Simple Winter soups for cold & flu relief

Simple Winter soups for cold & flu relief

Winter is a time for feeling toasty warm. Curled up indoors with a big mug of something hot and delicious. It makes the thought of cold temperatures and constant rain seem not so bad. But there are downsides of course, like if you’re one of the many victims of the cold and flu season. As well as a soothing cup of Lemsip, try one of these tasty Winter soup recipes to provide sore throat relief and cosy comfort when you’re feeling a little bleak. The best part? They’re simple to prepare and can give your body a much needed nutritional boost.

Classic Chicken Soup


  • 2 pieces skinless, boneless chicken breast
  • 2 onions, 1 halved and 1 chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 carrots, chopped or thinly sliced
  • 4 small ribs celery, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 150g wide egg noodles
  • 4 spring onions, thinly sliced on an angle
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped
  • Grated peel of 1 lemon



In a large saucepan, combine the chicken, halved onion, garlic, bay leaf and enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer gently until the chicken is cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes.


While the chicken is cooking, in a soup pot heat the olive oil. Add the chopped onion, carrots and celery; add the sugar and season with salt and pepper. Cover the pot and cook until the vegetables are softened, about 8 minutes.


Add the chicken stock and 2 cups water to the pot and bring to a boil. Shred the poached chicken into pieces and add to the soup. Stir in the egg noodles and cook until al dente, for about 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and stir in the spring onions, parsley, dill and lemon peel. Season with salt and pepper. And serve! Sore throat relief never tasted so delicious. Apart from Lemsip, of course!