Kick that cold with this soothing garlic soup [Recipe]


Kick that cold with this soothing garlic soup [Recipe]

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The common cold — that cursed bug going around plucking coworkers and friends one by one — is powerful enough to send you to bed to sleep, if you’re lucky, for hours. Although it doesn’t make your body feel battered the way flu does, the chest congestion, sore throat and stuffy nose alone is enough to make your feel miserable and even take away your appetite.


Feed a fever, starve a cold?

Regardless of whether you are able to let the cold run its course and stay in bed resting or have to resort to over-the-counter medicine to keep you going at work (not everyone can stay home, folks), it’s not a good idea to starve your cold. You have to keep your strength up.


First things first

A spoonful of raw honey every few hours will help soothe your throat if it’s sore. Of course, hot beverages and room-temperature water are essential as well to keep you hydrated — especially if you’re also dealing with icky tummy. Avoid dairy because it tends to congest you more.


And now, the soup

The last thing you want to do when you want to crawl into bed and sleep away the yuck is cook. But a hot bowl of soup will go a long way toward making you feel like you’re getting your strength back. Think of it as a bowl of antibiotics. And you know what? This recipe for garlic soup is surprisingly tasty, if we do say so ourselves.



  • 5 (or more) cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 3 tablespoons ginger
  • 3 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons turmeric
  • 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped (leave out if you hate cilantro)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley (dry parsley is fine)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup noodles (any type of pasta)



  1. Fill a pot with water about halfway and set on stove, medium flame. Add the crushed garlic, ginger, hot sauce, turmeric, cilantro and parsley. Stir and let it come to a boil.
  2. Crack an egg (protein!) into your soup and let that baby poach. Stir some more.
  3. After about 2 minutes, add the noodles. Lower the flame and keep stirring and checking.
  4. When the noodles are to your liking, remove from heat and serve. Have your soup as hot as you can stand it without burning your tongue and adding to your misery.
  5. And get better soon!