The World's Healthiest Foods

5 Spice Onion Soup

This Asian flavored onion soup is a great tasting variation that will give you an interesting and delicious way of enjoying the healthy benefits of onion and shiitake mushrooms. It is a healthier version of the traditional onion soup with an unusual broth and prepared by using the Healthy Sauté cooking method with no heated oil.

5 Spice Onion Soup Prep and Cook Time: 30 minutes

2 onions cut in half and sliced thin
6 cloves garlic, sliced
salt and white pepper to taste

1 medium onion chopped
6 cups + 1 TBS chicken or vegetable broth
½ inch fresh peeled ginger, sliced
6 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick, about 4 inches long
3 star anise
½ tsp dried fennel seeds
6 whole dried medium shiitake mushrooms
1 TBS soy sauce
1 TBS molasses


  1. Heat 1 TBS broth in medium soup pot. Healthy Sauté first onion in broth ingredient list over medium heat in broth for 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until translucent. Add rest of broth, and next 8 ingredients, and stir. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium low, and simmer broth ingredients briskly together for 20 minutes, uncovered. This will bring out a lot of flavor from the ingredients. Strain, while still hot, and return liquid to pan. Do not throw away mushrooms. Discard the rest.
  2. While broth is simmering, cut onions in half and slice thin. In separate medium sized non-stick skillet, heat 1 TBS of soup broth over medium heat. Healthy Sauté sliced onions over medium low heat in broth, stirring often for about 15 minutes, until translucent. Add garlic and sauté for another minute.
  3. Slice shiitake mushrooms saved from broth and return to soup along with sautéed onions and garlic. Season with salt and white pepper to taste.

    Serves 4

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Healthy Cooking Tips: It’s important to slowly sauté the sliced onions for this soup to bring out their sweetness, and tenderize them. Don’t rush them, if they take a little longer to cook, it is worth it. They will be translucent, tender, and sweet when they are done. The thinner you slice them the better for this result.
This page was updated on: 2003-12-08 16:15:17
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