Sick Soup Cures All

In case you’re wondering, I’m sick. (Yes, I’m sure you woke up this morning and thought, “How is Melissa feeling today?”) Anyway, in the spirit of turning the bad to good, this ickiness at the very least presents the ideal opportunity for today’s “Make Your Market,” in which I will share an amazing soup I make whenever I’m feeling sick (or just feeling like I need something healthy and hearty). If this mid-December chill has caught you by surprise, too, here’s how to cure it with veggies:

Sick Soup pictured here with mushrooms, but mushrooms are totally optional. 



  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter 
  • 1/4 c. cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 medium carrots – peeled and diced
  • 1 sweet yellow onion – sliced lengthwise
  • 12 cloves of garlic – rough chopped
  • 1 head of green cabbage – chopped into thin slices
  • 2 jalapeños – 1 red, 1 green, sliced
  • Optional: sliced shiitake mushrooms
  • 6 cups of water
  • a handful of dill – rough chopped
  • Salt and pepper – to taste


  1. In a large soup pot, melt the butter and heat up the olive oil.
  2. Add the carrots and onions, keeping the heat on medium. Allow to cook until the onions turn translucent and the carrots get slightly charred around their edges.
  3. Add 6 cloves of garlic. Stir until you can smell the garlic aroma then add the jalapeños. (You can add the mushrooms if you’d like at this point.)
  4. Once the jalapeños have a slight char, add the cabbage and stir to combine. (You may need to add a bit of olive oil at this point to keep the cabbage cooking.)
  5. Pour in the water and turn up the heat on your stove to allow the soup to boil.
  6. Once the soup comes to a boil, turn down the burner to simmer.
  7. Simmer the soup for 1 hour (the cabbage should turn translucent) then add the dill and salt + pepper to taste.
  8. ENJOY!