Grandma’s Healing Soup Recipe

The author of this wonderful cookbook says heís been making this light restorative soup for his kids when theyíre sick for years–but that itís so delicious, you donít have to be sick to enjoy it! Either way, its luscious fragrance helps to clear the sinuses, with potatoes that are soothing to the digestive tract and a delightful broth filled with spinach, parsley, leeks, and garlic for minerals, vitamins, and healing antioxidants plus some winter root vegetables for sweetness. It reminded Cait of a lovely soup her Grandma used to make.

A steaming bowlful on a cold winter day is so wonderfully soothing
and comforting–and it is very quick to make.


1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large leek, well-washed, white parts only, chopped
1 large carrot, peeled and diced
1 large potato, diced
1 parsnip, peeled and diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
5 cups vegetable stock
Salt to taste
Handful fresh parsley leaves, chopped
Large handful fresh spinach leaves (around 4 ounces), rinsed and coarsely chopped
Freshly-ground black pepper, to taste

1. In a soup pot, heat the olive oil and add the leeks, carrot, potato, parsnip, and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, over medium heat about 5 minutes. Add stock and salt to taste, then bring to a simmer.

2. Simmer soup, partially covered, for about 5 minutes, then stir in parsley and spinach. Simmer, partially covered, about 5 more minutes. Add pepper to taste and serve piping hot.

Serves 4 to 5.

Inspired by Soup Makes the Meal, by Ken Haedrich (Harvard Common Press, 2001).


Magdalena J.
Past Member 3 years ago

Thank you!

Carol de Wijs
Carol Torrance3 years ago

Thank you

Michelle R.
4 years ago

Looks delicious, ty for sharing :)

Dimitris Dallis
Past Member 4 years ago

Thank you Annie. Simple and healthy :)

Lady Kaira
None None4 years ago


Joy S.
Joy s4 years ago

Making me hungry just reading the recipe.

Fi T.
Past Member 4 years ago

Go healthy, go natural

Joanna W.
Joanna W4 years ago


Elena T.
Elena Poensgen4 years ago

Thank you :)

susan a.
susan a4 years ago