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a close up of a small wooden spoon resting across the mouth of a mug. alphabet noodles and broth have collected in the spoon and more broth is in the mug.

soothing broth for a sore throat

Feel better with this flavor-packed soothing broth for a sore throat.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine American, Japanese
Servings 1 mug



  • 1 tsp oil (sesame, vegetable, or canola)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 inch fresh ginger (peeled)
  • 2 tsp miso paste (if vegetarian, increase to 1½ TBSP)
  • zest and juice of ¼ lemon
  • cups chicken broth (if vegetarian, use vegetable broth or water)
  • 1 TBSP alphabet noodles (or orzo)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 scallion (thinly sliced)


  • Hold the microplane so that the sharp surface is facing down and the curved edges are facing up. Grate the fresh ginger, garlic, and lemon zest on the underside of the microplane so that it collects on top. Set aside.
  • Heat oil in a small 2-cup pot over medium heat until shiny. Add the ginger, garlic, and lemon and cook until fragrant and soft, about 1 minute.
  • Increase heat to high and add ½ cup chicken broth. Stir frequently to keep anything from sticking to the bottom, about 30 seconds.
    Add miso and cook 1 minute more, stirring frequently to dissolve the miso. When the miso has dissolved, bring the broth to a vigorous boil and let reduce, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to medium-high and add the rest of the broth. Bring the broth to a low boil, then add the alphabet noodles and cook according to package directions (usually 4-6 minutes).
    Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Pour broth into a mug and garnish with sliced scallions.


  • Don't use too much oil in step 2 — just enough to prevent the garlic, ginger, and lemon from sticking to the bottom of the pot. Too much oil will combine with the miso paste and make your soup greasy.
  • If using frozen cubes of chicken stock, no need to defrost first. Add the cubes right into the pot.
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