I'm under the weather
Let's talk soup.
How’s it going over there? I, like many folks (according to trending data), tested positive for COVID-19 toward the end of last week. We’re all totally fine over here— I cannot overstate how thankful I am to have vaccines and boosters—but I’m definitely still on the mend and plan to take it extra easy for the next few days.
So today, in lieu of a kitchen tip that might require a bit more brain power than I’m capable of at the moment, I’ve rounded up a few of my very favorite soothing soup recipes for you. I know we’re barreling toward summer and soup may seem a bit out of season, but again, I also know that quite a few of us are under the weather at the moment, so let’s sooth ourselves with some broth-y goodness, shall we?
Not Your Mama’s J-Pen (Chicken Soup) My grandmother called me up last week to give me her chicken noodle soup recipe, referring to it as Jewish Penicillin (J-Pen) in the same breath she mentioned that her secret ingredient is a good ol’ bouillon cube. This soup is a cheeky, spicy take on a classic chicken soup that I’ve made in my home and clients homes to great success.
Butternut Squash Soup We had this simple butternut squash soup for dinner last night. I adapted the recipe slightly, adding about a quarter cup of red lentils to the broth at the same time as the squash to up the protein content a little. A can of white beans would also work great. I served it with some heavily buttered sourdough toast and it was perfect. It comes together especially easily if you grab yourself some pre-cut squash—a shortcut you can certainly allow yourself when not feeling super well.
Nikujaga (Japanese Meat and Potato Stew) I made a batch of this early last week when Q first started feeling under the weather. Served with some simple white rice, it’s extremely comforting, but feels a little less run-of-the-mill than a standard chicken soup.
Tomato Parmesan Soup Given the notable absence of cream, you will not believe how creamy this soup tastes. Note: this is a New York Times recipe and may fall behind a paywall if you don’t have a subscription. Try opening the recipe in a private browser, or googling “Ali Slagle Tomato-Parmesan Soup” and you’ll probably find a good dupe!
Mango Lassi Bonus! Mango Lassi is definitely not a soup, but for whatever reason, it’s a food I always crave when I’m sick. Maybe because it’s delicious, comes together extremely easily at home, and feels very soothing on a sore throat? Who knows, but I’m actually sipping on one for breakfast as I write this to ya!
Okay, if you’re also not feeling your best, hopefully this little roundup is helpful. And if you’re currently in tip-top shape, maybe tuck this e-missive in your back pocket for next time you or a family member is under the weather. Regardless, I hope you’re staying safe!
With love and a tip of my chef’s hat,
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