This soup fills the house with the scent of bright citrus, wine, and fresh fish. An abundance of aromatic antiviral spices makes it a welcome addition to your winter cooking repertoire. Add some crusty bread with garlic dipping oil and you will be 10 steps ahead of any cold or flu in your neighborhood.

DAIRY-FREE, GLUTEN-FREE, GRAIN-FREE, NUT-FREE

SERVES 4 | PREP TIME: 15 MINUTES | COOK TIME: 35 MINUTES

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup chopped onion

1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped

1 cup chopped celery

½ small fennel bulb, thinly sliced

2 teaspoons dried Hot & Spicy oregano

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 cups clam juice or broth

1 (28-ounce) can crushed Italian tomatoes or passata

1 cup dry white wine

1 pound wild-caught cod fillets, cut into 1-inch chunks

1 bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley, washed and coarsely chopped

Juice and zest of 1 lemon

1.In a soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat and then add the onion, pepper, celery, and fennel. Sauté for 5 minutes.

2.Add the oregano and garlic, and stir until aromatic.

3.Add the clam juice, crushed tomatoes, and wine. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

4.Add the cod, chopped parsley, and lemon juice and zest, and simmer for 15 minutes more.

5.Ladle into soup bowls and serve.

INGREDIENT TIP: Dried bee balm compares equally with the best Sicilian oregano (both are aromatic members of the mint family). If you grow bee balm, dry some in a paper bag and give it a try; it’s not just for bees anymore!

HERB PROFILE

OREGANO

Fresh or dried leaf

SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS: Avoid during pregnancy in more than culinary amounts

TASTE/ACTIVITY: SPICY/WARM/DRYING

PROPERTIES: Antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, aromatic carminative, expectorant

USES: Treats colds, flu, wet coughs, intestinal viruses, sinus infections, upper respiratory infections, and fungal infections; aids digestion; relieves gas, bloating, diarrhea, and menstrual cramps

SUGGESTED PREPARATIONS: Cough syrup (with other warm/drying herbs for a wet cough), culinary spice, honey, steam inhalation, tea, vinegar

ESPECIALLY GOOD FOR: COLDS, FLU

Oregano helps dry up excess mucus in the sinuses and lungs. Its antibacterial qualities may also help prevent any further bacterial infection associated with colds and flu. Oregano’s carminative, drying, and antiviral activity may help alleviate symptoms from intestinal viruses, such as cramping and diarrhea.

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