Soup is a winter staple, and we still wonder if it's because we get sore throats during the winter, or just because that warm and cozy feeling you get after drinking soup is so precious.
Whatever the reason, soup has always been a winter favorite. Winter can be a wonderful time of year, especially with all the delicious, warm food to enjoy. But some people fear winter because they are very susceptible to colds and sore throats when it is cold.
Hmm, I'm wondering what could cure an itchy sore throat that no one can stand, maybe some delicious hot soup.
How can you cure your winter sicknesses?
The thing about a sore throat is you have to go through this horrible time in your own business because people don't want to get infected. And as much fun as the company itself can be, it can also get boring very quickly.
How about putting two and two together and finding something that will help your throat and keep you busy all the time? I think you got it right, here are some delicious soup recipes that will tickle your taste buds and cure your sore throat.
chicken corn soup
This is a traditional soup that's so easy to make and even easier to drink because it's delicious. My favorite thing about chicken corn soup is that it's super light and the flavors are subtle. This is definitely my favorite soup recipe for a sore throat.
All you have to do for this easy soup is to prepare your chicken broth and season very lightly, adding vinegar for some acidity. After the broth is flavored well, add your shredded chicken, some cabbage and carrots for color and flavor and simmer.
When everything is nice and smooth, add your corn puree and some beaten eggs to thicken the soup and add more flavor. This is a delicious concoction that will soothe your throat and soothe your taste buds.
chicken noodle soup
Another classic, this soup is so easy to make, it only takes seconds, okay, well, maybe not seconds, but you get the idea.
If you're one of those people who prefer more substance in your soup, then this soup is for you. The noodles enhance the soup by adding some texture and making the soup a complete meal.
The first few steps are more or less the same as with the corn soup, making the broth, adding the chicken, seasoning, etc. For classic noodle soup flavors, add some carrots, celery, maybe a little garlic to bring out those flavors.
That's your basic soup ready, all that's left is the delicious noodles, I prefer rice noodles but I think you could add egg noodles as well. Rice noodles really don't take that long to cook, so don't add them until everything else in the soup is perfectly smooth and cooked.
Garlic Spinach Soup
If you know anything about a sore throat, you know that garlic and ginger are the best remedies. They contain some sort of anti-toxin that fights bacteria and allergies, relieving you of that pesky cold so you can get on with your life again.
This delicious soup harnesses the healing abilities of ginger and garlic to help you recover. Spinach in the soup not only adds a ton of flavor, but it's also a superfood with so many nutrients that it will definitely help you regain your strength.
Simmer your chicken broth with some garlic and ginger to bring out the flavors in your soup. After that, add some zucchini as it takes the longest time to cook. You can cook this for about 10-15 minutes before adding your chicken.
I think it's always better to add pre-cooked chicken, it's cleaner and easier, you can shred some of the cooked chicken or dice the cooked chicken breast, your choice.
If you feel like adding other veggies it's entirely up to you, the more veggies the healthier your soup.
Add your spinach last because it cooks so quickly. After adding the spinach, cook for about 2 minutes, then remove the soup from the heat. It is now ready for you and your sore throat to swallow and enjoy.
hot and sour soup
This one has some zing and definitely packs a punch when it comes to flavor. The first step is the first; Prepare your broth, vegetables or chicken, whatever suits you. Now add some garlic for that nice flavor and then cook for the flavor to infuse with your broth.
Add your veggies, you could use cabbage it gives it a nice sweetness and mushrooms taste great in this soup too. To add some weight to your diet, you can also add rice. Rice tastes great in soups and adds a textural element that enhances your soup.
Squeeze some lime or lemon juice over your soup before drinking and you'll be addicted to this delicious soup with healing properties.
Ginger Lime Pho Soup
This one comes from Thailand and is a total knockout. I would suggest doing this as well after your sore throat has healed and you have a few guests over, this soup is guaranteed to knock your socks off.
This is a bit more technical because it has a few more steps than regular soups, but hey, it's worth it.
So to do this, we're not just adding the ginger to the broth, we're adding the broth to the ginger. This is what you are going to do, heat some oil and add chopped or minced ginger then add your broth.
This releases more ginger flavor and aroma, making your soup even richer. Then add diced carrots and onions, these two vegetables give the soup an earthy sweetness.
Once the veggies are done, it's time to add your spices. You'll need some curry powder for that traditional flavor, some salt and pepper of course, and a good amount of lime juice. The lime juice in the soups is delicious, just trust me.
If you prefer your soup stronger, you can always add some cayenne and chopped jalapenos, although this is probably not recommended if you have a sore throat.
Now give your soup some time on the stovetop to bring out all those flavors, then add stir-fried chicken in sesame oil and some rice noodles to seal the deal. Your soup is ready and it's going to be very good.
That's it guys, take care now. Remember that the sooner you start taking care of your sore throat, the faster it will heal. Good luck making all these soups and have fun!
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