Sick Day Soup Recipe

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Sick day soup is exactly what it says it is. A great soup to have on hand when you’re feeling less than your best.

Feeling under the weather?

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Getting Good Nutrients

With everything going on in the world right now, feel-better food is in high demand. It never hurts to have some good soup, or at the very least, some good broth, stocked in your freezer.

Nobody wants to cook when they don’t feel good. But if you make some ahead of time to keep in the freezer, you’re far more likely to eat something that will actually benefit your body and give your immune system a nice, nutritional boost when it’s feeling at its worst.

Can You Freeze Sick Day Soup?

You can! Just be aware that you want to freeze the soup separately from the grains or pasta. While they will certainly freeze, it’s been my experience that this freezes better when the two are separated. Grains and pasta can become mushy if frozen in soup.

Plus, it never hurts to have a good broth in the freezer for multiple reasons. And if you need to, simply freeze in single portion sizes so you can just add some grains or pasta, one serving at a time. Souper Cubes are fantastic for freezing in portions! I use them all the time. You can find them on Amazon at the ad below. (Not paid to promote them. Just sharing what I use in my own kitchen).

What To Serve On A Sick Day

If you want something to serve with this soup, the most logical answer is, of course, toast. But to get the most vitamins and minerals out of your diet, you’ll want to eat a variety of foods rich in high-quality nutrients.

So here are some other ideas as well to generally round out your day nutritionally. You can serve them with the soup if you like, or serve them separately. This is simply a list of foods that always helps me feel better when I’m down for the count. Some are just comfort foods, but most are usually good options when you feel yucky.

  • orange juice
  • ginger ale
  • a teaspoon of honey
  • grapefruits
  • any citrus fruits will help thanks to the vitamin C.
  • ginger tea
  • turmeric
  • plain yogurt – this is good when you are sick but not congested. Dairy products make congestion worse. But plain yogurt is great for the gut because it’s full of probiotics. So only eat yogurt if you aren’t congested.
  • hot water with lemons or limes
  • broccoli – it’s a superfood for a reason!
  • crackers or pretzels – not the highest nutrient foods, but they really well with soup without making an upset stomach worse. (In most cases)
  • coconut water – great for keeping you hydrated!
  • bland foods are typically better than spiced foods. You won’t need a ton of flavor in your food anyway if you are congested and can’t taste much.
  • sweet potatoes – they are easy to bake or microwave and have a ton of good nutrients. Plus they tend to gentle on your tummy.
  • cereals – as long as they aren’t full of sugar, they tend to be easy to throw together and are usually pretty gentle on your tummy. Just remember, if you’re congested, you may want to use a non-dairy milk to avoid further congestion. Your nasal passages will thank you.
  • bananas
  • applesauce

Ingredient Checklist

8 cups chicken broth – no sugar added (usually as dextrose), low sodium is best.

1 tsp. celery seed

1 tsp. garlic powder – Garlic granules work great too.

4 large eggs

2 cups cooked quinoa – cooked pasta or rice work too.

How To Make Sick Day Soup

In a large soup pot, combine your broth, celery seed, and garlic powder. Bring to a boil.

Add your grain or pasta.

When everything is warmed through, turn the heat off, whisk in your eggs quickly and remove the pot from the heat.

Allow to cool and serve.

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Sick Day Soup

Comforting soup that's excellent when you are sick.
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: American, German
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 89kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry


  • 8 cups chicken broth (no sugar added, low sodium is best)
  • 1 tsp. celery seed
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (cooked pasta or rice work too)


  • In a large soup pot, combine your broth, celery seed and garlic powder. Bring to a boil.
  • Add your grain or pasta.
  • When everything is warmed through, turn the heat off, whisk in your eggs quickly and remove the pot from the heat.
  • Allow to cool and serve.


Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 89kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 723mg | Potassium: 251mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 122IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg

Recipe from the ®Gracious Pantry archives, originally posted 11/23/10.

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  1. Hi Tiffany. Your website inspires me. I’m just getting started in clean eating and have a lot to learn. Thank you for sharing.

    One question: when you use quinoa, do you add it in Step 2 as already cooked or uncooked?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Heather – Thanks!

      Quinoa cooks pretty quickly, so you could definitely get away with adding it uncooked. But either way will work.

  2. trude wofford says:

    I always called my kids “sicky babys” when they were not feeling well, and I would always make a pot of chicken soup! never tried the egg thing but hey- why not!!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Trude – Eggs are great when you’re sick! Give it a try!

  3. How do you keep the eggs from scrambling in the soup? Or are they sort of supposed to?

    1. Jyme – They are supposed to, more or less. If you are worried about it, you can whisk them with a fork in a bowl and then pour them into the soup. Stir very gently and you’ll get pieces that are a bit larger.

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