Chicken soup ... it's good for the soul and the common cold alike.
But bowl after bowl can get a little dull if you stick with the plain old noodles + chicken + broth version.
Fortunately there are plenty of ways to get all the comforting goodness of this wintertime staple that pack a little extra pizazz so that you don't get bored with it.
Here are seven great recipes for chicken soup to make for someone who's sick ... or to have someone make for you when you're sick:
Spice things up and go Tex-Mex with your pollo. This recipe packs all the warming goodness of chicken broth with Mexican spices and vegetables. You'll be saying "Adios" to your symptoms in no time.
When you're in the mood for something other than noodles, rice adds a nice comforting heft to soup. This recipe is easy and comforting.
What could be more comforting than dumplings when you're under the weather? Just saying the word could perk you up almost as much as eating this delicious dish.
Creamy and decadent, this dish will be a staple all year long. Plus, you'll get the nutritional boost of broccoli, which has been shown to prevent everything from cancer to strokes.
Better than take out any day, the homemade version of this Chinese dish is delicious.
As if chicken noodle soup wasn't comforting enough, add in some potatoes for one of the most soothing foods ever.
Though Jewish in origin, everyone loves matzoh balls, which are incorporated into this traditional recipe.
What's your favorite way to make chicken soup?
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