Let's be honest: The only thing we want to eat when we're sick is a bowlful of brothy soup. Seeing as cold-and-flu season is officially upon us, we tapped some of our favorite foodies to source delicious, immune-boosting recipes that we can easily whip up as soon as we start sniffling. Spanning a detox vegetable soup that "heals all" to a spicy garlic pepper soba soup that will perk you up, these are the seven best soups for a cold that were practically made for days when you're feeling under the weather. Go ahead and call in sick so you can cook yourself back to health with these recipes.
Creamy White Bean Soup
"Almost every soup recipe uses the descriptors of 'soothing' and 'restorative,' and this one is very honestly both," confesses recipe creator Laura of The First Mess. Loaded with simple, good-for-you ingredients like kale, garlic, and lemon juice, it's not hard to see why she describes this creamy white bean soup that way.
Mean Green Detox Vegetable Soup
Filled with nutrient-rich ingredients (think kale, carrots, and purple cabbage), it's no wonder recipe creator Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest claims this Mean Green Detox Vegetable Soup "heals all," saying she makes it any time she feels sickness coming on.
Garlic Pepper Soba With Chili-Roasted Tofu
Boasting immune-boosting garlic, chili flakes, and lime juice, this garlic pepper soba is a heartier, healthier take on store-bought ramen that doesn't compromise on comfort-food vibes. Recipe creator Laura of The First Mess deems it "an easy, slurp-y bowl of noodle soup with lots of feel-good ingredients."
Chicken Noodle Soup
What's more comforting than a bowlful of classic chicken noodle soup when you have a cold? Spoon Fork Bacon's recipe calls for all the staple ingredients—celery, carrots, and noodles, of course—along with fresh thyme and chives to take the dish to the next level. You might just swear off the canned variety for good.
Old-School Tomato Soup
The only thing better than a comforting bowl of tomato soup is an easy-to-make bowl of tomato soup. "Essentially, you just cook the onions for a bit then throw everything else in the pot for half an hour, then give it a whiz," says recipe creator Sarah of Stuck in the Kitchen.
Miso Dumpling Soup
If you're feeling under the weather, this flavorful miso dumpling soup will perk you right up. Brimming with nutrient-rich autumn squash, this "soup is so flavorful that you'll find yourself making this over and over," promises recipe creator Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest.
Tomato Artichoke Lentil Stew
Recipe creator Sonja of A Couple Cooks describes this nourishing tomato artichoke lentil stew as having "an earthy, Italian flair." Featuring hearty red lentils, leafy kale, and tasty artichoke hearts, this isn't your typical tomato soup (in the best possible way).
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