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14 Soothing Soups For Cold And Flu Season

When you're on the sick list, just about any warm and comforting soup can make you feel a little better. But some soups are actually better than others at keeping you nourished, hydrated, uncongested, and soothed. Try these top picks, and get well soon.

1) Super Hot and Sour Shrimp Soup

"This was a great soup. Easy to get down when my stomach was upset." — Christy Cooks

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Photo by marljong

2) Garlic Spinach Soup

"So good, so comforting, so easy." — ROCKES

Garlic Spinach Soup

Photo by LilSnoo

3) Miso Soup

"I made this with kelp, which when cooked a bit becomes soft. I also added a tbsp each of fresh ginger and garlic, which I minced. Altogether it makes a very nutritious (and hopefully cold-fighting) soup." — rfairman

Miso Soup

Photo by LilSnoo

4) Cold-Busting Ginger Chicken Noodle Soup

"This recipe rocks! I've had the flu for a few days now and made this recipe earlier today. It is so good, and the ginger is great for the tummy problems." — christine

Cold-Busting Ginger Chicken Noodle Soup

Photo by Lauren Hellekson

5) Spicy Chicken Thai Soup

"It is especially nice if you are feeling a bit under the weather." — Maxine

Spicy Chicken Thai Soup

Photo by Catherine Kim

6) Roasted Butternut Squash, Garlic, and Apple Soup

"FANTASTIC! Best squash soup I've ever had, and love that there's no fattening cream involved." — Victoriaren

Roasted Butternut Squash, Garlic, and Apple Soup

Photo by Arizona Desert Flower

7) Tomato Fennel Soup

"The soup was delicious and perfect for a cold winter's night." — LynneinVA

Tomato Fennel Soup

Photo by Linda T

8) Healing Cabbage Soup

"I made this soup for its healing benefits, but I ended up loving it so much I'd make it anytime! It truly is 'healing' and not just for cold/flu season." — Heather

Healing Cabbage Soup

Photo by NMCookie

9) Hearty Chicken and Rice Soup

"Quick and easy. Perfect for when everyone starts getting the colds and the weather starts to turn yucky." — SusieHomemaker

Hearty Chicken and Rice Soup

Photo by vstoute15

10) Pho Ginger and Lime Soup

"It is somewhat spicy and is very, very good for if you have a cold, would like to warm up in the winter, or want to clear your nose." — K.Hamel

Pho Ginger and Lime Soup

Photo by DetectiveL

11) Chicken Long Rice Soup

"This IS very comforting, nutritious and low in calories...not to mention economical!" — Carla Cleary

Chicken Long Rice Soup

Photo by mommyluvs2cook

12) Pick-Me-Up Egg Drop Soup

"It helped settle my stomach and was super easy to make." — Rissa

Pick Me Up Egg Drop Soup

Photo by Baking Nana

13) Greek Lemon Chicken Soup

"This soup hit the spot and is great when you have to feed a family who is suffering with colds." — NPINCEK

Greek Lemon Chicken Soup

Photo by Scotdog

14) The Best Thai Coconut Soup

"More comforting than chicken soup with our current terrible head colds!" — Queen Llemon

Best Thai Coconut Soup

Photo by thalicia

Best Bets For Feel-Better Soups

  • Broth-based soups. Easy to sip. Easy to digest. Soothing for sore throats.
  • Simple proteins. Try easily digestible tofu, shredded chicken, or seafood to keep your strength up while you're fighting off the bugs.
  • Healthy Ingredients. Soups made with onions, garlic, tomatoes, and greens are rich in antioxidants. For a quick nutritional boost, serve broth-based soups over raw or lightly sautéed spinach instead of noodles.
  • Congestion-busters. Some folks swear by very spicy soups for clearing out those nasal passages. But if you're feeling a bit queasy, you might want to proceed with caution. Staying away from dairy-enriched soups might help fight congestion, but that's not been absolutely proven.
  • Tummy-friendly. Ginger is effective at settling nausea. Shave some into your broth soup and sip it all day.

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