Low Carb Soup Recipes can be hard to develop because we have to leave out all of the “good stuff” that most soups contain. This includes thickeners like flour and corn starch and bulking ingredients like pasta and potatoes.
With a few simple tweaks and easy to find ingredients, you can make almost any soup recipe low carb. So if you see a soup recipe out there that you want to transform into a low carb soup, just hit up this post for all of my tips!
I start all of my soups with chicken broth or beef broth. I usually start with at least 4 cups but I do put up to 6 cups. I usually make the broth with a concentrate that you can find in the grocery store in the same section as the broths. This takes up way less pantry space and tastes just as good.
I always wait until my soup is finished cooking to season with salt because these store bought broths can be quite salty.
Another liquid I frequently add to soups is heavy cream! It’s my go-to when I want a creamy soup.
Vegetables are a must in any soup I make. I usually start off a soup with onion, celery, and carrots. I try to keep the onion to a minimum because they do have a lot of carbs in large quantities.
Some other vegetables that are perfect in low carb soups are broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, any kind of squash, pumpkin puree, diced tomatoes, kale, radishes, and spinach.
To replace rice in a soup I use riced cauliflower, and to replace pasta or potatoes, I just use additional vegetables.
THE HERBS AND SPICES
Most of the time I use dried herbs and spices in my soup recipes. These usually include cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika, dried thyme, dried basil, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and onion powder.
Of course there is always shredded chicken breast, but I find that those dry out. I love to add chopped boneless skinless chicken thighs into my low carb soups. Ground beef and stew meat also make good additions. I always cook the meat first before adding the broth.
Bacon is a good addition to soups as well!
My favorite soup thickener is Xanthan gum. It is so easy to use and can be found in most grocery stores. I have found it in Walmart on the baking isle. Since we usually only use less than a teaspoon at a time, the package lasts for a while.
I have also used cream cheese to thicken soups and heavy cream…though these are not as effective as xanthan gum.
To thicken vegetable soups like a creamy cauliflower soup or broccoli soup, you can puree some of it with an immersion blender. This will use the vegetables as a thickener.
10 LOW CARB SOUP RECIPES
With all of that information, here are 10 recipes I have developed just for you!
This Broccoli Cheese Soup is ready in under 30 minutes! I use cheese as the thickener instead of flour. I also give tips to keep the cheese from not melting and sinking to the bottom of the pot.
Leftover Steak Soup – You can make this easy low carb soup recipe in no time at all! Use leftover steak if you have it, or cook up some fresh sirloin. You will not regret it!
Curried Pumpkin Soup – This Pumpkin Curry Soup from Carolyn Ketchum’s cookbook “Keto Soups & Stews” is so perfect for warming you up on a cool Fall day. I made the dairy free version which was so rich and creamy using coconut milk. Can you believe this is ready in 20 minutes and has only 5.4 net carbs?!
This Instant Pot chicken soup is so simple and hearty with lots of veggies. Make it creamy, but still healthy and low carb with the addition of a little heavy cream.
This Cream of Cauliflower Soup recipe has smoky bacon and is gluten free (no roux!), low carb, keto, and really easy to make.
Albondigas Soup is a hearty Mexican meatball soup with a simple soup base made of diced tomatoes, chipotle salsa, and broth.
This Silky smooth Acorn Squash Soup with homemade low carb and gluten free croutons crusted in parmesan cheese is a healthy Fall soup that is creamy and delicious.
Low Carb Chicken Soup with Spaghetti Squash Noodles: A veggie packed low carb soup for that warm and comforting feeling this Fall. Spaghetti squash provide the noodles without all of those pesky carbs!
Low Carb Zuppa Toscana Soup: You will not miss the potatoes in the comforting low carb zuppa toscana soup. Cauliflower makes a nice replacement!
This Instant Pot Beef Stew with Bacon and Mushrooms is so full of flavor and so tender! When you use your electric pressure cooker, you can have beef stew in under an hour!
Soup recipes are one of my favorite recipes to make...especially low carb soup! I give tips on thickening keto soups and stews and vegetables that are best for soup.
- Chicken or beef broth for thickening
- Spices and herbs
- Chicken or Beef
- Low Carb vegetables
- Xanthan gum
These are the essentials for any low carb soup!