Freestyle Feel-Good Soup Recipe


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Hot, cold, savory, spicy, or sour – few dishes are as versatile as soups, which can be tailored to any season, diet, or flavor preference. Here, locals showcase their favorite soup recipes that are loaded with nutrients and adaptable ingredients, so you can whip up a recipe using whatever you have in your pantry. Locally-grown seasonal produce is sure to shine in the recipes, so be sure to connect with the many independent grocers and farmers in the Chattanooga area!

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Rosy Harpe's Freestyle Feel-Good Soup Recipe

Rosy Harpe
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings


For the base:

  • ½ onion, chopped
  • A handful of king oyster or enoki mushrooms
  • 1 large carrot
  • ¼-½ head of broccoli
  • 1-2 bac ha (Giant Elephant Ear) stalks
  • 1 bok choy, halved
  • 2-3 small russet potatoes
  • ½-1 Japanese yam (can sub sweet potato)
  • 1-2 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 cup protein of choice (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp. miso paste
  • 2-3 Tbsp. Maesri curry paste (optional)
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 6 cups water
  • ¼ tsp. ginger
  • ¼-½ cup coconut milk
  • Frozen veggie dumplings (optional)
  • ½ package noodles or rice of choice

For the toppings:

  • Chili oil
  • Cilantro or parsley
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Green onion
  • Violet flowers


  • Prep vegetables and potatoes by washing and chopping to desired size. You can leave the skins on all vegetables for more nutrients and less food waste.
  • In a large pot, sauté chopped onions in oil on medium heat until transparent.
  • Add remaining vegetables and optional protein and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Stir in miso paste, optional curry paste, soy sauce, water, ginger, and coconut milk.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  • If using frozen veggie dumplings, add these 3-5 minutes before the soup is done. At this stage, you can taste your soup and adjust seasonings for a balance of acidity, saltiness, sweetness, and heat.
  • Prepare noodles or rice separately according to package instructions. Ladle soup over prepared noodles or rice. Dress with desired toppings and serve immediately!
Keyword comfort food, freestyle feel-good soup, homemade, Soup
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