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I’m a common sense type of eater, and so I’m usually not interested in faddish diets, but, like everybody else, the pounds sometimes creep up on me.  My secret is simple — soup!  I make a big pot of this healthy, low fat, low carb  Slimming Detox Soup at the beginning of the week and by the end of the week I feel like I’m back on track.  At least I’m headed in the right direction ;)

A slimming detoxifying nourishing soup to help get you back on track with healthy eating

It’s uncanny how a simple soup like this can help me shed weight and feel better, but it does.  Because it’s super low in calories and has lots of fiber, you can eat until you feel nice and full without worrying about overdoing it.  Nobody ever got fat on this stuff, trust me.  As I’ve made it, this soup is loaded but still very light.  You can add some shredded rotisserie chicken or tofu for more protein, if you like, to keep it interesting for more than a couple of days.  I like to hit it with a touch of Parmesan cheese just before serving, which adds a nice ‘umami’ flavor and a bit of salt.  That tiny amount of Parm goes a long way towards making the soup seem complete and satisfying.

Slimming Detox Soup for getting back on track fast!

Every ingredient in this soup has a purpose – it must contribute to the flavor, the nutrition, or the fiber count of the meal, there’s no place for extras.  It all starts with a base of Swanson® Unsalted Chicken Broth.  Their new unsalted broth is the perfect foundation for this soup, particularly since I am trying to add a richness of flavor, while allowing the natural taste of the food to come through.  I can add just as much seasoning as I need and don’t run the risk of over salting.  I really appreciate that the ingredient list is short and sweet – I really appreciate that the ingredient list is short and sweet – no preservatives, with no msg.  The last thing I want in my cleansing soup are unpronounceable ingredients or preservatives.  I usually choose broth over stock when I’m making soup, and in this case the light flavor works perfectly.  I love the convenient cartons, too, they’re one of my must-have pantry staples, and I usually tailor my recipes around their 32 ounce size.

Swanson Unsalted Chicken Broth for Slimming Detox Soup

For this soup I begin like I do with lots of soups, by sauteing shallot or onion and garlic in a little olive oil.  I add freshly grated ginger next, which will give the finished dish a bright flavor.  Then comes the broth, I usually estimate 8 ounces per serving, give or take.  I add the few veggies that need a little extra cooking first, in this case it was the carrots and the golden beets.  Everything comes up to a simmer and after just a few minutes, just enough to take the crunch out of the carrots and beets, I’ll add the broccoli and cauliflower.  After another couple of minutes or so, I’ll add the pea pods, mushrooms, red cabbage, and bell pepper and let them wilt in the heat of the broth.  Just before serving I toss in the dark greens and tomatoes, they don’t need any cooking at all.  So the main take-away here is that this soup is minimally cooked, just enough to barely tenderize the vegetables, and this way the soup is vividly colored and multi-textured.

Light and healthy Detox Soup
I use this Slimming Detox Soup as a way to ‘re-set’ my eating habits after a stretch where I’ve strayed from my usual healthy routine, i.e. the holidays.  I’ll eat it for dinner for a week, while having normal breakfasts and lunches.  I like to make it fresh every day because it’s most appealing that way, once it sits around the colors and textures fade.   If any of you have ever tired the infamous ‘Cabbage Soup Diet’ you know that it has you make a ginormous pot of barely edible soup to nosh on all week.  My husband tried it years ago (guess who had to make the soup?) and I can tell you that this soup is a lot better :)  Definitely do add the fresh greens and tomatoes just before serving, in any case, and don’t forget the little grating of any hard Italian cheese…it makes such a difference!

Slimming Detox Soup makes it easy to drop pounds

Slimming Detox Soup

Yield: 4 servings

Slimming Detox Soup


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large shallot, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 thumb sized piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 32 ounce carton of Swanson® Unsalted Chicken Broth
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 medium golden beet, or several baby beets, peeled and sliced
  • a handful of small broccoli florets
  • a handful of small cauliflower florets
  • 1 hot chili pepper, I used a Serrano pepper, sliced (optional)
  • a handful of pea pods, any type, halved if large
  • several mushrooms, sliced
  • a handful of shredded red cabbage
  • 1 bell pepper, any color, cut in strips
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • handful of baby kale and or spinach leaves
  • handful of small grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • garnish
  • a sprinkling of grated Parmesan or other hard Italian cheese


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large heavy bottomed pan. Gently saute the shallot, garlic, and ginger for a few minutes until softened.
  2. Add the broth to the pan and bring up to a simmer. Add the carrots and beets and simmer for several minutes.
  3. Add in the broccoli and cauliflower florets and the hot pepper, if using, and simmer for another couple of minutes. The veggies should be just barely tender. If not, cook a little longer.
  4. Next go the pea pods, mushrooms, red cabbage, and bell pepper. Bring back to a boil and then turn down the heat again, these veggies don't require much cooking at all. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
  5. When you are ready to serve, throw in the leafy greens and the tomatoes and give everything a stir.. Garnish each bowl with a sprinkle of cheese.


  • I use ‘handful’ as a measure for this recipe – don’t stress over it – veggies are difficult to measure, and there’s lots of leeway here for you to decide how much or how little of each ingredient you want to add.  Do you want a super chunky soup?  Add more.  A lighter more broth-centered soup?  Just add less.
  • This recipe has plenty of room for improvisation when it comes to what ingredients you choose, too.  You can use any vegetable you like, but to stay true to the slimming and detox theme, you might want to avoid starchy veggies like potatoes, corn, peas, lima beans, etc.  Other ideas might be asparagus, Brussels sprouts, Napa cabbage, celery, green beans, onions, bok choy, eggplant, edamame beans, summer squash, etc.
  • This is not a strongly flavored soup, it’s mild and focuses on the flavors and textures of the vegetables themselves, which I find is part of the ‘re-setting’ process.  But don’t leave out the shallot, garlic, and ginger, they form a flavor base for the broth.  If it is too mild for you you might try adding a can of crushed tomatoes for another layer of flavor.
  • If you’d like to make this a strictly vegetarian soup, use Swanson® Vegetable Broth.

A simple, filliing, healthy soup to help you cleanse away the excesses of the holidays!

I think soup is the original detox and diet food — it works like a charm.  How about you guys, does anybody else rely on soup this way?  Come on, spill your secrets!


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62 Responses to Slimming Detox Soup

  1. Sheils says:

    I have been reading about the many health benefits of various organic herbs. Is there a reason why rosemary, oregano, basil, and/or other herbs are not in this lovely soup? I’m planning to make it tomorrow. ?

  2. Tina Martin says:

    Where can i get the nutrition facts

  3. Dana says:

    Am I able to use a regular beet? I am having trouble finding a golden beet.

    • Sue says:

      You can certainly use regular beets, Dana, just be aware that they will color the soup. It should be beautiful, though!

      • Dana says:

        Very purple! But yummy. You say to use 32oz of soup base, but that plus all these veggies makes several portions. Will it still be okay to use as a detox if kept in the fridge using the same batch more than once?

  4. Diya Shah says:

    My meal is not complete without a soup every day. I use different variations of recipes to make soups every day. This one looks very colorful and for sure will be yummy. I will use homemade chicken broth though.

  5. Have you ever tried this in the slow cooker?

  6. Julie says:

    I made this last night, and it was so fabulous!! I used most of what you had above, but I did throw in a parsnip and some celery. I also added an extra cup of water and a Tablespoon of chicken flavor Better than Bouillon, because it was pretty thick, because I think I added more veggies than a handful. Can’t wait to eat it again tonight!!!

    • Sue says:

      Thanks for letting me know Julie. It’s a nice concept to keep in mind for the early spring, too, just think of a soup made with all fresh baby veggies!

  7. Just made this tonight and it was delicious! I couldn’t find shredded cabbage, so I grated some at home… ended up being a little too small and also colored the soup a purplish gray color. Eh, not attractive but still tasty, light and SUPER filling. Even boyfriend approved! Will be a regular in my house now.

    • Sue says:

      I throw in the cabbage at the very end, Miranda just for that reason! I think beets would be pretty in this soup, they would give it a beautiful color!

  8. Tara says:

    The colors and presentation is a real eye catcher. Instead of pasta zucchini noodles. Parsnips is another flavor I think would play well in this soup. I will add Mrs. Dash salt free Italian Blend seasoning to pop the flavor of the soup. Prep several servings ahead and store will be the way I will do. I am trying to loose weight as well this will be another option to Richard Simmons Ruffage Soup.

  9. lisa says:

    can you provide nutritional date?

  10. Tammie says:

    I’m wanting to present this at my weight loss support group. I won’t have much time to prepare. About how long does it take to prepare?

  11. Chris says:

    This looks so amazing! In the pictures I can see mushrooms in the soup, yet they’re not on the ingredients list. I’ll be definitely adding them though :)

  12. What a gorgeous soup, perfect to start the New Year off right!

  13. Sylvie says:

    What a vibrant, beautiful soup!

  14. Susan says:

    Now that is a gorgeous bowl of soup! I need some slimming detox right now as we’ve been feasting a little too much lately :)

  15. this is so so gorgeous and I am such a veggie soup lover. Will be sharing on my facebook page soon!

  16. This soup is absolutely stunning, Sue! And so wholesome! Pinning!

  17. My husband is a FIRM believer that soup is the way to trim up for and shape up for summer. Because I love soup so much, I firmly agree!

  18. Bita says:

    What a beautiful soup! Pretty sure I’ve never said that before but the colors alone show that this is a soup that is really good for you. I can’t wait to try it. Thank you for sharing!! ? Bita

  19. Wowza. This looks so healthy! I love a good soup recipe :)

  20. I’m willing to bet BIG that “The Cabbage Soup” doesn’t hold a candle to this. Gorgeous! So many great ingredients that shine through in the soup’s simplicity! (and I soooo need a batch of this!)

  21. So gorgeous! Now this is the way to detox, and it looks far superior to the cranberry juice I’ve been downing.. ;)

  22. You’re a lifesaver Sue! I NEED this right now!!

  23. Kelly says:

    It’s a gorgeous soup, and my family is big on soups, whether rich or light. My girls would love the color in this. We’ll have to try it out soon because it begs them to help in the kitchen and take turns adding ingredients.

    • Sue says:

      I didn’t think of it with kids in mind but you’re absolutely right, what great way to get them interested in veggies — they can learn their colors while they’re helping :)

  24. Linda L. says:

    I love the colours – it’s so much easier to eat good food when it looks great. I particularly like about this soup is how you can eat it as is or top it up with extras like chicken, tofu or pasta. You can eat the same basic soup but have some variety every day.

    • Sue says:

      Vegetable soups are commonplace, but I think the idea here is to emphasize the colors and textures, because I agree, it is easier to eat right when it’s lovely to look at.

  25. Nicole says:

    This looks delicious! I always turn to homemade soups, carrots/hummus and green juices when I need to shed a few food blogger pounds. I’ll have to add this recipe to my routine :)

    • Sue says:

      You’ve just outlined a great daily meal plan – the juice for breakfast, hummus and carrots for lunch, and soup for dinner!

  26. This looks more like a work of art to me. Then again it looks like a soup I’d be happy to eat any day of the week! Beautiful, vibrant and super delicious looking!

  27. I totally in love with all of the colors in this soup! This would be perfect for this cold, chilly day that we’re having!

  28. Shari Kelley says:

    This is such a beautiful soup! I like the idea of detoxing for a week to get back on track. I am struggling to get back to my healthy habits. Thanks for sharing this!

  29. Jean Barley says:

    Does it hold up well for reheating several times?

    • Sue says:

      It reheats perfectly, but does lose its vibrant color after a while. I purposely under-cook the veggies a bit to keep them firm longer, but I like to make it fresh every couple of days.

  30. Liz says:

    Oooh, I love this healthy soup with all the vibrant veggies. The hubby would need some chicken (and probably some pasta), but I’d eat it just like you made it!

  31. I’m with you on soup as an easy way to get the calories under control. I love how colorful this soup is, Sue. Definitely a great idea for this time of the year when you want some warm and filing – and love the hit of parmesan to bump up the flavor a bit.

  32. I’m a common sense type of eater too, Sue… sticking mostly to eating healthy, but also allowing myself to cheat at times and indulge a bit. Soup is one of my favorite things, especially this time of year. And this detox soup looks absolutely delicious! LOVING all the beautiful colors and delicious veggies in here! This soup makes detoxing look good! Pinned! Cheers, my dear!

  33. sippitysup says:

    I’ve been hoarding the last of my homemade stock> It’s time to make something as delicious and colorful as this beautiful bowl. GREG

  34. cheri says:

    Hi Sue, I have been re-setting my eating habits as well, I am usually pretty good all year until Thanksgiving then all bets are off until after the holidays, but the older I get it seems to be a little harder. Your soup is so packed with flavor and colorful, love it!

  35. I need this soup! I remember an old WW recipe that had cabbage in it, but I always liked it – haha. Hope you have a wonderful week!

  36. Beautiful colors! I just went through a 10 day sugar detox! I need to eat this soup to keep me heading on the right path!

    • Sue says:

      They do say that sugar is the main problem in our Western diet, so I’m sure you feel pretty good right now Kathy — I don’t quite have the courage to try that, but I could eat this soup for days!

  37. Gorgeous rainbow colour! I feel instantly healthier just looking at it, Sue.

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