown mushrooms and stir. Cook for a few minutes until mushrooms are slightly tender.
  5. Add minced garlic, salt + black pepper. Cook for a minute.
  6. Carefully add vegetable broth + fresh thyme. Bring everything to gentle simmer, about 10 minutes.
  7. Add lemon juice and goji berries. Simmer until goji berries softens.
  8. Check for seasonings.
  9. Remove from heat, add spinach and immediately serve a bowl to a sinus patient or yourself. Enjoy!


And oh, did I mention we are moving to the West Coast next week? We are calling Phoenix, Arizona our home until end of the year.

Definitely sad to leave Orlando for a few months, but I’m so excited for the farmers markets (there’s more than one!), a few Trader Joes (there’s none in Orlando) and desert life!

See ya from the other side, same time, next week 🙂

Have you been to Arizona or any part of the West Coast? Love it or otherwise?


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1 Julie M. April 20, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Beautiful bowl of soup Kiran. I could definitely go for a helping of that sick or not. Where in Arizona are you moving to? I spent about a year in Phoenix and have family that have lived there for several years (still do) in both Phoenix and Flagstaff. Arizona is a beautiful state!
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2 Rosa April 20, 2012 at 5:20 PM

What an interesting and original soup! Surely delicious.



3 pavithra April 20, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Me too I love adding Goji berries in soups 🙂 I am always a soupy person..looks tempting:) Good luck with ur move:)

4 Margarita April 20, 2012 at 5:59 PM

This soup will for sure cure any ailment! Looks delicious Kiran! Wow! Why are you moving to Arizona for a while? Good luck with the move and let us know how it goes.
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5 Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef April 20, 2012 at 6:06 PM

I love the Phoenix and Scottsdale area. Then there’s Sedona where you can get your spiritual side aligned. I love it there. I would miss grass on the front lawn but otherwise, it would be great to live in Phoenix. Summers are really hot. Hotter than Orlando. Good luck with the move!

Love the soup!
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6 chinmayie @ love food eat April 21, 2012 at 1:39 AM

Such a interesting combination of ingredients! beautiful colorful soup which is comforting and nourishing…
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7 Reem | Simply Reem April 21, 2012 at 1:47 AM

Kiran, I think I am too in need of this soup, I was just telling my husband that I think I am getting cold, my throat is all sore…
Oh I love goji berries but somehow have never added them in soup… Interesting…

B/W I voted for you my lovely!!! Cheering for you Darlin..

8 myfudo April 21, 2012 at 3:08 AM

I love the fresh spinach in this dish…Will really make one rejuvenated after eating.
Will try sometime.
I am sure you’ll enjoy Arizona. =)
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9 tania@mykitchenstories April 21, 2012 at 6:39 AM

I relly didnt consider adding these berries to soup. It must be very good for you. Your pictures are lovely
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10 the wicked noodle April 21, 2012 at 8:20 AM

So exciting about your move! Lots of happy thoughts for you!

Your soup looks wonderful. I love the addition of goji berries! That’s one ingredient I’ve never used in cooking 🙂

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11 Magic of Spice April 21, 2012 at 2:46 PM

I hope he feels better soon! This recipe is wonderful, love the use of goji berries!
And good luck with your move 🙂
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12 Asmita April 21, 2012 at 4:21 PM

This soup looks so comforting and delicious! Beautiful pictures Kiran.
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13 Jamie April 22, 2012 at 3:59 AM

I see goji berries on sale at our market all the time but have never used them and never really understood how they could be used. Makes your soup all the more introguing. And this wonderful soup is the best medicine, isn’t it?
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14 Liz April 22, 2012 at 6:46 PM

I hope your sick fellow is feeling better…this delicious soup should help. Good luck with your move…you’ll still have heat but the decrease in humidity will be an improvement 🙂
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15 Rikki April 22, 2012 at 10:57 PM

I love all of your photos! This looks and sounds amazing.
Good luck with your move! I hope you like it there [:
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16 Janine April 22, 2012 at 11:25 PM

with the weather turning hot cold every other day, i’m sure in need of this soup! My mom often makes soup with goji, but Chinese style which I dont really like so these seem like a perfect solution!
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17 Jennifer (Delicieux) April 22, 2012 at 11:46 PM

Beautiful soup Kiran! Soup always works wonders for me whenever I am sick.

Good luck with your move! Sounds like you will have a great time there visiting all the markets 🙂
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18 April 23, 2012 at 1:43 AM

The soup looks nourishing! I like goji berries, and we used them a lot in clear soup 🙂 recently posted..Moist Maple Madeleines

19 Raymund April 23, 2012 at 3:34 AM

Love the exotic flavours on that soup! Yum
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20 Debs @ The Spanish Wok April 23, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Hope the soup killed the bug LOL. Sounds delicious.

Gook luck with the move too, hope you will be happy there.
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21 Radhika @ Just Homemade April 23, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Love gojiberries.. like to sprinkle them on my oatmeal for breakfast..
Never thought of adding into a soup! I bet it was quite an anti-oxidant boost 🙂
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22 Cass @foodmyfriend April 23, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Yum! This looks very healthy and beautiful 🙂 Well done!
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23 Richa@HobbyandMore April 23, 2012 at 8:19 PM

i would never think of putting shrooms and goji berries together.. that must taste fun! All the best for your move!

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24 Jenny @ BAKE April 24, 2012 at 6:14 AM

this looks absolutely gorgeous and perfect for spring! beautiful pictures too
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25 Sandra's Easy Cooking April 24, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Great soup and very interesting recipe, Kiren! Love your photos!!!
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26 Kitchen Belleicious April 24, 2012 at 10:26 AM

beautiful and colorful! I love the use of the goji berries~! Amazing
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27 Jeanette April 25, 2012 at 7:44 AM

Love this healing broth you made. Best wishes with you move!
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28 Nami | Just One Cookbook April 26, 2012 at 1:50 PM

I’ve been sick since Japan (didn’t we talk about being sick long ago? Gosh I can’t believe I have a bad cough again!) and your soup will cure me… I need this kind of light soup and that’s what I need right now! Good recipe that I’d love to try!
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29 Cinnamon & Thyme May 3, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Goji berries in soup? 🙂 Interesting! Must try it. Usually I mix my goji in my müsli :).

30 Baker Street May 18, 2012 at 10:43 PM

Goji berries in soup is a fantastic idea and its so well paired with mushrooms. Definitely must give it a try. Although, we don’t find these berries very easily around here.
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31 Steph March 31, 2014 at 9:00 PM

This recipe is fantastic! So simple, yet so flavorful. I added a pinch of cayenne and a shake of red pepper flakes to give it a little kick. So glad I came across this recipe in my search for new ways to eat goji berries.

32 Kiran February 6, 2015 at 1:02 AM

Thanks Steph! I’m a so glad you loved this recipe 🙂

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