Immune Boosting Soup Recipes for Winter

Protecting our body from foreign or harmful substances is one of the functions of the immune system. Winter’s cooler temperatures and shorter days can lead to an increase in cold and flu viruses. We need to take more care of our immune systems during these seasons. Simple preventative measures can help us boost our immunity and stay healthy, even in the coldest months.

Exercising is essential. Exercise boosts the immune system. We also need to eat healthy foods. Good nutrition is vital for maintaining a healthy immune system. We also need vitamins in colder seasons. Certain foods may strengthen our immune system if we eat them regularly.

You may want to watch this video showing how to make four immunity-boosting soups on the YouTube Channel of Flavourful Food.

Without further ado, here are the five best soups for the cold.

Turmeric vegan soup with vegetables on a wooden table.

Turmeric Vegan Soup

This immune-boosting vegan soup is the best soup for the cold. The mixture is packed with multivitamins and antioxidants. Turmeric has multiple health benefits and is excellent for boosting our immunity system in winter. Vitamin A in zucchini and vitamin C in broccoli help our immune system function at its best during cold weather.

To make this immune-boosting vegan soup, you need:

 

4 cups vegetable broth

One medium zucchini

One large broccoli crown

1/2 red bell pepper

1/3 cup white rice

Three large carrots

1 cup full-fat coconut milk

One nub ginger,

One teaspoon ground turmeric

2 Tablespoons lime juice

2 Tablespoons coconut aminos

Sea salt, to taste

 

  • Feel free to add your favourite vegetables, like celery, sweet potatoes, and cauliflower. It is also fine to add garlic and chopped onions.
  • You can use gluten-free soy sauce instead of coconut aminos.

Instructions:

  1. Chop broccoli, pepper, and carrots. Squash the zucchini to get the most health benefits, don’t peel it.
  2. Stir in the turmeric, ginger, and vegetable broth to the pot and bring it to a boil for a more flavorful broth. Pour the remaining ingredients into the pot and cook for another 20 minutes at a gentle boil before adding the remaining ingredients.

 

Homemade chicken soup in a turquoise bowl with an antique soup spoon on a wooden table.

Chicken Soup

Chicken broth provides heat and hydration to the body as well as nutrients. In addition to being rich in vitamins and minerals, chicken broth is also helpful to treat illnesses such as the common cold and the flu. That’s why chicken soup is considered the best soup for colds. Plus, super healthy ingredients such as ginger, turmeric, parsley and garlic make this soup the ultimate immune-boosting dish.

To make this immune-boosting chicken soup, you need:

Two large carrots

One small yellow onion

1 Tablespoon avocado oil

Three celery stalks

Three cloves garlic

One small head of kale

One large parsnip

450 g boneless, skinless chicken breasts

One teaspoon ground turmeric

Two teaspoons dried parsley

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

Three cups chicken bone broth

2/3 cup full-fat canned coconut milk

Sea salt, to taste

 

  • You can add your favourite vegetables, like celery, sweet potatoes, and cauliflower.
  • Use bone broth for maximum nutrients or even vegetable broth.

Instructions:

  1. Over medium heat, warm the avocado oil in a large stockpot. Once the avocado oil is hot, add the onions. Stir for 5 to 8 minutes until they are soft.
  2. Add the parsnips, chopped carrots, celery, and garlic to the pot. Stir for about 5 minutes until vegetables are softened but still al dente (firm enough).
  3. Chop the chicken and cook it just long enough to brown the meat, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Stir in the remaining ingredients and cover. Keep the mixture at a gentle simmer, stirring periodically, for up to one hour.

 

One Bowl of Mushroom soup

Mushroom Soup for Weakness

This mushroom soup is another best soup for cold. The main ingredient is mushroom which contains antioxidants that help eliminate free radicals. It is also a good source of Vitamin D. Coconut oil is excellent for fighting bacterial and viral infections.

In addition to the garlic and turmeric health benefits that boost our immune system, the iron in kale is essential to our body working at its highest potential. Along with many vitamins and antioxidants, this soup is a tasty one.

To make this immune-boosting mushroom soup, you need:

5 to 6 garlic cloves

One large yellow onion

1/4 tsp black pepper

Two celery stalks

1 Tablespoon coconut oil

450 g shiitake mushrooms

One teaspoon turmeric

1/2 head kale

4 heads of baby bok choy

12 cups of water

Sea salt, to taste

 

  • You can add one tablespoon of freshly grated ginger.

 

Instructions:

  1. Remove the lower bottom of the stem from the mushrooms. Slice tops and stems, if necessary, into large pieces after separating stems and tops.
  2. Heat coconut oil over medium heat. Add onions and fry for 4 to 6 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for up to 1 minute.
  3. Stir in celery and mushrooms and cook for about 10 minutes until mushrooms wilt. Add spices and water, then bring to a boil.
  4. Put the cover on and let the soup cook for one hour or more.
  5. During the last 10 minutes of cooking, add the bok choy and kale.

Bowl of tasty cream ketogenic soup on colour background

Ketogenic Soup

This soup is loaded with vitamins A, C and E, antioxidants, and immune-boosting ingredients like garlic and ginger. Another ingredient that makes this dish the best soup for cold is spinach. The leafy green isn’t just high in vitamin C. It’s also high in antioxidants and beta-carotene, which can boost the power of our immune systems to fight infection. This soup isn’t just ketogenic and healthy; it’s delicious too.

To make this immune-boosting ketogenic soup, you need:

2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil

450 g broccoli

250 g spinach

Two cloves of garlic

250 g kale

Three celery stalks

2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger

3 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock

400 ml full-fat coconut milk

One teaspoon ground turmeric

6 tablespoons Greek yogurt

1 cup of chopped parsley

6 tablespoons toasted hemp seeds or pumpkin seeds

Sea salt and ground pepper, to taste

 

  • Use fresh or frozen vegetables to make this soup.
  • Instead of Greek yogurt, you can use coconut yogurt.

 

Instructions:

  1. Chop the kale and remove the thorny stems. Chop the celery finely and dice the garlic. Cook celery in coconut oil over medium-high heat until soft.
  2. Add the grated ginger and cook for another minute or two. Then put the kale, spinach, and broccoli florets into the pot and add the coconut milk, the stock and the parsley.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes until the broccoli is softened.
  4. Use a high-speed blender blitz until the mixture is smooth and green.
  5. You can serve this soup with a tablespoon of yogurt or coconut yogurt for each bowl. Top with a tablespoon of hemp seeds or pumpkin seeds.

 

Gluten-free soup with chicken and carrots served on a plate with a spoon on a table.

Gluten-Free Soup

This mixture is the best soup for colds because it is packed with vitamins and antioxidants. Along with the immune-boosting features of chicken, coconut oil, carrots and garlic, it has thyme. Thyme helps boost our immunity by reducing the possibility of infections, clearing toxins from our respiratory system, and fighting infections that slow us down.

To make this immune-boosting gluten-free soup, you need:

2 tablespoons coconut oil

Two chicken breasts

Six cloves of garlic

Three large carrots

Two large leeks

Two bay leaves

Three celery sticks

Two teaspoons fresh thyme

Two teaspoons fresh rosemary

1 cup vermouth

6 cups organic chicken stock

2-3 large yellow potatoes

4 cups winter greens such as swiss chard and kale

Two tablespoons gluten-free all-purpose flour

1/4 cup Italian parsley

  • You can use white wine instead of vermouth.

Instructions:

  1. Heat coconut oil in a large pot. Salt and pepper the chicken and add to the pot. Turn chicken when each side is easily removed from the bottom of the pot after searing on all sides until golden brown. Set chicken aside and lower heat to medium.
  2. Sauté sliced leeks, chopped carrots, and celery until soft, about 4-5 minutes, in the same pot used to cook chicken. Stir for another 30 seconds with half of the thinly sliced garlic and half of the minced herbs. Add the flour and stir for one more minute.
  3. Stir in the vermouth and, using a wooden spoon, scrape up any tasty browned bits on the bottom of the pot. Let the vermouth reduce a little, then add the chicken stock.
  4. Put the chicken back in the pot. Add the diced potatoes—cover and cook for about 20 minutes.
  5. Discard the bay leaves from the pot. Remove the chicken, and chop or shred. Stir the remaining garlic, parsley, greens, and chicken meat into the and cook for about 5 minutes.

 

Final Words

To stay healthy during cold seasons, we need a solid immune system. Eating healthy is a great way to improve our immune system as we age. Regular exercise can also boost our immune system. We can have a healthier immune system and prevent diseases by taking these measures.

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Aurora
Aurora
3 months ago

Seriously, LEARN how to make whatever kind of soups you enjoy, and DO IT YOURSELF! Skip the canned stuff. The manufacturers cut way too many corners with it. It’s garbage water! They have to use weird additives in it that homemade soup doesn’t need or contain; why? Because they hope to find ways to improve the flavour! Canned soup isn’t worth the money. You can easily learn a recipe, find a family member that’s a good cook or go to YouTube and just follow the instructions. You can do this; you’ll enjoy it so much more. I promise!

Emma
Emma
Reply to  Aurora
3 months ago

I totally get that…
Fresh, home cooked soup is truly the best, It fills the entire house with good smells and it’s cheap.
My soup of the week is carrot and ginger. Super simple, super healthy, and super tasty.
However, please take into consideration those of us that are single parents with 3 kids working demanding jobs all week…I don’t always have that kind of time or energy, I mean I wish I did, but once in while, it happens!
Can anyone here recommend me a healthy CAN or PREPACKED SOUP?

Alexa
Alexa
Reply to  Emma
3 months ago

Pre-packed is not a proper substitution, but I think Knorr is the best one among pre-packed ones.

Ethan
Ethan
Reply to  Emma
2 months ago

I get what you mean, Emma. After a busy and exhausting day, it’s hard to convince yourself to get into the kitchen and start cooking a meal from scratch. However, there are some ways that can help you manage your time—like cooking tomorrow’s meal at night. But for those days when you just want to chill and don’t have the energy to cook, I would recommend the Canadian brand Mitchell’s Soup. Instead of providing you with cooked, canned soup, they have “mixes” that include all the ingredients needed for any kind of soup that you’d want. You just need to mix and cook them yourself.
 

Hazel
Hazel
3 months ago

Have you ever added broccoli to a chicken soup? Does it taste good?

Harris
Harris
Reply to  Hazel
6 days ago

Broccoli is an excellent ingredient for soup. It is tasteless in the soup, but its texture is great. If you have a sensitive olfactory system, you can add spices like turmeric or a bit of cinnamon to cover the broccoli smell. 

Oliver
Oliver
2 months ago

Back when I was 15, my grandma used to make this soup that had chicken legs popping out of your bowl. To me, the thought of (and the sight of others) eating that was gross enough to give up on soups altogether. However, after trying my mother’s milk soup, I’ve become obsessed with soups. To anyone who wants to give soups a second chance, I would recommend the eastern European milk soup. Don’t forget to add mushrooms as well! You will not regret it.

Jonathan
Jonathan
2 months ago

Last year, I started getting into the habit of trying out different soup recipes. Now, I just can’t stop having soups with every meal. Even with breakfast! After I’m done with my main course, I have to have a bowl of Nunavut, Newfoundland, or Nova Scotia. I need to know if my obsession with soups is normal or if having 2 or 3 bowls of soup every day is not good for the body?

Sophia
Sophia
2 months ago

I don’t know why but I can’t get myself to have soup as a main dish. I’ve tried different kinds and recipes, but I’ve realized it’s not about the taste. It’s about the fact that soups aren’t solid. They feel more like a warm drink than an actual meal. There is this part of my brain that associates meals with chewable, solid food. Another thing (which might sound like a stretch to some people) is that having your soup when it has the right temperature is nearly impossible. It’s either too hot, and you can’t fully taste everything, or too cold (room temperature), and it doesn’t taste fresh.

Amelia
Amelia
2 months ago

Thank you for this article. I’ve been dealing with a cold for a week, and it isn’t going away. I think I will try the gluten-free soup recipe. I’m not a big fan of soups, but since my taste buds are off at the moment, I probably won’t be able to sense the taste. I hope it helps my body deal with the illness a bit faster, or at least ease the symptoms. The past few days have been rough.

Natalie
Natalie
1 month ago

When I was severely sick with flu, one of my grandchildren made a turnip soup for me with some turnip that I can say brought me back to life. She made it with a good amount of turnip, chicken juice, and some herbs such as parsley and some grated carrots. You may think it wouldn’t be tasty, but at that moment, it was magic.

Hall
Hall
6 days ago

Most soup recipes contain turmeric powder. I know it is a wonderful, health-promoting ingredient, but I have an allergic reaction. Can I eliminate it or replace it with another component?