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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

Hangover Soup

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 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

The Enticing Aroma of Garlic

Bill entered the kitchen while this soup was simmering, inquiring about the tantalizing aroma. I mumbled something about a “Cure-All” soup 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 roommate’s 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!

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 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 acetyldehyde, 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

Dorie’s Magic Hangover Soup Recipe

Dorie Greenspan’s magic soup recipe can be seen and printed on CHOW.  This Côte d’Azur Cure-All-Soup can also be found on page 70 of Around My French Table. To see what the other Doristas thought of this dish, check the  LYL page of the French Fridays with Dorie website.

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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

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!

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


  • 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 and broth and salt. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat and simmer gently for 30 minutes. Discard the herbs and continue to simmer
  3. 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. While whisking the soup in the saucepan, gradually add the cheese-soup mixture in a steady stream to prevent the eggs from curdling.
  4. Remove the pot from the heat and whisk for just another minute. Taste the soup and season with salt and pepper as needed. Serve immediately, with a drizzle of olive oil over each portion.


Adapted from Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan

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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I’m back in Denver today for a “Celebration of Life” party to commemorate the beautiful life of my dear mom. Check my Instagram feed—I hope to share a few photos of the food and festivities! Rest in Peace, Gretchen. xoxo

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39 comments on “Côte d’Azur Cure-All-Soup”

  1. Liz, sending you much love on the occasion of the celebration of your mum’s life XO And hey, this week proves that cheesy toasts make things SO much more appetising (for Bill!)!

  2. Garlic and parmesan are a match made in heaven. Indeed, a soup that will cure our hangover during those drinking parties!! Thanks for sharing xx

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

  3. Lizzy , this hangover soup sounds wonderful ! I need to borrow that book again at the library ;D

    My deepest condolences , Lizzy .

  4. Oh my, the soup smells so good from here! Love the presentation too, Liz! xoxo

  5. What a beautiful picture of your mom Liz. I think you made the soup by putting that wonderful cheesy toast on top of it.

  6. A celebration of life….how appropriate. Still sending you comforting thoughts.

  7. Very nice that you are celebrating your mom’s life. Mom’s are special people!

    I’m not so sure about this soup as a cure all either, but I will say that garlic is a cure-all in some ways. It is antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial. I eat it every day, sometimes raw, sometimes roasted, and I think it does work. *knocks on wood* 🙂

  8. What a great combination of ingrédients ! I can understand why you call this soup ” cure-all” !
    Have a nice time in Denver and celebrate life 🙂

  9. What a lovely picture, your mother was a beautiful woman. I’m sending you virtual hugs and lots of positive thoughts for this weekend.

  10. Thank you for sharing the gorgeous picture of your mother! I had no hangover or cold to be cured but found a way for it to cure some other things so I am quite fond of it. And who doesn’t love garlic and cheese? Why not in a soup then?

  11. So did the soup work for the hangover? 🙂 I might need this information one day. (probably not)

    Your mother was as beautiful as you are – apple didn’t fall far from the tree. I look forward to reading more about her celebration of life that you feel comfortable sharing with us.

  12. What a wonderful picture of your mom! She was very beautiful. Hangover soup sound fantastic! Let’s have a drink 😉

  13. Dear Liz, I am so sorry to hear your mother has passed away. That is an enormous loss. What a dark time for you all. I do hope the celebration of your mother’s life went well. I can see your likeness in her image. I have heard of this French soup but didn’t know if was a cure for a hangover – I must give this recipe to Archie! xx

  14. Your soup looks beautiful. Your mother was truly beautiful…you look just like her! From all the things you have shared, I feel like I knew her, what a gift that is, to be able to make her a presence for others! 🙂

  15. With all of that garlic, this soup certainly should be good for what ails you! 🙂 Sending you hugs, Liz!

  16. Dear Liz – so sorry to hear that you have lost your beautiful mother! It’s such a great loss for you all! I’m so behind in reading my blogs and must have missed this. Huge hugs to you and hope the celebration was that indeed. It is such a blessing to have a loving mother!
    Your soup sounds and looks delicious – as always.

  17. Hope you are having a heart warming weekend celebrating your mom! This soup looks too good to miss – I love all the garlic and your broiled toasts are the perfect topper!

  18. Unusual soup indeed especially I would have never thought of egg yolks. Love the loads of garlic though 😀

  19. Sending hugs.
    “odd ball soup” – I kind of like that name for it.
    Sarah turns twenty one in a few weeks. I told her that it is tradition for 21 year olds to celebrate with their parents. Do you think she’ll buy that?

  20. That’s a very beautiful photo of your mom. You look so much like her. The soup looks scrumptious!

  21. I love the picture of your mom. What a sweet expression! She melts my heart.

  22. From the wonderful memories you’ve shared about your Mom there is much to celebrate. Safe travels!

  23. Lizzy,
    So glad you found another recipe that your hubby likes. My hubby would love all the garlic.

    My condolences on the passing of your Mom. She looks lovely in the photo you posted. Safe travels. Sending many hugs to you and your family. XO

  24. Beautiful photo of your mom. You two look so much alike. I hope you have a good trip and are enjoying sharing wonderful memories of your mom.

    I’m so glad everyone liked the soup this week.

  25. Dear Liz, indeed what a beautiful picture of your mum! Hope your trip went smoothly – you posted some very amazing pictures on facebook1
    Your Cure-All Soup looks very velvety and rich and beautiful with those toasts – I am not really all that surprised that it was received rather well by the hungry crowd at your house!
    Liebe Grüsse,

  26. Your mother was gorgeous just like you Liz <3

    As for the 10 clove garlic soup, it does appear that Ms. Dorie has concocted the ultimate cold-fighting, hangover-combating soup!

  27. It has been a long haul for your family, a beautiful celebration of life, and my thoughts are with you all. As for this soup, it is interesting, not something that I will make again, but who knew
    I could use that much garlic. Ugh! Actually, the soup was tasty, but the after taste was so/so.
    Safe travels home.

  28. I’m glad this soup was a hit for everyone. How could it not be with those beautiful cheesy toasts on top? A celebration of life is a beautiful way to remember a loved one. Thinking of you and your family.

  29. Love the name of this soup, must have been really flavorful.

  30. Sending thoughts and hugs to you and your family, Liz. Your mother was a classy, beautiful woman, I now see where you get it from.
    How wonderful that this soup was a hit with the men in your family! It was quite good…wish I thought to add a piece of cheesy toast! Yum!!

  31. A celebration of life is a beautiful way to commemorate a life, we had one for my dear Mom and it was very comforting.
    What an unusual soup and I’m very intrigued over the flavours. I will definitely have to try it.

  32. Nobody makes a soup for the sick look more tasty and enticing then you. Something about cheesy toast covers any suggestion that this soup should be a cure-all. Looks delicious and if it was guy-worthy for both of yours, that’s a compliment of its own. Thanks for posting the wonderful pictures from your celebration for your Mom. That table groaned with fabulous-looking Weber-style food. I knew where those flowers came from – I love that Denver shop as do my sister-in-law and brother now. As I looked at all your pictures, I just thought about how much your Dad had to love and enjoy how you girls were honoring your Mother. He’ll savor those memories in the days ahead……which will be rough.

  33. Your toasts on top look delicious. I am going to have to try this soup. Loved the picture of your Mom. I see your smile in her. Have a great week.

  34. I’ve seen the pictures on Instagram and I think your mom would be pleased by her family’s celebration of her life. And, I’m amazed that Bill liked this one. Yay! I like how you served it with toast on top. Have a great week.

  35. My sister just send me Dorie’s “Around My French Table” as a belated birthday gift. Now I know which recipe to try first! Your mom was clearly a very special lady, Liz. Bet she would have thoroughly enjoyed your celebration of her life.

  36. My sister just sent me Dorie’s “Around My French Table” as a belated birthday gift. Now I know which recipe to try first! Your mom was clearly a very special lady, Liz. Bet she would have thoroughly enjoyed your celebration of her life.

  37. Another winner with Bill! I hope that you are having a good stay in Denver, and we are all enjoying your lovely photos on Facebook.

  38. My husband is a big fan of garlic, so he liked the soup. It was a fun recipe to try! I enjoyed your celebration pictures on Instagram, it looked lovely.

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