Super Detox Broccoli Soup Recipe

January 3rd, 2009  | Print this page Print This Article

So it’s 2009 already.  Doesn’t time fly?  I’m betting that you did the same as me over Christmas; over-ate, over-drank, and now feel rather sick.  Isn’t it time for some nice healthy, slimming and detoxifying food?

Broccoli Soup

Broccoli Soup

Here’s a soup to kick-start your new healthy living (however short a fad it may be), and one that is really quick and easy to prepare, too. The ingredients are nothing more than broccoli and chicken stock, with a garlic clove thrown in for good measure. Truth be told this soup is inspired by a Gordon Ramsay version containing just the broccoli and water - a little bland for my liking (hence the modifications) but feel free to try it either way!

Broccoli is a really super healthy vegetable that is underused in the kitchen, high in vitamin c and fibre as well as being a natural diuretic with anti-carcinogenic (cancer reducing) properties.  Phew - I feel healthier just talking about it!

This recipe is also my entry to the great “Weekend Herb Blogging” event - now in its 164th edition - being held over at Cook (almost) Anything at Least Once.

Broccoli Soup Recipe - Ingredients

  • 1.2 litres (approx) chicken stock or water
  • 600g (approx) broccoli (a whole head, basically) - chopped up roughly
  • 1 Clove garlic - chopped / minced
  • Salt & pepper, to taste.

Broccoli Soup Recipe - Method

  1. This one is too simple.
  2. Simply boil the broccoli in the liquid until slightly softened (5 mins or so) before transferring to a blender - retain about 1/4 of the stock liquid as we’re going to add that back in gradually.
  3. Whizz up the soup until smooth and, as suggested above, add the remaining liquid up until the desired consistancy is reached.
  4. Season to taste.  If you’re eating this as part of a detox it’s worth remembering that salt makes your body retain water, pretty much counteracting some of the diuretic effect of the soup.
  5. Enjoy!
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33 Responses to “Super Detox Broccoli Soup Recipe”

  1. Perfect way to start the new year. I love soups that are creamy, but have no cream in them. Sometimes I add a bit of potato for thickener, too.

  2. mycookinghut says:

    Happy New Year! This recipe is what I need - super detox broccoli soup! I have had too much over Christmas and New Year! I have to start detox regime soon :)

    • scott says:

      mycookinghut: I’m always full of good intentions but the truth is there are so many sweets left over from Christmas all over the house, this stuff is never going to counteract all of that ;)

  3. Shikishi says:

    Absolutely lovely and probably one of the cheapest (and simplest) meals I’ve ever heard of. But still didn’t help me from finishing off the half package of After Eight’s I had in the fridge. :)

  4. Soma says:

    I have never made brocolli soup, the only way I can eat it is steamed:-) I guess the garlic in it would add a flavor. I do need the detox..

  5. Olga says:

    This looks so simple and economical! I could really use a bowl of it sometime this week :)

  6. The Foodie says:

    It’s the new year and my husband and I are now on a 2 week detox with significantly modified diet and pills. I decided to keep track of it out my website and share recipes that actually taste good while you detox (not all of them were good but anyway). I’m sure the biggest effect of the detox is the modified diet more than the pills but by laying down some cash for the pills it makes us stick to the diet.

    We are craving sweets & cheese like crazy but we are 25% of the way there. Read our journey each day over at


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  8. jo says:

    I never knew broccoli could be used as a detox agent - very interesting.

  9. michelle says:

    I was very satisfied with this recipe!
    i added some potatoes and some more garlic
    but i just wanted to say thank you
    i was a little doubtful but simple really can be delicious. and nutritious!

  10. Trig says:

    Detox is only a myth if the rubber hose doesn’t go in far enough or the water isn’t warm enough. Happy New Year.

  11. r khooks says:

    Detox or not I’m sure that would be pretty tasty anyday. I might have to add a big dollop of crème fraîche to my bowl though ;-)

    • scott says:

      Well whatever you dollop into it I’m sure it would be delicious! A bit of double cream would kill the health kick but might be a nice touch to make it a but heavier and more warming.

  12. Y says:

    I love broccoli any which way. The colour of your soup is just awesome - so vibrant! And very virtuous, especially when it is preceded by that post about yummy chocolate truffles :)

  13. Michelle says:

    Sometimes simple is best. The fewer ingredients used, the more they will shine through. In this case the broccoli!

  14. Jeanne says:

    I’m with you on the “where the hell is the month going?” front!! Love te look of that soup, so GREEN. But of course, I’m already thinking “hmm, maybe a little blue cheese in there…” So much for my healthy living :)

    • scott says:

      Well a little drizzle of a tangy herb oil or similar over the top might give it a nice twist without too many added calories…Still, a healthy soup with blue cheese is healthier than an unhealthy soup with blue cheese - so you’re still winning!

  15. Ashley says:

    I made this last week when I started coming down with a cold and it was really soothing! It felt healthy to eat it. I drizzled a little basil oil on top at the end and it was a really nice addition.

  16. nehal says:

    you hav given a very natural and amazing recipe.It’s just awesome!!!

  17. Jean Davidson says:

    When do you add the garlic??? I presume you just boil it along with the broccoli, but it doesn’t actually say so.

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