Pear and Sunflower Seed Soup

We're peary certain you'll love these flavors.

Because this recipe calls for puréed pears, offer to purchase more bruised fruit from your farm stand or local grocer. Chances are, you'll get a discount!

Level: Easy


  • 2 lb. Bartlett pears, quartered
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground cardamom seeds (or 1/4 tsp dried)
  • 1 vanilla pod, split and insides scraped, or 1/2 tsp vanilla paste or vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. ground Saigon cinnamon or conventional cinnamon
  • 1/4 c. sunflower seeds, soaked overnight and drained
  • 1 tbsp. ground hempseed
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 2 qt. water


  1. In a medium pot over high heat, combine the pears, cardamom, vanilla, cinnamon, sunflower seeds, hempseed, lemon juice, and water, cover, and bring to a simmer.
  2. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes, or until the pears are very soft.
  3. Using an immersion blender or countertop blender, purée the soup until very smooth.

Reprinted with permission from Soup Cleanse Cookbook © 2016 by Nicole Centeno, Rodale, Inc.

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