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Velvety Spring Greens Soup

Velvety Spring Greens Soup

This vibrant green soup has a smooth-as-velvet texture without dairy, while the star ingredient–flat-leaf parsley–makes it a powerhouse of good nutrition. Parsley is rich in a volatile oil thought to inhibit tumor growth and neutralize carcinogens, while its abundant flavonoids are great anti-oxidants. This simple soup is low in calories but big on taste, good health, and sensuous appeal.

Imagine sipping a bowl of it, garnished with fresh chive flowers, on a terrace overlooking the first flowers of a garden in Provence. Bees hum. Birds sing. Everything looks, tastes, and smells like spring. Read the recipe here:


1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 large Yukon Gold potato, peeled and diced
4 cups good-quality vegetable broth
5 cups (loosely packed) Italian flat-leaf parsley, excluding stems (about 2 large bunches)
Sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
For garnish: croutons, chive flowers, snipped fresh herbs, a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil, or a grating of fresh Parmesan cheese

1. In a large heavy-bottomed soup pot over medium-low heat, heat the olive oil, then add onion and garlic. Cover and allow to cook about 3 minutes, stirring a few times, until the onion is softened. Add potato and broth and increase heat to high, bringing mixture to a boil.

2. Cover and reduce heat to medium and simmer about 10 minutes, until potato is tender. Remove cover, add parsley and cook 2 minutes, until parsley has wilted.

3. Puree soup in a blender or food processor in batches, or use a handheld immersion blender, until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

4. Serve in individual bowls, topped with one of the optional garnishes, if desired.

Serves 4.

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Inspired by a recipe in Body and Soul magazine (May, 2006).

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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10:25PM PDT on Jul 31, 2011

Recipe sounds good. Love it. Thanks.

12:32AM PDT on Jul 10, 2011

Thanks for the article.

12:23AM PST on Feb 3, 2010

thanks I love soup

7:21PM PST on Jan 26, 2010

Delicious! Thanks for the recipe, Annie.

1:29AM PST on Jan 26, 2010

Looks appealingly delicious. This versatile recipe is easy to make! Thanks for the push.
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