When you’re sick, what’s one of the first foods that comes to mind? It’s usually a nice, warm, broth soup. When one of us is sick or I have a house full of sickies, I like to make a big pot of nourishing and germ fighting soup. Not only is soup a great way to keep hydrated and warm, but with a few added herbs it can actually help to fight bacteria and viruses, clear congestion, soothe a sore throat and more.
In this case, there isn’t a specific recipe. It’s more about what you have in your pantry. You can even use a recipe you already love and add a few new herbs or more of some you currently use. Of course you will need a base – a good bone broth or vegetable broth is a great place to start. Then it’s time to add bulk. The only ingredients that are non-negotiable are onions and garlic (and even those could be negotiable). I usually sauté them and often add carrots and celery to the frying pan. You can add pasta, peas, potatoes, mushrooms – really the options are limitless. I also add LOTS of aromatic herbs. The herbs change from time to time depending on what I have on hand and what symptoms the family has. You probably have some fantastic ones like oregano, sage, thyme, rosemary, cayenne, basil, ginger, marjoram and parsley.
What are some of your favorite soups when there are sick ones at home? Do you plan to add any of these wonderful herbs to your next batch? I’d love to hear all about your aromatic soup creations!