Being sick is never fun — it wasn’t in childhood and it isn’t today. But for many of us, some of our best memories are of being taken care of on a day we had no choice but to stay home sick from school. Unless we were completely out of commission due to a harsh fever, sick days were spent tucked warm and cozy in bed, while we slurped on the classic sick food staple: chicken noodle soup.

Rumor has it, chicken noodle soup is good for fighting colds — however, that’s not entirely true. Canned soup tends to be high in sodium and low in nutrition. While the veggies and herbs in canned soup may help fight colds, there are healthier and more effective alternatives. In fact, if you really want to feel better, why not whip up a batch of homemade, plant-based soup when you’re feeling down? Pair your soup with any of these Natural Plant-Based Foods to Boost Your Immune System for the ultimate health booster.

Make Cozy Fall Soups at Home!

Ready for recipes? We wouldn’t want to leave you hanging, so we searched through the Food Monster app to bring you these five warm, cozy fall soups:

1. ‘Hamburger’ SoupEasy-Peasy 'Hamburger' Soup [Vegan]

This Easy Peasy “Hamburger” Soup by Emily Heck has all the hearty, savory, “meaty” goodness of a burger, but there’s no meat involved here! And it’s a great recipe if you want a filling dinner but are short on time – you can just throw all the ingredients in a slow cooker and you’re good to go!

2. Miso Noodle SoupMiso Soup

Miso soup is a cornerstone of Japanese cuisine because it’s incredibly nutritious and so easy to make. This recipe for Miso Noodle Soup by Gabrielle St. Claire will give you a hearty miso broth that is full of flavor, soba noodles, and tofu.

3. Slow-Cooker Split Pea Soup

In this Slow Cooker Soup by Larice Feuerstein, split peas and potatoes are cooked in a savory broth, then served with crunchy homemade croutons and smoky coconut bacon. This soup is filling, stick-to-your-ribs, chock full of protein, fiber, and full of flavor. What could be better than throwing a bunch of ingredients into one pot and returning to a perfectly cooked soup?

4. Cheesy Chickpea SoupCheesy Chickpea Soup With Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Spicy roasted Brussels sprouts are the perfect topping to this creamy, Cheesy Chickpea Soup by Jenny Mustard. The key to unlocking the perfect balance of flavor in this soup is to adjust the seasonings to your liking. Once you’ve achieved your perfect flavor, serve it with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and enjoy.

5. Loaded Vegetable ChowderLoaded Vegetable Chowder

Wholesome, hearty, and creamy — this Loaded Vegetable Chowder by Erin Beccia has it all. It’s chock-full of broccoli, potatoes, carrots, and kale and made creamy by blending raw cashews and almond milk. This chowder is nothing to sniff at; it’s a worthy dinner that’ll leave you satisfied.

For even more comforting fall soups, see 15 Hearty Soups to Keep You Warm and Satisfied All Winter.

Make sure to check out Here’s Our Ultimate Guide to Vegan Soup Recipes! for all of our favorite soup recipes!

We also highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 8,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to ten new recipes per day. Check it out!

Lead image source: Easy Peasy “Hamburger” Soup