Gut Healing Homemade Soup

Gut Healing Homemade Soup

For the Vegan version, go here.

This Gut Healing Soup recipe is one of my favorites to share with those who have digestive or liver issues.  I adapted the recipe from a few Naturopaths who have mentored me over the years and have since shared this recipe with other doctors who say it is a very healing meal for the gut and liver.

As many of us are in the thick of summer I can assure you, this soup tastes just as outstanding chilled as it does piping hot; indeed a nurturing snack or meal for any season.

Ashley’s Gut Healing Homemade Soup

You will need a good sized Stockport. I love and use this one:

I own two of them so I can make the soup in one and simmer bone broth in the other.

It takes a minimum of simmering bones for 24 hours on your stove to make bone broth. If you want it much quicker because you don’t feel safe cooking overnight or while you are away from the house then you will want this electric stainless steel pressure cooker:

In 3 hours with that pressure cooker, you will have excellent bone broth. That specific one is my favorite model. Three hours in a pressure cooker is like 24 hours of simmering on your stove.

We often have to add a bit more salt afterward, but it’s best to under season than over season. Plus there is natural salt in vegetables, which is the healthiest place to get your salt from!
I have another variation if this soup when I use my Vitamix ( instead of an immersion blender. In that case, I will take the bone broth, and the chopped up raw veggies and blend them together then simmer for a few minutes. This preserves a lot of the enzymes and phytonutrients in the veggies, which is also healing. Both ways are good, the one with the Vitamix is better for those that do not have an acute digestive issue. 

For those with acute digestive issues, the veggies should be cooked for the full 20 to 30min. 

If you want a more “raw” experience, then blend the chopped veggies with the hot bone broth until fully blended with the Vitamix and serve without boiling the veggies.

Gut Healing Homemade Soup
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Note: All organic if possible
  1. 4 lbs of organic, grass-fed marrow beef bones
  2. 2 sliced sweet potatoes (optional for thickness)
  3. 1 sliced cabbage (green or purple - both have gut healing properties)
  4. 1 large leek or onion
  5. 3 sliced beets (save beet greens for the end)
  6. 2-3 inches of ginger
  7. Chopped bunch of cilantro (pulls heavy metals out of body)
  8. 3 bunches of watercress (very healing)
  9. 1lb of organic grass fed ground beef or lamb (only for those who want a meaty soup)
  10. Note: For Vegans: You can substitute the meat with soaked legumes. One cup of legumes 18g of protein and lots of healthy fiber to thicken the soup.
  1. Garlic, Bay leaf, pepper, favorite spices, turmeric
  2. Chopped bunch of kale or char
  3. Chopped beet greens
Bone Broth
  1. 4 lbs of organic, grass-fed marrow beef bones
  2. Fill extra large stock pot with water OR use this pressure cooker to make it much faster
  3. Optional - add a few oz of red wine vinegar
  4. Simmer for 24+ hours OR use your pressure cooker for 3 hours
  5. Take ALL bones out of broth (can be used one more time) once cooled place the bones in a bag and in the freezer till you are ready to use them again.
Add (all organic)
  1. 2 sliced sweet potatoes (optional for a thicker soup)
  2. 1 sliced cabbage
  3. 1 large leek or onion
  4. 2-3 sliced beets (save beet greens for the end)
  5. 2-3 inches of ginger
  6. Optional: Garlic, Bay leaf, pepper, favorite spices
  7. Let simmer for 20 minutes.
Then add
  1. 1lb of organic grass fed ground beef (can sub for ground lamb)
  2. OR, for meatless can skip the meat or add 2 cups of cooked legumes.
  3. Stir and turn off heat. The ground beef (or legumes) will continue to cook, but will not be overcooked, if you turn the heat off at this point.
  1. Watercress
  2. Chopped bunch of kale or char
  3. Chopped beet greens
  4. Chopped bunch of cilantro
  5. Optional: You can also add any leftover cooked veggies at this point that are in your fridge from yesterday's meals.
  6. Take a strong hand blender (I use this one and have been very impressed by it: )
  7. And puree for 5 minutes. This will blend all of the wonderful flavors and blend the ground beef (or legumes), so there are no chunks. Depending on your broth to veggie ratio, you will have a super thick, almost stew-like soup, or a more delicate brothie soup.
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Healthy Digestive System

If you eat this soup for one meal per day for a week, you will see a shift in your digestive health. My husband used this same recipe to cured his lifelong constipation. Because of the healthy, healing fiber and the cabbage and the many nutrients veggies and herbs bring, I have seen this soup help a lot of people through the years, so I am happy to bring it to you today.  The beets are healing for the liver. Each vegetable and herb has its own healing property that adds up to make this an excellent healing soup! It is VERY filing too. Men like it because of how hearty it is! Almost like chili! And such a great way to sneak lots of veggies into the men in the house. Tell them it’s a beef stew, and they love it. Haha!

If you do not resonate with beef, then you can use chicken or turkey necks to make a great bone broth. Or buy already made bone broth to save time.

And you can choose to leave the ground lamb or beef out if you need a lighter soup.

If you are meatless, then use filtered or spring water as the foundation for the soup.

Also, for right now I suggest lightly simmering your veggies for 20min before blending as your gut will benefit from the soft, predigested and gentle fiber.

When your gut is stronger, you can try this recipe the more “raw” version where you blend the raw chopped veggies with hot broth then simmer briefly just to warm it. That version has different enzymes and nutrients intact. But should only be consumed after you can handle raw veggies.

To Your Health!

Ashley James

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