“Sick Soup”

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cup of "Sick Soup"

A few weeks ago, I was under the weather with my first fall cold and I made a giant batch of what is know in our house as “sick soup.” This soup started as a prescription for all manners of sick from my Traditional Chinese-Medicine doctor-friend. Whenever either my husband or I seem to be coming down with something, I cook up a quick batch of this for the sick days to come. It is deeply nourishing and healing due to its bone-broth base, and has infection and inflammation-fighting ingredients like garlic and ginger. The trick to the soup is to only cook the sweet potato or squash and turn off the heat before putting the greens in so they are very lightly cooked. The ginger and garlic are added afterwards to keep them from cooking, which preserves their illness-fighting capabilities. Be forewarned, this soup tastes good enough (that is if you are a fan of ginger and garlic) but more importantly it is really effective at clearing out your sinuses and such. It also makes a lot – I portion into mason jars for easy reheat in a small saucepan, or simply stick the whole pot in the fridge.

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"Sick Soup"
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Serves: 4 quarts
  • 2 quarts bone broth
  • 1 quart filtered water
  • 3 sweet potatoes (sub squash for low-fodmaps), cut into chunks
  • 1 pound green beans, roughly chopped*
  • 2 zucchini, roughly chopped
  • 1 bunch leafy greens (like kale or chard), roughly chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 2-inch piece of ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 1 avocado, sliced thinly
  • salt, to taste
  • lemon juice, to taste
  • coconut oil, to taste
  1. Place the bone broth and water in a large stock pot on medium-high. When it comes to a boil, turn down to a simmer and add the sweet potatoes or squash and cook for 20-30 minutes or until tender.
  2. Turn the heat off and add the green beans, zucchini and leafy green vegetables to the still-hot water. Cover and let the soup sit for a few minutes. Salt the soup to taste and add the garlic and ginger.
  3. Blend the soup in batches and place in another pot. I like to serve with a avocado slices, a scoop of coconut oil, a squeeze of lemon and some more salt on top.
*Green beans are now considered a reintroduction food. If they are known to be a problem for you, substitute with zucchini.

About Mickey Trescott

Mickey Trescott is a co-founder here at Autoimmune Wellness. After recovering from her own struggle with both Celiac and Hashimoto’s disease, adrenal fatigue, and multiple vitamin deficiencies, Mickey started to write about her experience to share with others and help them realize they are not alone in their struggles. She is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner by the Nutritional Therapy Association, and is the author of three best-selling books--The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook, The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook, and The Nutrient-Dense Kitchen. You can watch her AIP cooking demos and get a glimpse of life on the farm by following her on Instagram.


  • Christina says

    Thank you for posting this!

  • Merrie says

    Looks great, I am sick at the moment and have made myself a Pho stle out with chicken broth, lots of ginger, coriander, lime, garlic, fish sauce and mint. Just the smell makes me feel better.

  • Daisy Poppins says

    I’m sick at the moment and managed to make a chicken bone broth cooking it for three days. This is tonight’s dinner sorted! Thanks so much.

    P.S. I only discovered your website a couple of days ago and I just want to say it’s so well done and easy to read. Having Hashimoto’s, PCOS and insulin resistance, I realise how important a good diet is. Especially since I acquired the last two after a head on collision four years ago. Thanks so much for putting this info out here. Will buy the book when I can afford to!

    • Mickey says

      I am so happy you find it useful! I am sorry to hear of your accident. I hope you are able to find some healing soon.

  • Alicia Kanary says

    Can you please post your recipe for bone broth? Thank you.

    • Mickey says

      I will, soon! There are many resources on the web, a quick google should turn up some winners. I use a pressure cooker to make mine but you can use a slow cooker, dutch oven, or just a large soup pot to make it.

  • AZsunshine says

    Green beans are not Paleo right?

    • Mickey says

      They are a “gray area”. I would omit if you are suspicious, but I haven’t heard feedback from many people who react to them.

  • Campbell says

    Thanks Mickey,
    just got out of 2 days hospital after an Addisonian Crisis, starting making beef broth when I got the call that I had to go tp hospital, left it in good hands.
    Made sick soup, adding lime juice, celery, some more ginger and some mushrooms, and lasted me a few days, sure thats what me feel better faster, and sure beat the hospital food, loved the zucchini and the first time I used Kale, it was fantastic, normally I have chinese rice congee, with chicken mince and ginger, but this is so much better as an option.
    Thank you once again,

    • Mickey says

      I am so sorry to hear about your stay in the hospital – I hope you are feeling better! You really can’t underestimate the power of a good healing soup. Wishing you the best


  • Crystal says

    Can you use a pho broth instead of a bone broth?

  • colleen says

    This looks great. Do you think it would work blended? And would adding some meat make it more nutrient dense for someone with difficulty eating, or should I leave it out see if the veg works first? Maybe meatballs/loaf on the side.

    • colleen says

      Oops, just re-read the recipe and saw it is blended.
      So just adding the meat…

    • Mickey says

      This soup is blended. You can add some meat, you could even add some grated liver to make it more dense in nutrients!


  • holly says

    I know I’m a little late to the party, but had to comment. This soup is heaven! Didn’t have enough sweet potatoes, so used one acorn and one chayote squash instead. This recipe is going into heavy rotation.. Thanks Mickey.

  • Amanda says

    Noticed there are beans in it which aren’t allowed on the Paleo or immune protocol diet what would be best to substitute them with?

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hey Amanda!
      When I wrote this recipe, green beans were considered a gray area of AIP. I would use zucchini instead here. Cheers!

  • Yolanda says

    This sounds amazing!! Looking forward to trying it. Thanks for all of your recipes, my family loves them!! Keep up the great work ????

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  • Kristen says

    This is perfect!
    I wonder, have you ever made a large batch & froze some for future sickness? Just wondering if that would work

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Yep, it freezes well! Enjoy!

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  • Naomi Dauermann says

    My family loves this soup! I vary the greens and make a pot of itbevery time I cook up another batch of bone broth.

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