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Spring Tonic Soup Recipe

Spring Tonic Soup Recipe

Leeks, red pepper, and greens make a colorful combination in this spicy, enlivening soup designed to help us shake off the winter doldrums and any remnants of colds or flu.

Rich in flavonoids, this tonic soup is a tribute to the bright green energy and fiery sun-power of spring. It clears the sinuses, promotes healing, and gives our bodies some delicious inspiration to get in the swing of spring!


2 tablespoons olive oil
3 leeks, white parts only, well-washed and cut into 1/2-inch rounds
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 medium carrot, diced
2 teaspoons paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne (or more, to taste)
6 cups vegetable broth or water
sea salt
Handful of mustard greens, watercress, or parsley, coarsely chopped
croutons for garnish
sour cream for garnish
sprouts for garnish

1. Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot. Add leeks, bell pepper, and carrots and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened. Sprinkle vegetables with paprika and cayenne to taste.

2. Add vegetable broth or water, and salt to taste. Bring to a boil and cook, covered, for 15 minutes. Add greens and continue cooking for 2 to 3 minutes.

3. To serve, place a few croutons in each individual soup bowl, then add broth. Top each serving with sour cream and a couple of fresh sprouts.

Serves 4 to 6.

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Inspired by Witch in the Kitchen, by Cait Johnson (Inner Traditions, 2001).

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Cait Johnson

Cait Johnson, MFA, is the author of six books, including Earth, Water, Fire, and Air: Essential Ways of Connecting to Spirit, Witch in the Kitchen, Celebrating the Great Mother and Tarot Games. She has been a counselor for more than 20 years, and teaches workshops on seasonal elemental approaches to self-healing, conscious eating, and soul-nurturing creativity.

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10:18AM PDT on May 20, 2012


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1:47PM PDT on Mar 24, 2012

Grazie per la ricetta.

2:26AM PDT on Sep 11, 2011

Great soup recipe. Thanks for sharing.

11:49PM PDT on Apr 13, 2011

I am going to save this recipe and try it out next week. Nice way to hurry Spring into the indoors. LOL

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11:57PM PDT on Jul 28, 2010

TY Cait...LOVE soup!

5:00AM PDT on May 19, 2010

Sounds great, thanks!

7:19PM PST on Jan 26, 2010

Thanks, Cait; this sounds wonderful!

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