Vegan Cold & Flu Fighting Soup

Winter viruses got you down? Make a pot of healing, vegan flu-fighting soup with noodles, chickpeas, veggies and turmeric-ginger broth. Snuggle up with a fuzzy blanket, a sick kiddo, and 2 bowls of soup.

Cold & Flu Sick Day Soup: Chickpea Noodle Soup

My family cannot seem to escape the germs this winter… colds, sinus infections, strep and ear infections. UGG. Despite our best efforts (and my near-obsessive surface cleaning), someone is always coming down with something. We’re burning through the cough drops and nobody is allowed to touch anything! OK, not really. But close.

Your Grandma Is Right

Every Grandma, Gammi, Mamaw, Nonna, Abuelita, O baachan and Bubbe around the world knows what you need: a hot bowl of soup when you’re sick. Soup is comforting, hydrating, sinus-steaming and healing. When it’s a one-pot-wonder, it’s an even bigger help for sick parents taking care of sick kiddos.

The magic ingredients are turmeric and ginger, which ease inflammation and tummies. Hot broth, garlic and onions are perfect for congestion. So, snuggle up with a book, a sick kiddo, and two bowls of soup.

I recently brought this soup to one of my besties who is IN IT with morning sickness. She loved that it was gentle on her tummy, too.

Let’s Make Flu Fighting Soup!

Saute onions and veggies in a little oil. When the veggies have softened, add broth, chickpeas and noodles. Simmer until the pasta is cooked. That’s it.

Vegan Noodle Soup Ingredients

Open a can of chickpeas. Give a few veggies a quick chop.

Tip: Substitute whatever veggies you have in the fridge. I chose carrots, celery and cauliflower because they take about the same amount of time to cook. Diced sweet potato would be a nice addition. Please adapt to fit your family’s tastes!

Add ground turmeric and chickpeas to the pot.

Vegetable Broth Tip: My favorite broth is made with Better Than Bouillon “Vegetable Stock Concentrate” paste. The umami / deep flavor is incredibly rich because it contains yeast extract.

Add ditalini pasta and broth

Simmer Your Soup

Turmeric gives food a distinctive yellow color. It also helps with inflammation… and if you’ve got a stuffy head, you’ve got inflammation. Let the broth simmer until the pasta is cooked (8-10 minutes).

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Printable Recipe for Flu-Fighting Soup


Cold & Flu Vegetable Noodle Soup

  • Author: Katie Allen
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Cuisine: American


Winter viruses got you down? Make a pot of healing, vegan flu-fighting soup. Noodles, chickpeas, veggies and turmeric ginger broth. Snuggle up with a fuzzy blanket, a sick kiddo, and 2 bowls of soup.



  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1 tsp minced or pureed ginger
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 5 cups vegetable broth (I recommend 4 tsp Better Than Bouillon Vegetable Stock Concentrate + 5 cups water)
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup ditalini pasta
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • cayenne, optional


  1. Chop veggies.
  2. In a soup pot, add olive oil and heat over medium.
  3. Add onion, garlic and ginger. Saute for 3-5 minutes.
  4. Add carrots, cauliflower and celery. Cook for about 10 minutes, or until beginning to soften. Stir ocassionally to prevent burning.
  5. Add chickpeas, turmeric, ditalini and broth.
  6. Bring to a boil. Reduce to medium, and cook until pasta is al dente.


Vegan: This recipe is vegan.

Vegetarian: This recipe is vegetarian.

Gluten Free: Substitute small gluten-free pasta.


  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 368
  • Sugar: 10.1g
  • Sodium: 1000mg
  • Fat: 5.4g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.8g
  • Carbohydrates: 61.2g
  • Fiber: 12g
  • Protein: 20.6g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: flu fighting soup, cold and flu soup, soup for a cold, soup for the flu, vegan noodle soup, vegan flu fighting soup

I'm a tacotarian, a mom and pun-maker. Feeding people is my love language, and I'm passionate about helping people feel confident in being their own kind of vegan/vegetarian. I'm commonly found in the school pick-up lane, bulk buying tortilla chips and in front of the fireplace.

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