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It was not too long ago that chef and author Alison Roman quite nearly broke the internet with “The Cookies”—think chunky chocolate chip cookies married with a buttery shortbread, encrusted with a crunchy, sugared rim. This winter, Roman’s back with a similar, albeit decidedly healthier influence with “The Stew,” her chickpea-based soup that has managed to rack up a serious following.

Comprised of a spiced combination of crispy chickpeas, turmeric, ginger, and coconut milk, the stew is an antioxidant- and superfood-rich blend that can ward off even the most stubborn of colds. With that in mind, we set out to uncover the recipes that incorporate the powerful, immune-boosting ingredients we so desperately need this season. From spiced coconut concoctions to elevated takes on classic chicken noodle soup, these are the mouthwatering recipes we’ll be whipping up all season long.

Carrots and Coconut

This dynamic duo makes for a heart-healthy pairing that often results in a rich, creamy, and naturally sweet product.

Photography by Alex Lau for Bon Appetit

Spiced Coconut Carrot Soup

Bon Appetit’s coconut carrot soup is all about amping up the classic veggie with a bold mix of spices (curry, ginger, and red pepper flakes, to name a few) with a generous dose of garlic and coconut milk for a creamy touch.

Photography by Jim Wilson for The New York Times

Curried Carrot and Coconut Soup Recipe

Cumin, turmeric, and grated ginger make for a powerful trio in Mark Bittman’s take on the hearty soup, further elevated with fresh hints of lime and cilantro.

Courtesy of Pinch of Yum

Spicy Instant Pot Carrot Soup

This seven-ingredient, Instant Pot–friendly soup from Pinch of Yum is the soup to make on busy weeknights. Peanut butter and carrots (a truly delicious pairing, trust us) transform this coconut milk–based recipe.


Garlic may be fragrant and, at times, overpowering but paired with a creamy broth or a cheesy-vegetable roast and it’ll instantly become your go-to dose for an immune-boosting fix.

Courtesy of Brooklyn Supper

Roasted Garlic Soup

Simplicity is at the core of this no-frills soup where the star ingredient is paired with shallots, potatoes, and an invigorating mix of herbs and spices.

Courtesy of Closet Cooking

Asiago Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Soup

Treat yourself to this cheesy blend from Closet Cooking that’s brimming with a flavorful combination of roasted garlic and cauliflower plus a crunchy quino- and–sesame seed garnish.

Courtesy of Two Red Bowls

Potato Garlic Leek Soup

Two Red Bowls’ elevated take on potato soup features roasted garlic, fresh pancetta, and a delicate creme fraiche that truly takes things to the next level.


The health benefits of ginger are bountiful. Consumed in a variety of forms, its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties have earmarked it as a culinary staple.

Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest

Ginger Peanut Chicken Noodle Soup

Leave it to Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest to reinvent this classic with her unique touch. Fragrant notes of ginger and a delectable hint of a honey-fish sauce give this rendition of chicken noodle soup serious edge.

Courtesy of What to Make Today

Seafood Soup

Whoever said an immune-boosting broth had to be plain and boring clearly never tried this ginger-garlic broth loaded with succulent lobster tails, seasoned shrimp, and oysters.

Courtesy of Fork Knife Swoon

Ginger Miso Soba Soup

Soba noodles make for a healthier alternative to traditional noodles, and Fork Knife Swoon’s vegetarian-friendly soup makes excellent use of them. Loaded with shitake mushrooms, kale, and plenty of fresh ginger to boot, this hearty blend is sure to satisfy.


With its anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties, turmeric is a versatile addition that can be easily incorporated into a wide array of dishes.

Photography by Michael Graydon & Nikole Herriott for The New York Times.

Spiced Chickpea Stew With Coconut and Turmeric

While the spiced crispy chickpeas and rich coconut broth may be the undeniable focus of Alison Roman’s famed stew, the role that the turmeric plays in the dish definitely does not go unnoticed.

Courtesy of Sobremesa

Curried Tomato Soup With Turmeric Cream

Turmeric and tomatoes are a powerful combo. This hearty recipe from Sobremesa highlights the untraditional pairing in the form of a curried blend where the turmeric is presented via a spiced cream garnish.

Photography by Gentl & Hyers for Bon Appetit

Turmeric-Ginger Chicken Soup

An addition as simple as a tablespoon of turmeric has the ability to transform even the most basic recipes—chicken soup included. This subtly spiced version from Bon Appetit is a welcome refresh from the ordinary.

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