Who doesn’t need a remedy for a wicked cold or a hangover every now and then? Dorie’s Hangover Soup Recipe will do double duty by feeding your hunger while tending to the results of your overindulgence!

This Chicken Soup Recipe tastes terrific whether or not you’ve got a morning-after headache!!

Côte d'Azur Cure-All-Soup in red soup dishes.

Why You Must Make 

  • Glancing at the ingredients, I wasn’t sure what to expect with this magic soup. 10 cloves of garlic, six egg yolks, herbs and a boatload of Parmesan sounded like an unusual combination.
  • If I would perchance have a headache on a Sunday morning, ahem, I don’t think a lot of garlic and egg yolks would cure what ailed me. But if a dose of Tylenol or Aspirin didn’t work, it’s worth a try!
  • But I was willing to give this oddball Côte d’Azur Cure-All-Soup a try. Or at least a half batch as you never can predict if the ol’ hubster will partake.
Two bowls of Côte d'Azur Cure-All-Soup.

Ingredient Notes

Bill entered the kitchen while this soup was simmering, inquiring about the tantalizing aroma. I mumbled something about a “Cure-All” soup so as to not give much away. Just as it was finished simmering and my addition of cheesy toasts removed from the broiler, Nick arrived home for his college spring break. The perfect guinea pig as he had stayed on campus an extra night to celebrate one of his roommates’ 21st birthday.

You know what that means. Beer. Shots. Potential hangovers. He looked pretty peppy though but accepted my offer of soup. And so did Bill. And what do you know? A success! Though Bill did mention that it was pretty garlicky. Yeah, that’s what 10 cloves will do!

  • Kitchen Staples – Water, Egg Yolks, Kosher Salt, Olive Oil
  • Garlic Cloves – Peeled (you’ll need 10)
  • Fresh Sage
  • Fresh Thyme
  • Chicken Broth – I use Pacific brand
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese – Use freshly grated, not the green can.

Why this Hangover Cure Works

  • Chicken broth is often touted as medicinal for the common cold and all that ails you! This soup is often made with just water, but I like the depth of flavor provided by the broth.
  • The broth and salt help retain fluids that may have been lost due to dehydration.
  • The eggs are key, so feel free to add up to 6! I went with 3 with this batch.
  • Eggs contain cysteine, which helps remove acetaldehyde, a toxic substance formed as alcohol is broken down, from the body.
  • Thiamine, or Vitamin B1, also in eggs, may help prevent the build-up of glutarate, which may contribute to the dreaded hangover headache.
Hangover Soup topped with cheesy toasts and herbs.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Causes a Hangover?

Alcohol causes dehydration which contributes to thirst, fatigue, and headaches.

What Can Help Relieve a Hangover?

Rehydrating, sleep, a snack, and a pain reliever can help reduce some of the symptoms. This soup helps to rehydrate plus provides a nourishing snack.

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Côte d'Azur Cure-All-Soup | Perfect way to nurse a hangover or a wicked cold

Côte d'Azur Cure-All-Soup

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Yield 6 servings

A popular French chicken soup heavy on the garlic and rich from egg yolks! Perfect for days when a head cold or hangover has you down!


  • 10 medium garlic cloves, peeled
  • 6 fresh sage leaves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 large thyme sprigs
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt,  or to taste
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for serving


  1. Thinly slice the garlic and place in a large saucepan.
  2. Tie the sage, bay leaves, and thyme together with butcher’s twine. Place the herb bundle in the saucepan, along with the water, broth, and salt.
  3. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat and simmer gently for 30 minutes. Discard the herbs and continue to simmer
  4. Place the yolks and cheese in a medium bowl and whisk to combine. Add a few ladles of soup to the cheese mixture and whisk until smooth.
  5. While whisking the soup in the saucepan, gradually add the cheese-soup mixture in a steady stream to prevent the eggs from curdling.
  6. Remove the pot from the heat and whisk for just another minute. Taste the soup and season with salt and pepper as needed.
  7. Serve immediately, with a drizzle of olive oil over each portion.


Adapted from Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 bowl

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 134Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 109mgSodium: 1125mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 7g


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