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EST. 2011 BY LIZ RUEVEN
20 Chicken Soup Recipes to Warm the Soul (Vegetarian,Too)

20 Chicken Soup Recipes to Warm the Soul (Vegetarian,Too)

Whether the inevitable winter sniffles have your sinuses stuffier than spring hayfever or you’re just in need of a warming, nutritious fix, a bowl of piping hot chicken soup is just what the doctor ordered. And the New Year calls for a new recipe, don’t ya think?

That’s why we combed our favorite recipe and bloggers’ sites to share 20 variations on chicken soup (including a few vegetarian versions) we’re hankering to try.

 

Classic Jewish Penicillin

 

Photo: Liz Rueven
Photo: Liz Rueven

What better way to kick off the list than a throwback to Liz’s classic Homemade Chicken Soup? She loads it with seasonal veggies and fresh dill and tosses in thin noodles for a classic comforting, healing soup. This is the one that’ll draw you to the table yearning for a hug from your Bubbie.

Want to eliminate that messy straining at the end of your simmer? Liz shares a great tip in her recipe.

If you’re craving traditional matzo balls be sure to check out Ronnie Fein’s guide to matzo balls. She breaks down the differences in flavors/ textures and shares her recipe for “medium, slightly-firm, soup soaked delicious matzo balls.” Ya. We’re in!

 

Lots-o’ matzo

 

Photo: Amy Kritzer, What Jew Wanna Eat
Photo: Amy Kritzer, What Jew Wanna Eat

Jewish matzo ball meets Chinese egg drop in this tasty chicken soup by Amy of What Jew Wanna Eat.

 Sandy Leibowitz over at the Kosher Tomato suggests stuffing your matzo balls with caramelized onions to make them extra tasty and super fluffy before plopping them in your chicken stock.

 

Cream it up – but hold the cream

 

Photo: Chanie Apfelbaum, Busy in Brooklyn
Photo: Chanie Apfelbaum, Busy in Brooklyn

Bread lovers, this one’s for you! Chanie of Busy in Brooklyn serves her coconut milk based chicken soup in freshly made bread bowls for a hearty, chicken potpie-like dish.

 

Filled with fresh herbs and seasonal veggies, this Israeli-inspired, dairy-free cream of chicken soup from This American Bite is the perfect addition to your Shabbat table this winter (and beyond!).

 

South-of-the-border-inspired 

 

Photo: Sandy Leibowitz, The Kosher Tomato
Photo: Sandy Leibowitz, The Kosher Tomato

Zest it up with Kosher Tomato’s Southwestern chicken tortilla soup, full of warming spices like oregano, cumin, chili powder, and garlic powder, and spiked with fresh lime juice and cilantro.

Cuban and Jewish cuisine collide in this wholesome “Jewban Penicillin” chicken soup from Jennifer Stempel on the Nosher.

The combo of mint and cilantro in this Mexican sopa de pollo recipe from Orangette gives an added depth and uplifting taste. Buen Provecho!

 

Schmaltz-free and Vegetarian

 

Photo: Vicki and Ruth, May I Have That Recipe
Photo: Vicki and Ruth, May I Have That Recipe

Vegetarians out there can still enjoy the comfort of homemade soup with this vegan Thai style soup from May I Have That Recipe? Vicki and Ruth incorporate Thai ingredients like sesame oil and ginger and finish with tofu for some protein.

 

Swap chicken for chickpeas in Nava Atlasvegan “chick-un” noodle soup and enjoy this veg-version of the soothing classic.

 

Try changing out the noodles from the previous recipe and throw in some of Molly Yeh’s “never fail” dumplings (keep in mind these are made with butter so get your veg broth simmering).

 

Asian-Inspired

 

Photo: Melinda Strauss, Kitchen Tested
Photo: Melinda Strauss, Kitchen Tested

Enjoy a soft-boiled egg atop this miso chicken ramen from Kitchen Tested. Watch creamy richness infuse this broth when you break the yolk.

 

The Blue Apron dished out a traditional Northern Thailand Khao Soi recipe, which calls for crispy wonton noodles, coconut curry broth and ginger.

 

Joy of Kosher claims this dairy-free Thai Chicken Coconut Soup is “so good you’ll think you’re in a restaurant.”

 

Other International Gems

 

Photo: Maureen Abood; Rose Water and Orange Blossoms
Photo: Maureen Abood; Rose Water and Orange Blossoms

Mauren Abood of Rose Water & Orange Blossoms has a tantalizing, simple Lebanese soup flavored with fragrant cinnamon and made with short pieces of vermicelli.

 

Chew Out Loud offers a mouthwatering garbanzo-couscous-veggie combo to create an easy Moroccan chicken stew that is super easy to make.

 

Avgolemono is a traditional Greek lemon-egg soup made with just a handful of ingredients. The eggs create a thicker, cream-like consistency while the lemon adds a pleasant zest. Check out Savuer’s simple recipe here.

 

Super soups with super foods

 

Give your immune system a boost this winter with Anh’s superfood-filled recipe, which includes amaranth, quinoa, and the healing aromatics of ginger and cinnamon. Heads up, kosher-keepers: this recipe calls for fish sauce, so be sure to check out the Kitchn’s vegan version here if you can’t find one in the store.

 

Add a super protein punch to your chicken soup with Bob’s Red Mills Middle Eastern chicken soup with freekeh recipe.

 

Kabocha squash and bok choy float beautifully in this spicy (from the jalapeño kick), feel-good chicken soup from Bon Appétit.

 

Photo: Lynda Balslev; TasteFood
Photo: Lynda Balslev; TasteFood

Swap the noodles for farro in this recipe from Taste Food. Carrots and fresh parsley brighten it up while the farro offers a nutritional punch and great texture.

 

Which ingredients make your chicken soup special? Have tips or secrets to share?  We want to know!

 

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