Every time I come down with a cold or flu or nasty something-or-other, I want to eat one thing, and one thing only: hot, brothy soup. Be it a big bowl of spicy laksa topped with a generous squeeze of lime or the comforting savoriness of miso soup sipped from a mug, soups have a knack for being exactly what an ailing body needs. (Fun fact: research has suggested that chicken noodle soup really does have the power to help cure sickness.)
Brothy soups are easy to digest and a snap to make at home—especially if you go ahead and stock your freezer with a few containers of homemade broth right now. You know, just to be prepared. Bonus: Soup is an excellent vehicle for vegetable odds and ends, noodles, dumplings, spice pastes, or anything else hiding in your pantry/fridge that needs to be consumed. Which means that with a bit of forward thinking, you can whip one up on the stove in less time than it would take to call for delivery.
So whether you’re feeling sick or just coming down with a case of the winter blues, here are 27 savory, brothy soups to sip on:
What soups do you turn to when you're feeling sick? Classic chicken noodle? A spicy tom yum? Tell us below!