Upgraded Vegetable Soup Recipe


Nothing is better than a cup of homemade vegetable soup. The unique combo of veggies and collagen create a deliciously filling, warm meal.

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This healing, cleansing vegetable soup recipe will become a staple at your house like it is at mine. Upgrade it to a meal by adding optional collagen powder.

Earlier this year my friend, Kathleen, texted me a recipe for Bieler’s Broth. If you haven’t ever heard of Bieler’s Broth, you aren’t alone! It was new to me as well. Apparently this healing vegetable soup recipe was created by Dr. Henry Bieler, a clinical nutritionist and author of the book Food Is Your Best Medicine. Read on to find out why I love this vegetable soup recipe and how I’ve upgraded it.

Homemade vegetable soup recipe

The broth starts with garden fresh veggies – bonus points if you actually have these in your garden. 😉 It’s a great way to use garden zucchini. The combination of zucchini, string beans, celery, and parsley yield a vegetable soup recipe that is simple, cleansing, nourishing and totally plant-based. So much to love. And while the recipe as written can be a little plain, it’s a great base for adding some extra goodness in there to season it up a bit. A little garlic, salt, and pepper gives the soup a lot of flavor without taking away from its healing benefits. I prefer it very mild and simple, especially if I’m feeling a little under the weather.

Ingredients for upgraded homemade vegetable soup

Why this vegetable soup recipe is good for you:

This vegetable soup recipe is perfect for when you’re stressed out and craving high sugar, high carb meals. Those foods can mess with your adrenal glands and make your body more acidic that it should be. This recipe (plus green smoothies + plant-based meals!) is how we can balance our body out. I just had it for dinner and it’s doing the body some good. The heavy dose of fresh greens is a great way to help restore your body to an alkaline state and reset the “sodium-potassium” balance to your organs and glands. You ready for some green soup?!

Ancient Nutrition Keto Collagen supplement

And now for the upgrade!

This broth on its own does have all of those benefits I discussed, but it is a very light soup. To add extra gut-healing, calming benefits and a hit of protein, I like to add Dr. Axe Keto Collagen. (Note: this soup may not fit into a strict keto diet.) That boost of protein coupled with the coconut oil and veggies makes this a complete meal.

Homemade vegetable soup in mason jars

This makes a TON of soup, so it also ticks off the box of creating something healthy and delicious that I can freeze in smaller portions for later.

So tell me down in the comments… have you tried Bieler’s Broth before?

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Here’s the recipe!

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Upgraded Vegetable Soup Recipe – Bieler’s Broth

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This healing, cleansing vegetable soup recipe helps to alkalize the body and bring it back into balance, especially if you’ve been eating too much sugar and/or processed foods. Add collagen powder for a protein boost without altering the flavor or texture.


  • 4 medium zucchini, chopped and ends discarded⠀
  • 1 pound string beans, ends trimmed⠀
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped⠀
  • 1 bunch parsley, tough stems removed⠀
  • 4 cups alkaline water⠀
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil⠀
  • Optional: Collagen Powder


  1. Place all ingredients (except coconut oil and optional collagen powder) in a pot and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes.⠀ Healing Vegetable Soup Recipe | SimpleGreenSmoothies.com
  2. Puree soup and coconut oil in a blender in batches (covered!). Add collagen powder and blend again, if using. Healing Vegetable Soup Recipe | SimpleGreenSmoothies.com
  3. Eat warm and season with salt and pepper, if desired.⠀ Healing Vegetable Soup Recipe | SimpleGreenSmoothies.com


Use caution and make sure to vent the blender lid and cover with a towel and start blending on low speed to prevent the hot soup from splattering.

  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Bieler’s Broth Recipe

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About Jen Hansard

Mom of 2, ran across the Grand Canyon and lover of smoothies, coffee & tacos. I transformed my family's health with a plant-based diet. I also found myself again along the way.

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  1. Cholita BRAZA says:

    It’s an amazing soup.
    One day I came back home from work felt so cold and hungry, as it is winter. As I was sitting down and relaxing for awhile, I came across this recipe, without any hesitation I dump all the engridients inside the pot. After 20 mins I have this soup.
    Felt relieve and satisfied. And have my energy back. Highly recommended.
    Thank you for sharing.

  2. Jessica says:

    I recently had gum surgery and am dealing with pretty bad mouth pain as well as no real desire to eat. I made a batch of this soup and included MCT oil and Vital Proteins collagen powder and it’s been a lifesaver. I sprinkled Trader Joe’s Umami Seasoning on top and it was delicious. This recipe surprised me and I’ll be making it again, both with and without the fat + protein additions.

  3. Sarah says:

    I’m excited to try this! How much collagen powder do you recommend adding? I don’t think I see that listed in the recipe.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Sarah, the recipe serves 6 so I would add 6 servings of collagen powder. That amount will vary, depending on the brand of powder you’re using.

  4. Marie Marsden says:

    This is one recipe that does not require upgrading with the addition of oil and protein. I have made the original recipe and others in my family have been making Brieler broth for decades. Although it is tempting to alter, there is a reason to keep it vegetable based and bland. The benefits of Bieler Broth are toward restoring the imbalances in the body, and for detoxifying and that is probably why Dr. Bieler did not include oil and protein. Don’t get me wrong, your additions are great to any soup recipe for that matter, just don’t use the name “Bieler Broth” in the title “Upgraded Vegetable Soup Recipe – Bieler’s Broth”.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Marie,

      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on this recipe. We love Bieler’s Broth on it’s own as we said in the article. This option is for those who are wanting to make it into a meal so that is why we have you add in the protein and the fats 🙂

  5. Arian Buffkin says:

    I am very excited to try this recipe!!! Can other veggies or fresh herbs be added without changing the basic nature of this soup??

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Arian,

      You totally can!! Feel free to make it your own and add whatever you are craving 🙂


  6. Debbie says:

    I like heat so I added jalapeno pepper, I also added tumeric & nutritional yeast for an added boost. The soup is very good but next time I will use less coconut oil, little over powering for me.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Oh yum!! Those additions sound really delicious.

      Thank you for sharing that with us!

  7. Ayda says:

    looking forward to this nice green soup … but this Keto Collagen, can I replace it for something else ? I have never seen that that here where i live (outside US). ThanKs

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Ayda,

      Cannot wait for you to try this delicious soup recipe! As for the collagen if you do not have it available to you, you can just leave it out.


  8. Peterann says:

    I have been reading a lot of things on coconut oil and it basically has said that it will raise cholesterol levels if used often. As, I am over 65 I certainly don’t want to raise my cholesterol levels. Can you leave out the CIC ut oil? What purpose does it have in the soup. Many heart specialists recommend no oil of any kind.
    So I guess I wonder what makes SGS still promoting its use.?

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Peterann,

      We know that many people have difference of opinion especially when it comes to nutrition. However, we absolutely love coconut oil here at SGS because of all the amazing health benefits it gives your body and we see for ourselves. If you would prefer to not have he coconut oil feel free to leave it out of the recipe.

      Hope that helps!

  9. Beverly Ipso says:

    I appreciate the help and tips for the new soups!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Beverly,

      You are welcome! We hope you enjoy this new recipe!! 🙂

  10. Kaz Gachingu says:

    Great….Thank you for sharing this with us

  11. Dana says:

    I’d like to try this recipe, but I don’t like coconut in any form and so many recipes call for coconut oil. What other oil can I use? Would avocado oil work in this recipe?

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Dana,

      Totally understand not wanting to use the coconut oil. I have brothers that gag at the thought of it haha You could substitute the coconut oil for MCT oil.

      Hope you enjoy the recipe!

  12. Carissa Vanderford says:

    I cannot wait to make this. It sounds like exactly what I need!

  13. Jodi Sutton says:

    Are there any substitutes for the animal based collagen powder that are plant based? It is. O longer vegan or vegetarian with that added, but the boost it gives sounds good if it can be made cleaner.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Jodi,

      You can totally swap out the collagen here with any plant based collagen you prefer! Plant based collagen is slightly different then regular collagen but it still has amazing benefits for your body.

  14. Lauren says:

    What is collagen powder? What is alkaline water? Sorry to sound clueless

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Lauren,

      I am happy to help!

      Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body. It is the major component of connective tissues that make up several body parts, including tendons, ligaments, skin and muscles. Consuming collagen may have a variety of health benefits, from relieving joint pain to improving skin health.

      Alkaline water has a higher pH level than regular drinking water. Because of this, it is known to neutralize the acid in your body.

      Hope that helps! 🙂

  15. Rebecca says:

    I was looking forward to making this, but I recently read pregnant women shouldn’t “overconsume” parsley. Not sure where the line is on that, as other resources I’ve read have indicated that parsley has many benefits during pregnancy. Would you recommend this soup as-is during pregnancy, and if not, do you have any recommendations for a parsley substitute? I’m right in the middle of my second trimester (21 weeks) if that matters.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Rebecca,

      I am not sure how to answer that because this is the first I have heard about parsley not being good during pregnancy. I consumed parsley during both my pregnancies so I would suggest talking with your doctor to make sure. You can substitute parsley for basil or cilantro if you prefer. 🙂

  16. Martha says:

    Alkaline water? I know there are very expensive systems for the home to make this, but I am guessing most of us will have to just use regular filtered water.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Martha,

      Filtered water is a great option as well if you do not have access to alkaline water.


  17. Louise says:

    Can you substitute string beans or just leave them out?

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Louise,

      If you are not a fan of string beans you can totally leave them out and add more zucchini and celery to make up the difference.

  18. jil zimmerman says:

    I’ve been making Beilers Broth for about 35 years now and it’s great to see some new interest in this fabulous eating program from Dr. Beiler. LOVE it!!!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Jil,

      Yay!! We completely agree and that is why we wanted to share this amazing recipe.

      Hope you enjoy it!

  19. Polly says:

    I hate to be a nitpicker…but…How much parsley is “1 bunch”? Should I be adding 1 cup, 2cups…?

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Polly,

      Of course I am happy to help!

      We like to say “1 bunch” because that is how it’s sold when you buy it fresh. The amount in measurements is 1 cup.
      Cannot wait for you to try it!! 🙂

  20. Daniel Mottayaw says:

    Making this for my pregnant wife! Can’t wait.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Thanks Dan!

      We hope that your wife enjoys it!! 🙂


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