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Flu got you down? These comforting soups will heal your soul

Addie Broyles

Flu season is in full effect ’round these parts, and that means plenty of you are craving some good ol’ fashioned comfort food.

Want to make a better chicken soup? Start with a whole chicken, use plenty of aromatics and only bring the soup to a simmer — not a boil — when cooking. Photo by Addie Broyles.

Chicken noodle soup is at the top of my list of foods to eat when I’m sick, and last year, I learned the very best way to make the stock: Roast the bones first.

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When you’re sick, the last thing you feel like doing is cooking, so this is where your non-sick friends come in. A big pot of soup can be divided up into old salsa/tomato sauce jars and then distributed to anyone who might need a little bit o’ love.

Click here to find recipes for lentil soup, chicken wild rice soup, clam chowder, chicken tortilla and French onion soups. We’ve also recently published recipes for my family’s favorite homemade chicken noodle soup and roasted pumpkin and poblano soup, a spicy, creamy soup that would really help kick anything you’ve got.

Want soup tips from a soup professional? Way back in 2010, I interview my friend David Ansel, aka the “Soup Peddler,” about his best tips for making better soups.

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