How many carbs you consume can greatly affect your diet and the outcome you’re hoping for. Examples of foods high in carbs include candy, sugary breakfast cereals, muffins, potato chips – you get the idea!
Low carb diets focus on finding a healthy source of carbs, fat, and protein. Food low in carbs can help prevent type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
But diets, as we all know, can get boring quickly. Even those subscription services that practically make the food for you have a limited menu.
Staying healthy doesn’t have to be tedious and bland. In fact, there are plenty of low-carb recipes out there that can be tweaked to your preferences!
We’ve pulled together 17 great low-carb soup recipes to showcase just how flavorful and filling a low-carb diet can be.
As we come upon the colder months, these recipes are perfect for keeping you warm, satisfied, and above all, healthy!
We’re going to start with a great keto soup idea! If you’re unfamiliar with the keto diet, it’s a high-fat, low-carb diet engineered to help you lose weight.
If you love fajitas but need to drop the anti-keto ingredients in them, this soup is a great choice. Rich and creamy, it highlights Mexican flavors and is easy to make.
The cream cheese and heavy cream – both keto-friendly – add a creaminess to this soup so you won’t be stuck with something watery and bland.
As a quick tip, use pre-packaged taco seasoning to get the perfect blend of spices.
The words “cabbage soup” can be a turn-off for some people, but before you keep scrolling, check out why we think this low-carb soup is a great option for any night of the week.
This recipe uses a single pot for the entire dish, meaning clean-up is quick and easy. Beef and tomatoes, as well as riced cauliflower, add more flavor and heartiness to the soup. You aren’t just boiling cabbage in a pot and calling it a day!
There are basically only two steps to make this recipe, meaning you’ll have plenty of time to get around to housework, catching up with the kids, or finishing up that TV show you started.
If you find yourself pleasantly surprised by this recipe, check out other cabbage recipes you’ll love.
Bonus: leftovers that don’t lose flavor or texture when re-heated!
Pasta Fagioli is an Italian soup that literally means pasta and beans.
This mouth-watering recipe uses cannellini beans and kidney beans that add a creaminess to the soup, but you can substitute with your preferred beans (and veggies!).
The ingredients list might look intimidating, but it consists mainly of vegetables and spices found in most homes.
With a surprisingly quick prep time, you could have freezer-friendly pasta Fagioli ready to go on a cool autumn day!
Cheeseburgers are not, unfortunately, low-carb friendly. But cheeseburger soup can be!
By cutting out bread but keeping all of the good stuff, including ground beef and mustard (yes – mustard!), you’ll have a soup that packs a punch but cooks quickly.
The secret ingredients in this recipe are heavy whipping cream and cream cheese, both of which make the soup rich and marry beautifully with the spices.
Want to reduce your calorie count as well as your carbs? Cut out the bacon and substitute the butter for oil or ghee.
This soup can be frozen for up to 3 months for future meals.
Slow cookers are a godsend for anyone with a lot going on and no time to make full meals.
In the colder months especially, it’s great to be able to set a slow cooker and know you’ll be coming home to a warm dinner!
If you’re searching for more keto soups, you’ve found one here. Low in carbs but high in fat and moderate in protein, Mexican chicken soup will wake you up with a kick of spices such as cumin and Chipotle chili powder.
Have a little extra time? Make sure you sauté the onion and garlic to caramelize and develop flavors. Short on time? Throw in some frozen chicken breast and follow the Instant Pot instructions.
Looking for a little more crunch with your soup?
Chicken tortilla soup goes great with tortilla chips as an aside. This recipe is keto-friendly and really brings the heat.
What makes this dish pop is the inclusion of jalapeno peppers and various spices.
If you don’t like spicy foods, feel free to cut out the jalapenos, and you’ll still have a ton of flavor!
Considering those who don’t have a lot of time, this recipe utilizes a cooked, store-bought rotisserie chicken as the secret ingredient. Take minutes to prepare, and enjoy for days!
Meatballs are perfect all on their own, so why add them to a soup?
Because this recipe is both keto and paleo-friendly and packs a punch when it comes to heartiness.
Loaded with veggies, this soup can be made quickly and frozen. You can tweak as needed, substituting ground beef for ground turkey or pork.
The secret ingredient here is balsamic vinegar, which adds a depth of flavor and a tartness that’ll get your attention!
We loved the first fajita soup recipe so much that we’re pulling in another.
This recipe makes use of a crockpot, man’s best friend in the kitchen when you’re short on time.
It also strikes a perfect balance; not too heavy to be unbearable for summer months, but not thin on flavor either!
Use a food processor to chop your fresh veggies for a healthy shortcut quickly. Wondering what to serve with your fajitas? Check out our suggestions!
Panera did an amazing job capturing everyone’s attention with their delicious broccoli cheddar soup, but if you’re looking for low-carb soups, this is definitely a contender!
Shredded cheddar cheese and crumbled bacon add a whole new level of texture to this soup.
It’s a healthy option for those who love veggies, with broccoli joining the usual carrots, celery, and onion of a soup base.
If you’re short on time, consider using frozen broccoli florets to make this process quicker.
You probably weren’t expecting to see queso show up on a list of healthy low-carb soups, but here it is!
And with good reason. This recipe is keto-friendly and chicken, egg, gluten, and nut-free! You really can please everyone.
Despite only using one pot, it makes good use of an army of interesting and healthy ingredients, including jalapenos, pico de gallo, and avocados.
Swap out some ingredients for vegan products if you’re trying to avoid dairy! If not, the cream cheese guarantees a thick, creamy soup that the whole family will love.
This recipe stands out thanks to its hearty, healthy ingredients! Kale, sun-dried tomatoes and onion are simmered in a cream base to create a delicious blend of flavors.
Soups are great for the colder months, and this one is sure to warm you up from the inside out.
The recipe calls for hot Italian sausage, but if you don’t want that extra kick of heat, choose a mild Italian sausage or other options such as pork or chicken sausage.
The secret ingredient here is the parmesan cheese, adding a creaminess and mouth-watering tanginess!
The name says it all; this soup is keto and low carb friendly.
Zuppa Toscana, literally translating to Tuscan Soup, can cover a wide variety of recipes. This one calls for Italian sausage, cauliflower, kale, and bacon.
The low carb secret in this recipe is cauliflower, often used as a replacement for potatoes.
Surprisingly, your soup won’t come out tasting like cauliflower and will retain that creamy, brothy flavor thanks to heavy cream and red pepper flakes.
This is our third recipe using Italian sausage, and for a good reason!
Italian sausage gives soups a little kick of flavor and heat as well as protein. It’s easy to prepare; just cut it into thick chunks and throw it right in! It cooks quickly and adds flavor to any soup.
The cream cheese gives this dish its low carb richness. Blending the cream cheese ahead of time is our pro tip; mix it with some wet ingredients (such as a bit of broth) before adding it into the main mixture.
Oregano, basil, and zucchini create a distinctly Italian flavor profile in this soup – perfect for filling family dinners!
This chicken cauliflower rice combo is one of our best healthy, low-carb soups.
It’s similar to chicken noodle soup but substitutes nutrient-rich cauliflower for carb-dense noodles.
Cauliflower rice has become quite popular in the last few years and is essentially just grated cauliflower. This particular recipe adds a healthy alternative and texture to the soup.
Make sure you sauté the veggies ahead of time, not only to soften them and make prep easier but to really break out those rich flavors!
Keto chicken soup has only 7.6 grams of net carbs per serving, making this an amazing option for those watching their carb consumption.
It’s packed with vitamins, minerals, and collagen, which is great for your gut.
Pro tip – if you have the time and you’re interested in making your own broth for this soup, keep chicken bones from your roast chicken and freeze them to use in future broths!
You can also throw in chicken thighs if you’re looking for a richer, darker meat alternative.
Who doesn’t love a crockpot? They make life easier, especially when it comes to the soup!
You can essentially toss in your ingredients with little to no prep, set the heat, and come back to a fully finished and ready-to-go meal.
This taco soup only uses five simple ingredients, most of which you might already have in the cupboard.
If you’re not familiar with Rotel, it’s a brand of canned tomatoes and green chili; you can easily make it on your own by buying the ingredients separately.
To add your own spin on this dish, put together a mix of spices that you love to use for taco seasoning. This might include chili pepper, cilantro, cumin, and more!
You probably weren’t expecting egg drop soup to show up on our list, were you?
This soup is a favorite among those who love Chinese. It’s incredibly simple; just eggs beaten into a broth. Restaurants usually add condiments such as salt, pepper, and scallions for some flavor.
Carbs are almost non-existent in egg drop soup, but it’s still delicious and great for getting over a cold. Kids love the simple but comforting taste and will, without a doubt, ask for more.
If you’re looking to make a healthier version of this recipe, buy or make your own bone broth, which is incredibly rich in minerals, vitamins, and essential fatty acids.
- 1 pound (450g) Hot Italian sausage
- 1 large chopped onion
- 3 cloves minced garlic
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 c sun-dried tomatoes - drained and chopped
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 6 c low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 bunch kale
- 3/4 c heavy whipping cream
- 1/4 c freshly grated Parmesan
- Fresh chopped parsley
- Sauté Italian sausage either in a pan or directly in your instant pot for 3-5 minutes. The edges should be brown and fragrant, and you should be able to break the meat down easily with a spoon or fork
- Add the garlic, onion, and oregano into the pot with the meat. Cook 2-3 minutes, stirring often until the onions are translucent.
- Add in the broth and sun-dried tomatoes, as well as salt and pepper to your preference.
- Set your instant pot to high pressure and cook the soup for 5-8 minutes
- Re-set the pot to sauté mode and add in kale, stirring until wilted.
- Additionally, stir in heavy cream for about 1 minute.
- Serve with parmesan and parsley to garnish if desired!