Cleansing Green Soup

Cleansing Green Soup

This is the best soup, I absolutely love it – it’s just so soothing. It really feels so nurturing and healing too, you can feel with each sip that you’re doing wonders for your body! The mix of spinach, broccoli, cannellini beans, garlic, spices and coriander is pretty magical: it’s bursting with vitamins, minerals, fibre and plant protein so it really will make you feel awesome. I love making big batches of this so that I always have some in the freezer for those days that I need an extra boost, you can also take it in a jar to work with you so that you can enjoy it for lunch. It’s great served with some superfood bread, some sliced avocado or some brown rice or a bit of all three!Serves Three:

– 600ml of water

– 1 head of broccoli

– 1 bag of spinach (200g)

– 1 tin of cannellini beans

– a handful of coriander

– 4 cloves of garlic

– 2 teaspoons of cumin

– 2 lemons

– salt and pepper

Chop the broccoli into small pieces

Crush the garlic and place it in a frying pan with the cumin, salt, pepper and olive oil. Let this heat until it’s bubbling, at this point add the broccoli

Let the broccoli cook until it’s tender, then stir in the spinach and let that wilt

Place the (drained/rinsed) beans, lemon juice, coriander and salt into a blender with the water, the broccoli and the spinach. Blend until smooth, then heat and serve.



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  • ladieswhoimpress

    This looks good – I must give it a try!

  • Lauren

    Can’t wait to try this for lunch today! I have been living the ‘Deliciously Ella’ way one for three weeks now! (LOVE the book!) having been a vegetarian for years going vegan and gluten free wasn’t too tricky but has required careful planning! And everyone has commented on how revived and glowing I look (and I am a secondary school teacher so usually look exhausted!) and I have never had so much energy and felt so happy inside! Thank you so much Ella for all that you give us you really are an inspiration! xxx

  • Sian

    Yummy! Do you think this would be okay eaten cold?

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Sian, yes I think it could be quite refreshing when it’s cold! X

  • Faith VanderMolen

    This is amazing Ella! I’m on such a soup kick right now, because it so easy to get so many nutrients into one bowl. I was just thinking about trying to recreate my mom’s spinach soup that she makes at Christmas, but I think I’ll just make this instead!

  • Lois

    HI Ella, Just reading through this recipe, sorry but do I read it correctly that you fry the broccoli in the garlic, cumin S&p & Olive oil? No water at this stage? Just wondered if it may sort of burn in parts? P.S Just ordered your book yesterday, cant wait to read through it as it sounds just my kind of food!

  • Ellie

    This looks delicious! I feel a cold coming on so may make this today so all the vitamins kick away the germs! So great to see you yesterday my love, have a safe flight today :* Xxxxxxx

  • Raquel Salguero

    Wow! you have put some of my favourite ingredients together in this soup ( Broccoli, spinach and coriander !)… I am making this soup right away!!!!.
    By the way, I am from Spain, and I just bought your book on . I can´t wait to get it next week!!!!.

  • Cassie

    Love the recipe, Ella! It’s perfect for the weather too!

  • TiaraHelen

    Looks tasty, Ella! Do you put the water in the frying pan with the broccoli to cook it? If not, how do you stop the dry broccoli burning? Thanks for your advice. x

    • ellawoodward

      The olive oil will stop it from burning! Hope you love it! X

  • hayleygray

    I made this for my lunch today. It’s really nice, and you’re right about the healing/nurturing feeling. Only thing is it was quite thin, so I just put it in a mug and drank it. Any tips on thickening it up? Another tin of beans?

    • ellawoodward

      Yes you could add more beans or more broccoli to thicken it up! So glad you enjoyed it! X

  • Anna C

    Hi Ella, I just found your blog and immediately fell in love! I just have a tiny question: When you write 1 tin of beans, how many grams do you mean? I am from Germany and I could not find out what sizes tins normally have in UK…

  • stephen hartley

    Hi Ella,

    Thank you for all the recipes you release on your blog. It is good to find such a variety of recipes without having to search everywhere.

    Tonight I made Baked Beans from your new book and it turned out absolutely magic, much tastier than I thought it could have been. Heinz Baked Beans are very popular with lots of people but this recipe could easily be more popular.

    I have a good idea that it will be but I hope the release of your book in the US is very successful.

  • Ellen

    Hi Ella,

    Your cookbook arrived last night in the USA earlier than anticipated from Barnes and Noble. I took it to Kinkos and for US$4.50 they put a spiral binding and clear plastic covers, front and back. Looks great and so easy to use. I love your recipes and am making a new one every few days. Just terrifically healthy food, and so tasty. Thank you. When are you coming to Washington DC or Northern Virginia? Ellen


    • Karen Hutchison

      that a a great idea, it would be great if you could buy it like this. Does anyone know anywhere in UK i could get this done x

  • Elena TS

    Hi Ella! I love your blog and have been recreating a few recipes lately. I have burning question: how to you maintain your diet when you go on a vacation? Isn’t it very difficult to avoid all the gluten and dairy and to substitute the protein etc.? I’d love it if you have any tips for me as I will be travelling to Thailand for 3 weeks this month. Thanks a lot ! Xx

  • Giulia

    Hi Ella, this soup is just what I need at the moment. Is it possible to replace the cannellini with another type of bean? Thanks amd good luck with the US release of your book

  • Lorena

    Hi Ella! I heard that using olive oil for cooking is bad because it creates free radicals, is that true? If so, what do you use?

  • Besma | Curiously Conscious

    Hi Ella,

    Thanks for the recipe – I’m a big fan of broccoli and this soup looks like it’d make a really wholesome lunch! Hope everything is going well with you, and have a nice Sunday.

    Besma (

  • Amanda Tosh

    just made this for dinner and (as usual) it was delicious… even my non-vegan boyfriend who thought it sounded “gross” loved it. Just made one small modification using 1 lemon instead of 2. Thanks again for another amazing and easy-to-make recipe :)

  • Amanda Campbell

    Made this today. Absolutely Awesome!

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Lorena, I love using coconut oil in my cooking as it has a high smoke point. I also use olive oil occasionally as I love the taste! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Giulia, yes you can use butter beans instead! Have a lovely day! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Anna, 1 tin of beans is generally 400g in weight, not drained! X

  • ellawoodward

    The olive oil will stop it from burning! Hope you love it! X

    • ellawoodward

      Yes you could add more beans or more broccoli to thicken it up! So glad you enjoyed it! X

  • Elisabeth

    I have been following your blog for a while now and this is the first time I tried one of your recipes. It was absolutely delicious. I’m hooked! Will be trying out a lot more recipes from now on.

  • ellawoodward

    HI Lois, yes that’s correct, the olive oil should prevent it from burning! Hope you love it! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Sian, yes I think it could be quite refreshing when it’s cold! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Lauren, this is so great to hear! I am so glad you feel so great, keep it up! Have a lovely day! X

  • Samantha’s Closet

    How long can you keep this in the fridge?

  • Katherine Davis

    Hi Ella, I don’t have cannellini beans on hand, can I sub lentils or garbanzo beans? Thoughts

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Katherine, yes they should work well! Have a lovely day! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Samantha, I would keep it for about 3 days in the fridge. You can freeze it too! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Elena, I haven’t found it too difficult as I find that many places are now very aware of health and are providing many more healthy options in shops and restaurants. There is a travel section on my blog which you might find interesting. For me it’s all about doing some research beforehand and being very well prepared! Have a lovely day! X

  • 7iThor

    This is good soup right when it is made but I think it excels the next day. Very tasty.

  • Allyson

    Hi, wondering how much olive oil you are supposed to use? Looks delicious!

  • ellawoodward

    Just a little bit of olive oil, about a tablespoon! Hope you love it! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Isabel, thanks so much! Yes it’s a 400g tin (this is the weight before it has been drained!) Hope you love it! X

  • Layla Sipi

    hi ella,
    a question for your q&a’s is what is in your weekly shop and how much do you spend? xxx

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Layla, thanks so much, keep an eye out for the answers in the videos! X

  • Elly

    Hi Ella, I am looking to replace my non-stick skillets and saw that you are using a cast iron skillet here? What brand do you use or recommend?

  • Madeleine

    Just made this. Delicious! Thanks for another great recipe

  • Kirsty Murray

    Hi Ella love all of your recipes and this soup looks delicious! Would chickpeas work OK instead of cannellini beans?

  • Karen Hutchison

    Just made the soup, delicious :))

  • Carole Lufrano Lloyd

    Ii am in the US, is the coriander the seed, or the leafy Cilantro?

  • Emily Hargrave

    Hi Ella, made this soup on Sunday for my husband’s return from a stag do, made him feel alive again and I enjoyed it’s deliciousness! Thank you from us both.

  • ellawoodward

    I used leafy cilantro. Hope you love it! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Kirsty, so glad you love the recipes. Cannellini beans are slightly softer than chickpeas so they tend to blend more easily but I think chickpeas should work fine in this recipe. Have a lovely day! X

  • Kirsty

    Hi Ella,
    This sounds delicious and I’m looking forward to trying it, I’d just like to know how many servings this recipe would make? I like to food prep at weekends because I’m too lazy during the week so I’d like to make enough for 3 or 4 days. Thanks! x

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Kirsty, this recipe serves 3. Hope you love it! Ella x

  • Indu Sharma

    Hi Ella, I’m very busy during the weekdays so I have to get most of my cooking done for the week in the weekend. I was thinking of making smoothies and storing in deep freezer. What kind of containers do you suggest? Is plastic good or glass ones?

  • Eight Hours

    This sounds so healthy, I make quite a similar one but thicker and with a few more veggies.
    I’m addicted to soup right now.

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Indu, freezing meals is a great way to stay ontop of your healthy eating. I just use plastic tupperwares. Hope you enjoy the recipes as you make them! X

  • Lucie

    Ella – i made this soup and loved it – but i equally loved eating the cooked brocolli and wilted spinach ahead of the next stage of turning it into soup. In fact, i made that as a dish in itself last night – so good! Your recipies are bringing so much joy to our household – thank you xx

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Elly, this skillet is by a brand called Circulon – it’s so great! Hope you enjoy the recipe! X

  • Sibyl

    Hi Ella,

    I got your cookbook–and absolutely love it! I’ve already tried a couple recipes. I made the Pea and Mint Cannellini Soup, which was delicious. But, I realized that mint does not agree with me! Is there something else I could substitute–some other seasoning?

    Also, when cumin is called for in a recipe, is there some other spice I could use?

    Thank you so much for your wonderful cookbook with uncomplicated recipes. And for your blog which has additional recipes. Just lovely.

    All the best!

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Sibyl, you could try replacing mint with basil however I have not tried this myself so I’m not too sure how it will turn out. Instead of cumin you could try another other spice you like, perhaps turmeric. Hope you love the soup! X

    • Sibyl

      I love basil, so that is worth a try. And thanks for the cumin substitute recommendation.

      Tomorrow I’ll make the Thai soup, yum!

      Thanks, again.

  • bernardvictor

    Dear Ella,
    I made your cleansing Green Soup with great enthusiasm, but I was very dissapointed with the results. The soup was very thin and did not taste nice at all. It may be good for me, but I did not enjoy the taste or the experience of eating it. My husband found it gritty.

    • ellawoodward

      I’m sorry the soup didn’t turn out great. Is there anything you changed in the recipe? I really love it and have never found it to be gritty before. You can always add more cannellini beans if you want it to be slightly thicker! Ella x

    • Eight Hours

      it’s not meant to be a thick soup, but just add something like more beans or potato or something like broccoli if you are after a thicker base.
      More veg will stodge it up a bit.

  • Brenda

    I made your Cleansing Green Soup, and was very dissapointed with it. It did not come up to expectations. It may be very cleansing and healthy, but it did not taste nice or provide a good experience as you recomend.

  • Eight Hours

    Love this.
    We made something similar but with bit more veg. So nice to find healthy recipes

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Brenda, I’m really sorry you didn’t like it. I personally really love it but understandably there will be some recipes that you enjoy more than others. I hope you can find other recipes which you love! X

  • S M

    Love this soup! Made it for the second time in a week.

  • Leah

    I just made this (although sneaked an onion in…) and it is DELICIOUS! Also so much more filling than I anticipated. Thanks Ella for a delicious & healthy lunch :)

  • Bisanne Masoud

    I really don’t understand any negative comments about this soup because it’s soooo delicious. I like a slightly thicker soup so I only used 1 cup of water, instead of the 2.5 cups (600 ml) suggested. Also, for anyone who isn’t vegetarian, I think you could also replace the water with chicken broth. But seriously… so good just as it is. Thanks Ella! I love so many of your recipes already. I’ll add this one to the list!

  • Don

    The combination on lemon with the vegetables sounds great. I will definetley try this minus the beans, which I personally don’t eat. While I understand eating beans for their protein content, specially on a veg diet, I do wonder at your feeling of them having a cleansing effect?! They are packed with oligofructoses and even if some of us are less able to digest them than others, they always have a tendency to ferment in the gut and they are hard work to for the system to assimilate and digest, not a very cleansing food I’d say…

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Don, I think it’s really dependent on the individual as everyone reacts to different foods in different ways. I personally love beans but they are not going to suit everyone. Hope you love the soup! X

  • Asmah Amin

    I made this soup yesterday and when returning
    it to the hob after blending I made the mistake of overheating and boiling the
    soup. This resulted in a darker green mixture and it didn’t taste as nutritious
    as when I initially blended the mixture. I think I killed all the
    goodness!! So my advice is don’t over heat this yummy soup J

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Robyn, the soup should last well in the fridge for about days without freezing. If you want to freeze it, I recommend leaving it to cool before you put it in the freezer. Hope it was delicious! X

  • ellawoodward

    I am sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy the soup. You can always leave out the lemon juice next time if you prefer but I think it adds an amazing citrus flavour! X

  • ellawoodward

    HI Emily, I buy them from my local health food store or Amazon but I know that Sainsbury’s now sell organic cannellini beans without any preservatives. Hope you love the recipe x

  • ellawoodward

    This recipe makes enough for three people, hope you enjoy it! X

  • ellawoodward

    I am so happy to hear that you and your boyfriend loved it! Really hope you both enjoy many more of the recipes! X

  • ellawoodward

    I use organic tinned beans which have already been cooked – organic ensure that they are additive and sugar free. Hope you enjoy the soup x

  • Louise Harboe

    Hi. I am from denmark and think this Soup sounds lovely. How long time can I keep it in a jar in the fridge? xx Louise

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Louise, it should last well in the fridge for about 3-5 days! Hope you enjoy it! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Laura, so happy you enjoyed it and hope it turns out even more delicious next time. It’s best made in a blender rather than a food processor! Have a lovely day x

  • ellawoodward

    So happy you finally got to try and it and loved it! There’s a whole blog post on my favourite blender recommendations which you might find helpful!

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Jenny, thanks so much for your message. I will look into this now. So sorry to hear that your soup was too watery, I really hope that it turns out more delicious next time by using slightly less water. So happy you’re loving the reset plan so far x

  • ellawoodward

    Butter beans should work really well too! X

  • Rachel

    Great greens!

  • Megan Holt

    Hi Ella! I actually only heard of you on “What Britain Bought on 2015″ But you are making my conversion into vegetarianism so much easier by making tasty foods and snacks that I look forward to making. :L

  • Angela Ranelli

    Love this recipe! Try my variation with more vegetables at :)

  • denise rotherham

    Loved this soup, i added some kale too as i dont like it normally but i know its sooo good for you, it was disguised perfectly 😉 – so delicious!