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27 Brothy Soups for When You're Under the Weather

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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.)

A New Chicken Noodle Soup for an Endless Winter
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A New Chicken Noodle Soup for an Endless Winter

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:

noodles on noodles

Chicken Tofu Laksa
Chicken Tofu Laksa
Kaoya Luobo Tang (Roast Duck Soup with Radishes)

Kaoya Luobo Tang (Roast Duck Soup with Radishes) by Madame Huang

Red Curry Chicken Noodle Soup

Red Curry Chicken Noodle Soup by Sarah | Wisconsin from Scratch

Turmeric-Miso Soup with Shiitakes, Turnips, and Soba Noodles

Turmeric-Miso Soup with Shiitakes, Turnips, and Soba Noodles by Lindsey S. Love | Dolly and...

Persian New Year's Noodle Soup

Persian New Year's Noodle Soup by Gena Hamshaw

Turkey Pho
Turkey Pho
Slow-Cooker Chicken Parmesan Soup

Slow-Cooker Chicken Parmesan Soup by foxeslovelemons

Burmese Noodle Bowl

Burmese Noodle Bowl by nykavi

Heidi Swanson's Spicy Green Soup
Heidi Swanson's Spicy Green Soup
Chicken Soup with Onions and Garlic for the Endless Winter

Chicken Soup with Onions and Garlic for the Endless Winter by Nicholas Day

The River Cottage’s Vegetable Bouillon (a.k.a. Souper Mix)

The River Cottage’s Vegetable Bouillon (a.k.a. Souper Mix) by Genius Recipes

dumplings & the like

Pancit Molo (Filipino Pork Dumpling Soup)
Pancit Molo (Filipino Pork Dumpling Soup)
Joan Nathan's Chosen Matzo Ball Soup

Joan Nathan's Chosen Matzo Ball Soup by Joan Nathan

Matzo Ball Soup

Matzo Ball Soup by Josh Cohen

Mexican Matzo Ball Soup with Chipotle and Lime
Mexican Matzo Ball Soup with Chipotle and Lime
Chicken and Chickpea Soup With Dumplings (Gondi)
Chicken and Chickpea Soup With Dumplings (Gondi)
Vegetable Wonton Miso Soup

Vegetable Wonton Miso Soup by Scarlett

Choucroute Soup with Knoedels

Choucroute Soup with Knoedels by QueenSashy

Smoky Minestrone with Tortellini and Parsley or Basil Pesto
Smoky Minestrone with Tortellini and Parsley or Basil Pesto

everything else

A Lighter Spinach and Parmesan Egg Drop Soup
A Lighter Spinach and Parmesan Egg Drop Soup
Beef Vegetable Soup Bourguignon

Beef Vegetable Soup Bourguignon by Waverly

Chicken Orzo Soup

Chicken Orzo Soup by Brussels Sprouts for Breakfast

Whole Slow Cooker-Poached Chicken

Whole Slow Cooker-Poached Chicken by Nicholas Day

Gherkin, Beef & Barley Broth (Рассольник | Rassol’nyk)

Gherkin, Beef & Barley Broth (Рассольник | Rassol’nyk) by Olia Hercules

Cabbage and Meatball Soup
Cabbage and Meatball Soup
Joanne Chang's Hot and Sour Soup

Joanne Chang's Hot and Sour Soup by Genius Recipes

Winter-Warming, Freezer-Friendly, Pantry-Cleaning Soup

Winter-Warming, Freezer-Friendly, Pantry-Cleaning Soup by Nicholas Day

What soups do you turn to when you're feeling sick? Classic chicken noodle? A spicy tom yum? Tell us below!

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