Soothing Soups Ideas for the Family to Battle Colds

Fill your home with the aroma of simmering vegetables and spices with these soups that are meant to do more than warm you up: Each recipe contains an ingredient to help ward off colds and build up your body's natural defenses against the sniffles. So forget the cold medicine and break out the soup pot!

Chunky Turkey-Vegetable Soup

Full of garlicky goodness, this recipe for chunky turkey-vegetable soup from Martha Stewart includes two cloves! That's perfect for cold season, since the same compound that gives garlic its pungent odor is also an antioxidant that will give your body's immune system a boost.

Hearty Sausage and White Bean Soup with Oregano, Basil and Parsley

Herbs are good for more than just flavor – they've been used as medicine for centuries. And this recipe for hearty sausage and white bean soup by Fresh Herbs includes plenty. The combination of oregano, basil and parsley melds beautifully with the tomato-infused chicken stock to create a warming meal your family will love. (This makes great leftovers, too!)

Broccoli Cheese Chowder

Did you know that broccoli contains vitamins A, C and E? That's right: Beef up your body's ability to battle colds with a helping or two of broccoli. This recipe for broccoli cheese chowder from Eating Well pairs the vegetable with just enough cheese to create a flavorful meal in a bowl. Serve with toasted multigrain bread for a healthy, low-fat dinner your kids will rave about.

Chinese Hot and Sour Soup

Clear up your sniffles with a burst of spiciness. For a bowl of Chinese hot and sour soup by Taste of Home, add bamboo shoots, shitake mushrooms, tofu and hot chili oil to your grocery list. This soup packs a punch, but you'll notice you'll be breathing easier after.

Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkins aren't just for decorating. Learn how to make your own pumpkin puree in this recipe for pumpkin soup from the Pioneer Woman. Pumpkins are rich in the nutrient beta carotene, which gives them their trademark orange color, and other vitamins that combat colds.

Kale and White Bean Soup

Have you heard the buzz about kale? It's a superfood chock full of vitamins and nutrients – and it's low in calories but high in fiber. To make the most of this leafy green vegetable, try it in this simple kale and white bean soup recipe by Epicurious.

Classic Chicken Soup

The Southern food queen Paula Deen offers up a traditional recipe for chicken soup. The recipe will guide you through creating your own chicken stock using a cut-up fryer chicken. If you're looking for that quintessential recipe for chicken soup, this is it!


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