Primordial Soup

Patrick Holford’s Primordial Soup

This soup recipe is from Patrick Holford’s 9 Day Liver Detox, which is the easiest detox diet in the world.  Every recipe is so delicious you almost want to stay on the diet forever.  For those of you who don’t know Patrick Holford – he is Britain’s leading nutrition expert, and author of over thirty books on diet, health and nutrition.  He is a charismatic speaker and if you get the chance to see him you will come out of his talks wanting to throw out all the bad foods in your grocery cupboard and turn into a health freak.  I never miss any of his talks when he is in South Africa.


The soup is highly regarded as a health tonic because it contains foods that provide key nutrients to ensure good health. It is rich in vitamin E and beta-carotene as well as anti-inflammatory onions, garlic and ginger. The coconut milk contains triglycerids which are special kinds of saturated fat which are not stored as fat, but are used to give you energy. Coconut is also thought to fight infection and help thyroid function.


If you do his 9 Day Liver Detox diet, you will lose weight, boost your energy levels,  and give your skin a healthy glow.  Apart from giving you all the detox details, the book  also has great recipes for soups, breakfasts, salads and puddings.

5 from 2 votes
Patrick Holford's Primordial Soup
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins

 Fom Patrick Holford’s 9 Day Liver Detox 

Course: Soup
Cuisine: English
Servings: 2
Author: Patrick Holford
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil or ( medium - not extra virgin ) olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion , chopped roughly
  • 1 clove garlic , crushed
  • 1 large carrot or 2 medium ones , peeled and chopped
  • 1 large sweet potato or 2 medium ones. Do not peel , just chop to the same size as the carrot to ensure even cooking.
  • 1 heaped tsp grated fresh root ginger
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp reduced salt vegetable stock
  • 1/2 red pepper diced
  • 75 m (2 1/2fl oz) coconut milk
  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and gently saute the onion and garlic for a few minutes until they start to soften but do not brown.
  2. add the carrot, sweet potato, ginger, turmeric and stock powder. Just cover with boiling water and bring to the boil. Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes or until the vegetables are soft.
  3. add the red pepper and coconut milk.
  4. At this stage Patrick says to blend the soup until thick and smooth.
  5. We like to eat it, as is with the vegetables in chunks.


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  • Reply Colleen June 18, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    I enjoy Patrick Holford very much. Have a few of his books. I am on a detox journey at the moment and will definitely try this. Thank you for sharing xx

    • Reply Ev June 18, 2013 at 10:36 AM

      I think you will love this Colleen

  • Reply Anne October 29, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    Love this soup…made it a couple of times …feedback was very positive. ..and yum!
    hard to believe it’s so good for you.

    • Reply Ev October 29, 2013 at 5:03 AM

      Its also so quick to make – which is even better. I think I will post a few more of Patrick Holfords soups from the 9 Day Liver Detox diet. They are all yummy.

  • Reply Anne January 18, 2014 at 1:10 AM

    Hi Ev have made the primordial soup a few times now and it is delicious…even the non-soup drinker liked it! Found your website when I was searching for this recipe….have the same interests I.e. food ,photography travel… impressed with your French market piece….love to visit markets wherever I go even here at home!

    • Reply Ev January 18, 2014 at 2:03 PM

      Thanks Anne,glad you enjoy my site. Where is home to you?

      • Reply Anne February 27, 2014 at 8:11 PM

        Anne Hi Ev. Home is Dublin Ireland have you ever been here? I haven’t been to SA
        yet it’s on the long list of things to go and places to go.

        • Reply Ev March 2, 2014 at 9:32 PM

          Hi Anne, I havent been to Ireland, but have been to Wales and England. Would love to do it one day.

          • Anne March 4, 2014 at 3:35 PM

            How did you get started on your blog? Did you just do it? Am thinking of starting one myself but don’t know where to start.

          • Ev March 4, 2014 at 4:17 PM

            Hi Anne, Read my post One Year of Shades of Cinnamon, where I explain exactly how I started. If you want to start, just do it. If you procrastinate it never happens and in a few years you will wish you had done it earlier. You meet so many amazing people over the internet who are likeminded, and you learn so much in the process. If you want any more information please email me at and I will help you with anything you want to know. Good luck .

  • Reply mercia jacobs February 3, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    Ev, love the ‘PRINT’ option … i”ve just printed it quickly and dying to make it! Just LOVE your Blog… xx

    • Reply Ev February 3, 2014 at 9:04 AM

      Hi Mers, Al the recipes have print options xxx

  • Reply Anne March 6, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Hi Ev Thank you for your sweet comments and encouragement…will check out your previous work..

  • Reply Liz November 19, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    I love Patrick Holfirds and this soup was so quick and easy. A 5 star recipe for sure

  • Reply Anonymous November 19, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Made this and loved it. Took me a total of 15 minutes. My kind of recipe

  • Reply Bjarne August 8, 2019 at 11:25 AM

    I’m a “healthy living” chef and this soup is fantastic! For something worthy of a dinner party, decant the soup from the pot into a blender. The result is a sublime smooth thick wintery soup. I add a little chopped fresh red chilli before blending for a bit of a kick and then garnish with fresh coriander (cilantro in the US) and it’s suddenly a Thai dish!

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