Cleansing Spinach & Leek Soup


This beautiful, rich green soup is packed with all the good stuff! The recipe is from my friend Claire Yates’s book Optimal Health The Paleo Way and it’s the perfect number to add to your rejuvenating recipes box. It’s a lovely cleansing meal – perfect for those days when you feel like having something light and nourishing.

This soup is perfect for batch cooking and meal prep ahead of time. Flavours will develop more over a few days so it’s a great soup to store and to freeze.

What’s good about it: This soup is full of sulphur-rich, liver-loving compounds found in leeks, garlic, cauliflower and broccoli as well as tonnes of antioxidants and vitamins. We recommend adding some shredded chicken or grilled prawns on top for a complete meal. It’s rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, and manganese.

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Paleo Spinach & Leek Soup

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Author: Claire Yates
Servings: 6
Course: Side or Main
Cuisine: Healthy
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5 from 9 votes
Calories: 90kcal
This soup is a great cleansing meal after some overindulging. For a complete meal, add some shredded chicken or a side of meat, fish or chopped egg.


  • 2 tablespoons butter or ghee
  • 2 leeks white parts only, roughly chopped
  • 3-4 cloves garlic roughly chopped
  • 4 sticks celery roughly chopped
  • 1/2 small head cauliflower roughly chopped
  • 2 medium heads broccoli stem included, roughly chopped
  • 8 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 large handfuls baby spinach roughly chopped
  • 1 large handful flat-leaf Italian parsley roughly chopped, plus extra to garnish
  • pinch ground nutmeg
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon coconut cream or dairy cream, to garnish
  • Drizzle of truffle oil to garnish (optional)


  • Heat the butter in a pot over a medium heat. Add the leeks and garlic and cook until the leeks are soft but not brown.
  • Add the celery, cauliflower and broccoli and cook for a further 5 minutes. Add the vegetable stock and bring to the boil, then turn down the heat and simmer for 10–15 minutes or until the cauliflower and broccoli are soft. Add the spinach and parsley and take off the heat as you want them to retain their bright green colour.
  • Blend the mixture to a smooth consistency using a hand blender. Add nutmeg and pepper to taste. Serve in bowls with a dollop of coconut cream, a sprinkle of parsley and a drizzle of truffle oil.


Calories: 90kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 1326mg | Potassium: 265mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2394IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: Spinach, Leeks, Soups, Vegetable Soup
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  1. 5 stars
    Love this soup, and so good for you, it’s cooking right now , can’t wait till its done .

  2. 5 stars
    I love this recipe! I have made it a number of times and it comes out perfect every time! Today I poached chicken breasts in the soup before I added the spinach and it was fabulous. My partner loves it as well! Thank you

  3. 5 stars
    This is so easy, healthy and full of flavor ! Very satisfying as a meal! My new quick supper go to !

  4. 5 stars
    Fantastic! This should be called garden soup with all the ingredients! Mine came out soupier than I’d like, so I’m thinking of reducing the broth, or maybe adding another veggie, such as brussel sprouts or carrots (not sure what color the soup would come out like, and the carrots would have to be fully cooked to be properly blended). Also, the texture was soft, but like cream of wheat due to the cauliflower, so I may try a vitamix blender next time. I added shredded chicken, and switched sour cream for dairy cream, and it was amazing! Really fun soup!

    1. What a great idea to have it as a smoothie alternative! They do say ‘a soup is a new juice’ 😉

  5. 5 stars
    Lovely soup! so much flavour.
    Thanks for sharing this recipe 😊.
    I made it with ghee which gave a flavour boost!

  6. 5 stars
    Delicious! And so nourishing. I’m recovering from jaw surgery, so I pureed the soup and added my medical grade protein powder. Then I sprinkled some nutritional yeast on top.

    The Nutrition rating is for how much soup, please?

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