The Ultimate Feel Better Soup

Hey, you with the upset stomach and post-nasal drip, step away from the packet soup. Yeah I’m talking to you. This isn’t one of those pretty recipes, with lots of photo props and perfect lighting. This is the kind of recipe quickly photographed next to the bottle of Nin Jiom cough syrup I’ve been chugging back, then eaten in a half daze standing at the counter. It is, however, one of those recipes that works.

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I spent a good chunk of my weekend around my brother, who was out visiting while on the tail end of a really bad cold that’s going around. We went out for sushi and shared an order of negitoro and california rolls. I’m sure you can see where this is going. To accompany my pretty decent cough, chest pain, and case of the chills I had also wiped out on a dock while getting a photo. By some sheer fluke that I cannot replicate to figure out how the heck it happened, the shoelace hooks on my boots hooked each other and took me down like an AT-AT. Or this poor dude, in case you haven’t seen the video. He kept it together better than I did though. Props to him, because it’s not as easy as it looks. I can attest to that now.

It’s okay though, I protected my camera by clutching it to my chest while using my knees and non-camera-protecting elbow to brace the fall. I hurt so bad right now. Everything hurts. Docks are not pillows.

Even with the bruises subsiding, I hurt from being sick. My neck and jaw hurt from coughing. My eyeballs hurt. I didn’t even know that was a thing.

I had planned on making lasagna from scratch, with homemade noodles and everything. Needless to say though, I don’t really feel like kneading dough right now.

This soup looks like that popular style of packet soup, but that’s purely coincidental and if you’re expecting it to taste the same you’ll be disappointed. The miso hits those appetizing umami notes that the msg in the packet soup has, but the ginger gives this soup a more Asian flair. Every ingredient in my recipe is there for a reason though. Well except the noodles. Those are just there for something to chew. Actually I guess that counts as a reason.

Garlic may help fight colds and flu, and it’s appetite stimulating. Ditto for ginger. Ginger also calms upset stomachs. Turmeric has antibacterial, antiviral, and antimicrobial properties. Plus it makes the soup a nice cheery bright yellow.

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I’m sorry I’m skimming this section, but I need to crawl back into bed. Miso is loaded with beneficial microbes to replenish your struggling gut. The umami, or savoury, notes in miso are also great for stimulating appetite when you’re not feeling well. It’s also salty, which is both good for replenishing electrolytes and making the soup more appetizing. I’m so congested I could hardly taste anything, but once I started eating I had no trouble drinking back this soup.

I left vegetables out. I know they’re good for you and all, but they’re also hard to digest so they can be hard on an upset stomach. I don’t know about you, but when I’m not feeling well the last thing I want is vegetables. I add those in when I start to feel a little better. If you want them though, go ahead because they’re only going to help.

With cold and flu season in full swing, be sure to set a slow cooker of bone broth cooking right now so you’re all ready to make this soup. Just freeze the broth in 1.5 cup amounts so it’s ready whenever you need it. I mean hopefully you don’t need it, but it’s nice to be prepared. Or you could even make it just because.

The Ultimate Feel Better Soup

1.5 cups broth, preferable homemade bone broth
1.5 cups water
1 large clove garlic, minced
1 large round of ginger, minced (about 1 tbsp worth)
1/8 tsp turmeric powder
1 small handful of rice vermicelli, left long or broken up into bite sized pieces
1-2 tbsp miso paste

1. Add the chicken broth, water, ginger, garlic, and turmeric to a small pot and boil for 10 minutes.
2. Add the noodles and cook for an addition 2 minutes.
3. Remove from heat, add the miso paste, and mix well with a whisk. Eat and start to feel better!

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