Green Healing Soup

green healing power soup

Tim and I were both a little under the weather this past week, something I always forget how much I hate until it happens. This was the first time we’ve ever had colds together, at least anything that didn’t go away in a day, and whether it was holiday traveling, my weaker pregnant immune system or just a trickier virus that caused it, we’ve been using every natural remedy possible to knock it out fast. Case in point: this green-loaded, hearty, healing puréed soup. When Tim first told me everything that was going into it, I braced myself for the kind of soup I’d have to hold my nose to eat (kind of like this crazy powerful immunity booster that, yes, I also took sometime on Tuesday), so when I sipped the first bite and met instead ginger, cumin and a slight kick of heat, I was thrilled. We had it for dinner several nights in a row until the entire pot was gone, and then today we whipped up a fresh batch so I could share it with you.

green healing power soup
green healing power soup
green healing power soup
green healing power soup

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Green Healing Soup

  • Author: Shanna Mallon


  • 1 or 2 handfuls fresh parsley, chopped (or, in a pinch, about a cup of chopped pea shoots)
  • 1 or 2 handfuls fresh kale, chopped (about 6 or 7 cups)
  • 1 or 2 handfuls fresh baby spinach, chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 raw nori seaweed sheet (the kind used to make sushi), roughly torn
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • About 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon each of dried basil and oregano (or a similar all-purpose seasoning)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • Dash of turmeric powder
  • Dash of cayenne pepper
  • 2 to 2.5 quarts water (or broth would work too)
  • Salt, to taste


  1. In a large 4-quart stockpot, combine all ingredients and warm over medium heat until mixture boils. Once boiling, reduce to simmer for about 15 minutes.
  2. Cool slightly, until it’s no longer scalding hot, and transfer by ladles into a high-powered blender. Working in batches, puree the soup until totally smooth. Return all the soup to the original pot and serve warm.
  3. Salt bowls of soup as you serve them, in order to adjust to individual tastes. Leftovers may be frozen and thawed before heating up again later!

About Shanna Mallon

Shanna Mallon is a freelance writer who holds an MA in writing from DePaul University. Her work has been featured in a variety of media outlets, including The Kitchn, Better Homes & Gardens, Taste of Home,, Foodista, Entrepreneur, and Ragan PR. In 2014, she co-authored The Einkorn Cookbook with her husband, Tim. Today, you can find her digging into food topics and celebrating the everyday grace of eating on her blog, Go Eat Your Bread with Joy. Shanna lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with Tim and their two small kids.

32 thoughts on “Green Healing Soup”

  1. This sounds like something we need around our house too – too much travel and indulgence definitely knocked all of our immune systems out. Take care of yourself and that little one – colds while pregnant are extra tough!

    • It seriously is! Now there’s the added weak immune system + concern over anything hurting the baby. Oy! Hope you guys are feeling 100 percent soon!

  2. Hi Shanna!
    This is just what I needed! I hope I can get all the ingredients to make it later in the evening 🙂 Wish you get better soon!

  3. Green soups are right up my alley. The Nori seaweed is something I would never think of, but that iodine is so important. Love the pictures and your little bump.

  4. Shanna! So exciting to see the little one – even as a bump! And the glorious light in these photos just take my breath away! Love how your photos are always telling some kind of story, and the fact that they are always evolving and constantly becoming better!

    <3 F.

  5. OH MAN THE BUMP!!! That makes me so happy. Though I’m not happy you two have been sick. I hope you feel 100 percent super soon.

  6. i’m kicking myself now because just about a week ago i threw out the dried seaweed sheets I had been given from my friend next door that makes his own sushi! Couldn’t figure out how I was going to use it and I wanted less in my cabinet hah! Darn. Now I know. 🙂
    and i am pulling for it to be a boy (only because ii have an older brother and i think it’s just the best)

    • Katie! I so know how you feel! We have literally had the nori sheets sitting in our cabinet for years. Moved them over to the new house. Someday we thought we’d want to make sushi… but we still haven’t! This soup was the perfect solution. : ) And haha about the boy! Truthfully I love the idea of older brothers, too.

  7. I hope you guys are feeling better now – there’s nothing like a bowl of nutrient dense goodness to kick those germs out of your system.

    PS cutest bump ever!

  8. Shanna, all I can say, is this soup is Pablo approved 😉 We made it tonight and he asked for a second bowl and gobbled it up!
    Thank you so much. Loving the bump! Hope you are feeling well! xoxo

  9. The only benefit to being sick is soups like this one – love them. Hope you’re feeling all better! And your sweet baby bump!!!

  10. I’m a soup fanatic, especially this time of year when I am getting the last from the garden. I do like this recipe; I may also add some chard.


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