12 Sick-Day Soups for When You’re Under the Weather

updated Jan 3, 2024
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We’re in prime cold and flu season, and with it comes the need to keep plenty of feel-better soups in your recipe arsenal. Sometimes a bowl or two is all you need to start feeling yourself again. These 12 soup recipes are comforting meals to make when you, your significant other, or your kids are under the weather.

Sick Day Soups

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Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
This cozy classic has everything you love and cooks in just 30 minutes.
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Classic Minestrone Soup
This soup is full of tender, hearty vegetables in a Parmesan tomato-herb broth and finished with a swirl of bright green pesto.
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Classic Matzo Ball Soup
This classic soup is make with homemade chicken stock and features extra fluffy matzo balls.
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Roasted Tomato Soup with Cheesy Crouton Topper
This oven-roasted tomato soup is topped with homemade croutons and cheese, then broiled until the bread is extra crispy and the cheese is melted.
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Split Pea Soup
An easy recipe for classic split pea soup flavored with thyme and a smoked ham hock, with the option to make it vegetarian.
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Gingery Poached Egg Soup
This Asian-inspired quick-cooking soup has poached eggs and greens in a ginger-garlic broth.
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Chicken and Rice Soup
A whole chicken is simmered to make a rich broth, tender chicken and rice that is as thrifty as it is lux.
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Easy Cabbage & White Bean Soup

If you have a Parmesan rind on hand, it’s worth tossing it into the soup as it simmers; it will add a deep umami flavor to the meatless soup.

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Chicken Lentil Soup

This recipe makes quite a large batch of soup. Luckily, it freezes very well so you can tuck some away for the next time you’re feeling under the weather.

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Slow Cooker Whole Chicken Soup

Let your slow cooker do most of the work when you’re craving the most classic sick-day soup around. Since it cooks low and slow for hours, the broth with be extra rich and flavorful.

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Soup from Any Vegetable

This is a great soup to make if you’re not feeling well enough to head to the store— gather whatever vegetables are in your crisper drawer instead.

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Ginger Chicken Soup
Classic chicken soup gets more zing thanks to ginger, lemon, and one more special ingredient that brings extra brightness and heat: yuzu kosho.
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