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

updated Nov 15, 2023
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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 10 recipes are comforting meals to make when you, your significant other, or your kids are under the weather. Being sick never tasted so good.

Sick Day Soups

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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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Gingery Poached Egg Soup
This Asian-inspired quick-cooking soup has poached eggs and greens in a ginger-garlic broth.
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Easy One-Pot Chicken Taco Soup
Loaded with juicy chicken, hearty black beans, and sweet corn, this quick soup was made with weeknight dinners in mind.
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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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Roasted Tomato Soup

It goes without saying, but you’ll feel even better if you pair this soup with a grilled cheese sandwich.

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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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Alice Waters' Chickpea and Broccoli Rabe Soup

This simple bean soup is quite flexible: Swap in white beans, if you prefer, or opt for bacon instead of pancetta.

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