Best Soups for a Cold

SHOO THE SNIFFLES AWAY WITH THESE SOUP-ER SOUPS THAT WILL MAKE YOU FEEL BETTER FAST

Blounts Family Kitchen Chicken Noodle Soup
Blount’s Family Kitchen Soups | Chicken Noodle Soup

Feel a cold coming on? Sick and tired of being sick? It’s time for a warm, comforting mug or bowl of soup. Soups are full of soup-er cold and flu fighting ingredients that will help you hydrate and boost your immune system. 

Soups packed with veggies, beans, and high-fiber whole grains offer healthy nutrients to fuel your immune system and get well soon. Soups with herbs and spices can help alleviate sinus pressure and congestion.

While soup alone won’t cure your cold, broth-based and veggie-rich soups will get you feeling better fast. Plus, when you have low energy, soups are easy to prepare. Like a warm hug on a cold day, soups are soup-er duper health heroes. Simply, sip and slurp your way to wellness with these best soups for a cold.

What Soup is Best for a Cold?

When it comes to which soups are best for curing colds, you have choices. Bone broths and broth-based soups like chicken noodle soup and ramen will keep you hydrated, plus, they’re packed with nutrients, relieve congestion, and taste delicious. Staying hydrated with liquids like water and soup is key to getting better quickly.

Veselka Borscht

Beautiful Borscht

The beets in borscht, a beautiful bright pink stew, are high in fiber and antioxidants, which will help you feel better faster. This Eastern European soup is often made with red cabbage, an anti-inflammatory that is high in Vitamin C.

Since opening in New York’s East Village in 1954, Veselka has become an institution in the Big Apple. Started by Ukrainian refugees Wolodymyr and Olha Darmochwal, Veselka makes traditional Ukrainian comfort food, including borscht, an iconic beet stew served with a dollop of sour cream.

Chicken & Rice Soup

Calming & Consoling Chicken & Rice

Chicken & Rice Soup is an easy way to fill up on fiber by the bowlful. Rice is a high-fiber whole grain, and fiber aids in digestion while keeping you full. 

The family-run Demos’ Family Restaurant in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, has been ladeling bowls of this soup, a savory mix of baked chicken, rice, lemon juice, and spices, for decades. Savor a taste of home one spoonful at a time and soon you will be cured of your cold.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Cheer-y Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken tortilla soup is low in calories but high in flavor. The amino acid cysteine, contained in the chicken in this powerful soup, loosens secretions, thinning out mucus and promoting coughing, which is needed to clear your nose and throat.

Todd Blount makes classic soups packed with care and love at Blount’s Family Kitchen Soups in Fall River, Massachusetts. His chicken tortilla soup is filled with juicy, tender chicken, roasted corn, diced tomatoes, Monterey Jack cheese, and jalapeño peppers that is thickened with tortilla chips.

Sables Chicken Noodle Soup

Comforting Chicken Noodle Soup

Your grandmother was always right. Classic chicken noodle soup is an oldie but a goodie when it comes to combating common colds. Chicken noodle soup helps relieve stuffy noses, reduce inflammation, and keep you hydrated. The soup’s onions and celery are antioxidants, garlic has antimicrobial properties, and the noodles have carbohydrates to give you energy.

Founded in 1956, Pastrami Queen, one of New York City’s most famous delis, makes soothing soups like its kosher chicken noodle soup made with whole chicken, onions, celery, garlic, and egg noodles.

Mushroom Barley Soup

Magical Mushroom Barley Soup

Like rice, barley is a high-fiber whole grain that will keep you full and satisfied. One of our favorite barley soups is mushroom barley soup.

New York City’s appetizing shop Russ & Daughters has been making appetizing dishes since 1914. The Lower East Side institution makes its mushroom barley soup from scratch. The hearty soup’s beef broth is brimming with mushroom, carrots, onion, celery, and barley.

Brent’s Deli Matzo Ball Soup

Marvelous Matzo Ball Soup

Matzo ball soup, a Jewish soup made with balls of unleavened bread, isn’t a soup just for seder. The steam from Matzo Ball Soup can help the upper respiratory system by unclogging a stuffy nose and soothing a congested throat.

Ron Peskin’s Jewish deli Brent’s Deli serves homemade matzo ball soup that is a comforting bowl of mmm…mmm…good chicken, egg noodles, and matzo balls.

Menya Jiro Vegan Hemp Miso Ramen

Merry Miso

Miso is a Japanese soup made from dashi (stock), miso paste, vegetables, seaweed, and tofu. The salt in miso helps reduce inflammation, and the vapors from miso soup’s steam make it easier to breathe when you have a cold.

Hailing from Kagoshima, Japan, Menya Jiro Ramen makes its signature ramen from pork tonkotsu and chicken broths. The umami-packed vegan hemp miso ramen is rich and creamy and accompanied with kimchi, seaweed, scallions, bean sprouts, hemp seeds, sweet corn, and garlic oil.

Phorage Chicken Pho

Perfect Pho

Don’t pho-get phở when you’re feeling blah. Phở (pronounced “fuh”) is a Vietnamese noodle soup with chicken or beef and a clear broth that is enhanced with anti-inflammatory spices that have healing properties like: 

  • Star anise 
  • Cardamom
  • Cloves
  • Ginger
  • Green onion 
  • Fish sauce

Los Angeles’ phở shop Phorage makes its warming phở with locally grown produce and slowly simmers its soups overnight. Phorage’s Chicken Phở has a slowly simmered broth filled with shredded free-range chicken, noodles, and phở fixin’s like cilantro, green onion, hoisin sauce, jalapeño, lime, and sriracha.

Ivan Ramen Tokyo Shio Ramen

Radiant Ramen

Ramen, an umami-packed Japanese soup, is packed with many nutrients your body needs to bounce back thanks to the herbs and vegetables often included in ramen. Plus, the noodles have the carbs you need to energize your body.

Ivan Orkin first opened Ivan Ramen in Tokyo and then New York. As opposed to the more common, ultra-rich tonkotsu ramen, Ivan’s Ramen is based on a blend of rich, clear chicken broth and golden dashi. Ivan Ramen’s signature Shio Ramen is a craft ramen made with a variety of fish products and a few twists, like using: 

  • rye in the noodles, 
  • sofrito in the tare,
  • and topping the soup with half a roasted tomato.
Lido Kosher Deli Vegtable Soup

Very Vegetable Soup

Veg out with vegetable soup. Vegetables are packed with vitamins, including germ-fighting, immunity-boosting vitamin A and vitamin C. Pick soups packed with produce (and nutrients!) to boost your immunity one bowl at a time.

In the 1980s, Wally Goetz took his grandfather’s recipes and opened Lido Kosher Deli in Long Beach, New York. The Jewish deli makes savory soothing kosher, dairy-free, and nut-free soups like their tomato-based vegetable soup with: 

  • string beans,
  • cabbage,
  • carrots, 
  • and onions that are good to the last drop.

Slurp up feel-good soups, stews, and chowders and pair them with hearty breads and fluffy biscuits for a complete meal. Can’t decide? Try our soup samplers — all shipping nationwide on Goldbelly! Shop the soup sale now and get well soon!

Lauren-Mack
Lauren Mack

Lauren Mack is a journalist who writes about all things food for Goldbelly. She is passionate about exploring the world one meal at a time. Her favorite things to Goldbelly include cakes, biscuit sandwiches, and ice cream.

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