Soup for Colds, Step 2: The Process

Now add the cold-fighters. To this basic stock, you are now going to add one or more ingredients that we know will help you fight off colds.

Here’s the easy way: Choose your favorite flavors (or try something new), and dump them all in.

  • Onions and leeks — rough chop.
  • Carrots — rough chop, no need to peel
  • Garlic — Smash individual cloves, no need to peel or dice.
  • Peppercorns — crush.
  • Hot chili peppers — Rough chop; remove seeds and white membranes for mild, leave in for spicy.
  • Ginger — slice into rounds, smash, no need to peel. 
  • Rosemary or oregano — as is.

Simmer for about half an hour, occasionally pressing the vegetables with a spoon or potato masher; then strain out and discard the solids.

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