This Vegan Turmeric Detox Soup is full of warming spices and fresh vegetables to jumpstart your healthy eating regimen or cleanse!
I am adding this note to the beginning of all my detox recipes. There is no such thing as a “detox”, as the word is used colloquially. The human body naturally removes toxins through the liver, kidneys, digestive system, and other pathways – no juice cleanses required. However, I like to use the word detox in my recipes because of its connotations – starting fresh, eating nutritious food, and helping your body be its healthiest self. I hope you enjoy vegan turmeric detox soup!
Another healthy eating recipe for 2019! Soups and salads are my absolute favorite way to have a meal with big flavor, with lots of nutritious vegetables and spices to keep things healthy. This vegan turmeric detox soup is made with two of my favorite cleansing spices – turmeric and ginger – that make for a pungent, spicy broth.
I was just reading about turmeric in one of my favorite nutrition books, How Not to Die by Michael Greger M.D. (Amazon affiliate link). In clinical studies, turmeric (or rather, its therapeutic constituent curcumin) has been shown to provide a myriad of health benefits, including treating cancer, speeding up recovery after surgery, or preventing brain disease. But my favorite benefit of turmeric is that is contains anti-inflammatory properties. In many studies, it has proven effective in treating many inflammatory conditions such as lupus or IBD.
Unfortunately, the bad news here is that turmeric (or curcumin) isn’t well absorbed into the body’s bloodstream. In order to get a therapeutic benefit you would have to consume a lot of turmeric. However, eating black pepper in conjunction with turmeric has been shown to increase its absorbency. This vegan turmeric detox soup contains both turmeric and black pepper, for maximum health benefits. Feel free to add in even more turmeric, if you’d like (though it will be very pungent!).
Vegan Turmeric Detox Soup
- 1/2 White Onion chopped
- 1 Cup Chopped Carrots
- 1 Cup Chopped Celery
- Neutral Vegetable Oil for sauté
- 1/2 Tsp Ground Turmeric
- 2 Tsp Fresh Grated Ginger
- 2 Cloves Garlic
- 1 Cup Chopped Green Beans
- 1 Cup Chopped Kale
- 4 Cups Vegetable Broth
- Juice from 1/2 Lemon
- 1/2 Tsp Paprika
- Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes optional
- Salt to taste
- Black Pepper to taste
- 1 - 1 1/2 Cups Pasta of your choice
- Sprouts for serving
- Bring a drizzle of a neutral vegetable oil to medium heat in a large pot. Add in the carrots, celery, and onion, and sauté for about 5 minutes, or until softened.
- Then, add in the ground turmeric, fresh grated ginger, and garlic, and sauté for about 30 seconds, until fragrant.
- Then, add in the green beans and kale and sauté for another minute, until the kale is wilted.
- Add in the vegetable broth, lemon juice, paprika, red pepper flakes, black pepper, and salt, and stir well. Simmer for about 20-25 minutes.
- Then, add in 1 - 1 1/2 cups of your favorite pasta. I used chickpea cavatappi. Simmer the pasta until al dente, about 9-10 minutes.
- Serve soup with sprouts, if desired.
If you make this vegan turmeric detox soup and post it on Instagram, be sure to tag me @wellandfull and #wellandfull so I can see! I love seeing your takes on my recipes :)
dixya @food, pleasure, and healthJanuary 7, 2019 at 2:07 pm
a big pot of soup is always a good idea. happy new year :)
SarahJanuary 7, 2019 at 2:49 pm
I agree! Happy New Year to you too Dixya :)
Bethan StrangeJanuary 8, 2019 at 11:42 am
Looks delicious! I’ll be sure to include this in the next few meal plans!
Can I ask why you choose to label this (and a few other recipes) ‘detox’ rather than just soup/salad/etc.? Does it market better?
SarahJanuary 8, 2019 at 2:05 pm
Hi Bethan, thanks for your note! I labeled this soup as being “detox” because it was part of my own personal detoxing plan for January. I also wanted people to be able to find this recipe if they were doing a similar healthy eating plan! Naming a recipe is actually really difficult because it will determine who will see your recipe in search engines in perpetuity. I created this recipe with the intention of detoxing in mind, and wanted to stick to that theme. Hope this answers your question :)
MeganJanuary 8, 2019 at 12:41 pm
Soup is always a good meal to make you feel better.
SarahJanuary 8, 2019 at 2:06 pm
I completely agree with you! :)
KatyaJanuary 9, 2019 at 6:11 am
firstly the soup looks so amazing. Perfect warming winter soup. :) It shall be pinned, bookmarked and made (in its due course)
Secondly, thanks for all the additional info on turmeric and its effects, it’s really useful. And a great hug for you for the disclaimer saying that there’s no such thing as “detox” or “cleanse” in the sense that we need to drink juices or eat potatoes for a month to get healthy. I find this very important.
SarahJanuary 9, 2019 at 12:12 pm
Hi Katya, thanks so much for your kind words! It’s always great to hear from you :) And it was important for me to add that disclaimer to the beginning of my post because I do not want to spread misinformation about detoxing or healthy eating. It happens in our bodies already – and eating healthy, nutritious foods will help in that process! :)
Jess @choosingchiaJanuary 9, 2019 at 8:20 am
This is just what I need after the hoidays Sarah! Love the shape of those noodles too :)
SarahJanuary 9, 2019 at 12:12 pm
It’s just what I needed too :) Thanks so much for your comment, Jess!
nicole (thespicetrain.com)January 9, 2019 at 9:56 am
Thank you for teaching me something new and valuable, Sarah! I love turmeric and use it often but almost never in conjunction with black pepper. Needless to say from now on I’ll be sure to use the two together. And your soup looks absolutely delicious, love all the flavors AND colors! :)
SarahJanuary 9, 2019 at 12:26 pm
Thank you so much for your kind note, Nicole! I’m happy to share any fun facts about food or nutrition that I can :)
JanineMarch 19, 2019 at 9:43 am
This recipe was DELICIOUS! I didn’t use celery because I don’t like it and find the taste overpowering sometimes but next time in lieu, I’ll add more of the other veggies. Due to availability, I used snowpeas and spinach instead of beans and kale. I added those when I added the noodles because I prefer the crunch of the snowpeas and colour of the spinach. And the noodles I used were chickpea fusilli. WOW.
This was not only super easy to make but all the flavours went really well together and it was surprisingly quite filling. It’s my first time on this site, so THANK YOU for this – it’s been added to my soup rotation! :)
SarahMarch 20, 2019 at 10:13 am
Hi Janine, I’m so thrilled to hear that you liked this recipe! I will have to try these with snow peas myself, that sounds delicious :) Thanks so much for leaving a review, I really appreciate it!
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David Lloyd (Christchurch, NZ)March 1, 2021 at 4:50 pm
I made this soup earlier with fresh vegetables from my garden. The soup is lovely and soothing. I love the hint of ginger that goes so well with the turmeric. Thank you Sarah.
SarahMarch 2, 2021 at 1:22 pm
I’m so glad you liked the soup, David! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review :) – Sarah