Detox Soup

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I made detox soup on Sunday and we have been eating it all week as the beginning to our Ten in 10 Program.  It is great, as it is loaded with healthy veggies.  What I love about this soup, is that as it gets lower and lower in the pot, I can add more stock as well as more carrots, celery, kale, etc….  to continue the process.  I usually can keep it around for a good week.  If it is not enough to fill you, you can always add a nice salad to go with it.


Recipe:  Detox Soup
  • 1 leek, cut half, cleaned well, dried and cut into small pieces
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 4 carrots, scrubbed clean, skins on, cut into approx. 1/4″ circles
  • 4 celery stalks,  cut into medium dice
  • 3 small rutabagas, peeled and cut into medium dice
  • 8 cups water or veggie stock
  • 2 cups pinto beans, I used dried ones that I cooked before hand, used cooking liquids in soup
  • 2 bunches of kale, thinly sliced
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste

Heat a large pot over medium heat.  Add the leek and garlic and sweat over low heat, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add carrots, celery and the rutabagas.  Cook for about 3 minutes.   Add the stock, tomato and pinto beans, simmer over low heat at least an hour.  The longer, the better the flavor is.  About 15 minutes before serving stir in all of the kale.  Serve.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Eat.



  1. Beautiful soup… Love all of the veggies!

  2. Yes, I definitely good use a weeks worth (or two) of this soup right now. Love all of the info. – makes me want to eat it even more.

  3. Even though I am a veg, I could use a little more of this kind of soup in my life, especially after the holidays. It looks terrific and not like deprivation at all.

  4. Looks like a perfect soup to keep you warm and cozey and healthy. Love that you added all the benefits!

  5. I make a version of this, only instead of “Detox” I call it “Minestrone.”

  6. Hey there,

    I loved reading this recipe and actually covered it in my weekly rundown of soup in the news article. I can’t wait to test this out as it appeals to deep-love of veggie soups.

    Seriously Soupy Serena

  7. Denise – this looks amazing! And even though it’s “good for you” it sure looks tasty!

  8. Love this soup! I can’t wait to make it. Hubby made us a huge pot of soup last Sunday too – we just used all the veggies in the fridge and a huge bunch of fresh spinach. Lost 1.5 lbs already! 8*)

  9. Margo says:

    I make my own nutrient-dense bone broths and stocks…must I use veggie stock for this recipe?

  10. Hi Margo, no you can use just water or your own stock. I just add veggie stock, to give it a bit more flavor. ~ Denise

  11. Jeanne Renaud says:

    How do you use this to detox how often a day and do you replace your regular meal with this soup Any other advice for detoxing and losing weight ? thank you

  12. HI Jeanne, we basically will eat just this soup for 3 – 5 days. I is loaded with fresh veggies and water, making it low in calories. Great way to detox without starving yourself. As well it tastes great!

  13. Kathy says:

    What is a serving size, how much calories, how often do u eat it and is this all u eat in a day for how many days?

  14. Hello Kathy, we are not diet-experts and only use this as detox after the heavy holidays or when we feel the need to be a little lighter. I am not sure how many calories as we have not figured that out. We usually eat an 8 ounce serving at lunch and 16 ounces during dinner for 10 – 14 days.

  15. Natalie says:

    I made this soup tonight, only cut it in half and it was great! I feel like I got loads of veggies after a long Thanksgiving week. A great alternative to have if you’re having a meatless kind of day but need substance.
    Thanks for posting!!

  16. Brandy says:

    I found your recipe last night and made it in the crock pot! It is so delicious and healthy! Yeap, it certainly reminds me of minestrone except I use chicken broth instead of vegetable.

  17. YUM! i added cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes and chili powder for a little extra kick in the pants. not to mention those spices are good for ya! mm, delicious.


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