Feeling Sick? Here Are Easy Soup Recipes To Make You Feel Better

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It's not fun to cook if you're feeling sick. We have all suffered bouts of feeling sick at one time or another and yet, we sometimes need to still work, cook, and do things around the house despite this. To help you feel a little better, some hot soup, specifically chicken soup can help you feel better.

If you're feeling less than your best, here are simple yet comforting soups to make at home, plus suggestions on what you can swap if the ingredients aren't in your kitchen right now:

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1 Malunggay and Corn Soup Recipe

Classic and super simple with only 4 ingredients, this soup is a nostalgic one. It's super easy to make, plus can be made with canned corn if fresh isn't available. If it is available, you have your choice of sweet Japanese corn, white corn, or even the purple corn that once made waves with its kernels of different purple hues.

Stir in some beaten eggs, and you've got a heartier soup to enjoy. Serve with crackers on the side!

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2 Chicken Sopas Recipe

Chicken sopas is our version of the chicken noodle soup from the West. It's just as hearty and comforting. The big change is instead of noodles, we use elbow macaroni and we add evaporated milk to make it milky.

No chicken? You can still make this using Vienna sausages, corned beef, mushrooms, or even some ground beef which cooks fast and doesn't need to be tenderized. 

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3 Chicken Molo Soup Recipe

This holiday recipe doesn't need to be tied to a season! The wrapping of the molo dumplings can be swapped with premade siomai or other Chinese-style dumplings. You can even use hotpot ingredients such as chicken and squid balls if that's what you have in your freezer. Don't forget the crispy fried garlic chips on top!

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4 Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

There are many ways to make chicken noodle soup but there is one thing they all share: each bowl is satisfyingly filling. It's loaded with shredded chicken, noodles, bits of tender vegetables, and best of all, a perfectly seasoned soup flavored with the essence of chicken to make you feel better with every sip.

Serve with a slice of lemon or limes on the side to give this soup a delightfully tangy citrus taste that complements the flavors of the dish. You can also try stirring in coconut milk!  

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5 Oriental-Style Soup Recipe

Another super simple recipe that evokes childhood memories, this soup is also known as Nido soup for the island location where the endangered birds' nests are taken. These nests were the original ingredient in the dish, but can be swapped with sotanghon instead. The sotanghon noodles deliver a similar texture as the nests do but without endangering the animals.


6 Veggie-Bean Soup Recipe

You don't need meat to make a soup hearty and satisfying. You can sip the meat and even the fresh vegetables if you're not up for chopping up ingredients. Instead, load up on ingredients already cooked and ready to be added to your simmering pot such as frozen and canned vegetables, canned cooked beans, stock cubes, and a dash of dried herbs to make the soup taste interesting and unique.

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7 Creamy Tomato Soup Recipe

A creamy soup can be fast and easy, even without a blender or food processor to help you out. The key is to simmer all your ingredients so that each is easily mashed with a fork. You can easily cook canned tomatoes until super soft. Just stir in some heavy cream, some herbs, or even a pinch of red pepper flakes to give it some heat to make this worthy of a grilled cheese sandwich.

You can even skip the cream and keep it refreshingly tangy.

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8 Garlic Gazpacho Recipe

Did you know that a soup doesn't need to be cooked at all? In fact, the blender does all the work for you, including ensuring that the fresh garlic you add is pulverized to meld well with the fresh ingredients. A splash of red wine vinegar gives it tang that you will find delightfully delicious! What's great about this recipe is that you can make it slightly chunky or super smooth that you don't have to think about chewing anything!

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9 Misua with Sardines Recipe

Sardines have a bad rap but if you discover a brand that you actually like, this recipe will be super delicious to make! This recipe proves that you can use sardines in soups and make one that is delicious and filling without using tricks to mask any of the flavors.

You can also still make this dish using meatballs, shredded chicken, and other vegetables.  

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