Click above to learn how to make this good-for-you wintertime staple.
Lifestyle: Beneath The Surface

Lean Green Soup’s Vanessa Packer and Nicole Berrie’s
take on a wintertime staple.

You can order it as a lunch special at any deli, diner, or dive, but when founders Vanessa Packer and Nicole Berrie share their take on soup, the quality bar (and nutritional value) goes way up. Here, the digital health and wellness gurus provide a delicious late winter meal suggestion that tastes as good as it looks.

Lean Green Soup with
Shaved Black Truffle

(Serves 4-6)

For Stock:
4 celery stalks, chopped
4 large carrots, peeled and chopped
2 yellow onions, peeled and sliced in half
1 bay leaf
1 bunch fresh dill
1 bunch fresh parsley
1 teaspoon sea salt
8 whole peppercorns
8 cups of water

Combine all ingredients in a large stockpot and bring to a boil. Simmer for 30 minutes. Drain into a separate stockpot. Discard vegetables.

For Soup:
1 large sweet onion, peeled and chopped
2 russet potatoes, peeled and chopped into
bite-sized pieces
1 green zucchini, chopped into bite-sized pieces
2 cups of kale, sliced in thin ribbons
1 cup of broccoli florets, chopped into
bite-sized pieces
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
Sea salt, to taste

For Garnish
1 teaspoon of cold-pressed extra virgin organic
olive oil
Toasted pumpkin seeds
Freshly shaved black truffle (truffle salt will work too)


  1. In a large heavy-bottomed pot, add chopped zucchini, potatoes and onion. Add 6 cups of broth or enough liquid to cover the vegetables. Bring to a boil then lower heat to a simmer for 15 minutes or until potatoes are cooked through.
  2. Add sliced kale and broccoli and continue to simmer until they turn bright green. Immediately turn off heat.
  3. In batches, purée the soup in a high-powered blender.
  4. Add lemon zest and juice. Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  5. Ladle soup into soup bowls and garnish with toasted pumpkin seeds, freshly shaved black truffle and a drizzle of olive oil. Serve immediately.

Shop The Story