Delicious keto and low-carb soup recipe ideas. Whether you’re in the mood for BBQ chicken, fish stew, or something meat-free, we’ve got the dish for you.
I’m a bit of a soup fiend. I think a lot of people think they’re bland, flavored water, but this just isn’t true. Soups are a great way to get creative with ingredients and can be adapted for all diets, including keto. We can easily make something hearty and delicious, all while keeping the carbs and sugar to a minimum. So here are 17 brilliant low-carb soups for you to try and be inspired by this year.
West African Groundnut Chicken
There are variations of groundnut soup throughout West Africa, but the one thing they all have in common is peanut butter base. The peanut butter melds with ginger and scotch bonnet peppers to give the stew a sweet, spicy, and creamy flavor.
West African groundnut soup is a relatively simple soup to make. Start by sautéing spiced chicken, then add tomatoes, onions, peppers, and the peanut butter base. Once the ingredients are combined, you can just let it simmer for one hour.
West African groundnut soup is a thick and fragrant soup that combines a variety of unlikely flavors. This dish is best served with a starchy side, such as rice or bread.
Ground Beef & Shredded Cabbage
Cabbage soup is a hearty, one-pot meal that’s quick and easy to make. It’s a great keto option because it’s low in carbs but full of flavor.
The cabbage in this soup provides a healthy dose of nutrients, but it doesn’t offer much flavor. The beef adds a heartiness to the soup, while the blend of seasonings really rounds out the dish.
After sautéing your veggies, cook your beef until browned. Last, you’ll add canned tomatoes, cabbage, and your seasoning and simmer for 25 minutes.
Cabbage soup is a flavorful option for keto diets. If you’d like to add a bit of bulk to your meal, you can serve it up with a side of keto-friendly bread.
Bacon & Sausage Zuppa Toscana
This keto-friendly Zuppa Toscana recipe is a twist on Olive Garden’s version. It’s a hearty soup that combines sausage, bacon, cauliflower, and spinach to provide a delicious autumn dish.
The flavor the sausage adds will depend on which style you choose. Similarly, you can add the bacon during the cooking process or as a garnish at the end.
Zuppa Toscana is as simple as they come. All you have to do is brown your meat, then toss in your broth and veggies, except for the spinach. Let it cook for 15 minutes, then add the spinach and cream.
What makes this soup so delicious is the combination of bacon, sausage, and creamy broth. Try serving this soup with a nice salad or a side of low-carb breadsticks.
Tuscan Sausage & Cream Cheese
This Creamy Keto Tuscan Soup is another spin on the Olive Garden classic, only with the added zip of roasted red peppers.
The sausage and roasted red peppers are the stars of the show in this dish. The sausage gives it that nice, hearty flavor, while the peppers add a surprising bite to the classic recipe.
The first step for this recipe is to brown your sausage. Next, start cooking up your veggies, then finish with your liquids and spinach.
The cream cheese and heavy cream in this recipe give it a heartiness that makes it a great meal on its own. A small salad will work perfectly if you want to add a side.
Instant Pot Tuscan Sausage & Kale
If the last two recipes for Tuscan soup sound appealing but you prefer to avoid a messy stovetop, this keto instant pot soup will be perfect.
The Italian sausage gives this dish the bulk of its flavor. The sun-dried tomatoes add a robust and tart taste that complements the other ingredients perfectly.
The nice thing about this Tuscan stew recipe is that it’s all done in your Instant Pot. Once your sausage is browned and drained, you add in your veggies, then your broth and tomatoes. Finish it off with kale and heavy cream.
The combination of sausage and sun-dried tomatoes really takes this soup to a new level. It’s hearty, fresh, and perfect for a chilly winter day.
Cauliflower, Tomato & Green Bean
Vegetable soup is always a great option if you want something warm, healthy, and filling. This low-carb vegetable soup satisfies all of those requests and is chock full of flavor, too.
The combination of sautéed onions and peppers gives this soup a flavorful base that melds with the more mild cauliflower. The added touch of garlic provides enough flavor that additional seasonings are purely optional.
This veggie soup is simple to make. All you have to do is sautée your onions, peppers, and garlic, then toss in the rest of your ingredients and let it simmer.
Since this recipe doesn’t have any added carbs, it’s an excellent keto-friendly choice. If you want to experiment a bit, try adding a dash of smoked paprika or ginger root to give your soup a fun twist.
Bacon Cheeseburger & Jalapeños
One of the best things about fall is comfort foods, and this Keto Bacon Cheeseburger Soup fits the bill perfectly. This soup’s combination of cheese and bacon will satisfy your cheeseburger craving, and the jalapenos bring an extra dash of heat that makes this soup stand out.
This soup is a cinch to make. After browning your beef and sautéing your onions in the Instant Pot, toss in the rest of your ingredients. Set it for 15 minutes, and you’ll be enjoying your soup in no time.
This soup is great if you’re craving a bacon cheeseburger but need the comfort of a hot bowl of soup. The pickled jalapenos give it a nice zing, but you can leave them out if you aren’t a fan of spice.
Chicken Jalapeno Poppers
The best way to make jalapeno poppers even more impressive is to combine them with chicken to make a spicy autumn soup. This jalapeño popper chicken soup does precisely that.
Shredded chicken really adds a great texture to this soup. The mix of cheddar cheese, cream cheese, and heavy cream provides a base that tastes like it’s right out of your favorite sports bar.
This is another Instant Pot recipe, which means it’s quick and easy to make. All you do is throw everything in the pot except for your cheeses and xanthan gum. Cook for 30 minutes, shred the chicken and return it, plus your cheeses and xanthan gum, to the pot and finish it up.
This soup has a lot going for it. Not only is it delicious, but it’s also quite hearty. You can serve it up with a side of tortillas chips to give it a nice crunch.
Chicken Thighs & Cauliflower Rice
Chicken soup is a staple in the colder months, especially when you need a pick-me-up. You don’t want to get stuck with something complicated to make, though, which is why this chicken soup recipe is perfect.
Riced cauliflower is an excellent replacement for the traditional rice you’d find in a dish like this. In addition, the boneless chicken thighs bring extra flavor to the soup that you won’t get from chicken breasts.
What’s great about this soup is that it’s only three steps: sauté your veggies, add your spices, and stir in the rest of your ingredients.
This soup packs the right combination of nutrients and flavor. So if you’re in the mood for something simple and flavorful, this soup is just what you need.
Ginger, Egg & Green Onion
With just eight ingredients, this low-carb egg drop soup will become a quick staple in your home. It’s perfect for chilly days or if you’re looking for something warm that’s on the lighter side.
Getting the egg ribbons just right will require a lot of whisking, but they’re what give this soup the bulk of its flavor. The chicken stock rounds out the soup with a nice hearty flavor.
Start by bringing everything but the eggs to a rolling boil. Once your ingredients are boiling, slowly whisk in your eggs to make your egg ribbons. Finish with a thickener.
This is another 3-step soup recipe, which is perfect if you’re feeling under the weather. You’ll want to serve this soup immediately.
Shredded Beef, Diced Tomato & Cabbage
This Instant Pot cabbage soup recipe is a tasty, nutrient-rich dish that will satisfy all of your comfort food cravings.
The cabbage in this soup makes it an excellent pressure-cooker recipe, while the beef and vegetables provide a wholesome, autumn-worthy dish.
After browning your beef and sautéing your veggies, all you have to do is toss everything in the pressure cooker and press start. It’s that easy.
This dish could easily replace your standard beef and veggie soup. Not only is it healthy, but it’s also comforting and perfect for cold weather.
Chicken, Carrot & Jicama
Traditional chicken soup is usually packed with heavy carbs, such as noodles or potatoes. This keto-friendly version of the classic puts a twist on your old favorite to make it even better.
The surprising addition to this soup is jicama, which is a perfect substitute for carb-heavy potatoes. In addition, chicken and carrots make this soup even denser, making it quite filling.
This recipe calls for a whole chicken, but you can use whichever cut you’d prefer. After you’ve prepared the broth and meat, add in your veggies and serve.
This chicken soup recipe is perfect if you want to have leftovers. You can portion it out and freeze it so you can quickly reheat the next time a chilly day makes you want to stay warm inside.
Brazilian Fish Stew
Brazilian fish stew is a traditional recipe that’s perfect for keto diets. Its rich flavor and flaky fish will give you a break from the old standards.
You can choose whichever fish you’d like for this dish, but the recipe here calls for mackerel because it’s both healthy and sustainable. The fish stock really rounds out the rich flavors of the stew.
Once you’ve sautéed up your onions, peppers, and garlic, you can add the rest of your ingredients, saving the fish for last. Once your stew has been reduced by one-fifth, add the fish and cook until flaky.
To see the full potential of this stew, serve it up with some rice or plantains. Not only will they add a bit of bulk, but they’ll bring out the flavors too.
Beef Taco Stew & Ranch Dressing
This 5-ingredient, 20-minute taco soup recipe is the perfect quick meal or weekend recipe. The taco seasoning and ranch dressing give this soup dish its extra kick, making it really stand out.
Start out by browning your beef and taco seasoning. Once your beef is cooked, add in the broth, tomatoes, and a bit more seasoning. Finish with ranch dressing.
You can choose whichever toppings you like for this soup, but shredded cheese, cilantro, or avocado are great additions. If you’d prefer to skip the dairy, you can use a paleo-friendly ranch that will provide just as much flavor.
Diced Chicken Taco Stew & Chipotle Chili
If you’re looking for a taco soup recipe that calls for chicken instead of beef, look no further than this chicken taco soup. It packs all of your favorite Mexican flavors plus a hefty dose of nutrients into one bowl of easy taco soup.
One of the stand-out ingredients in this dish is cabbage, which is perfect for a low-carb diet.
Start out by sautéing your garlic and onion, then add the chicken, bell peppers, and cabbage and cook until soft. Finally, add the tomatoes and stock and let simmer.
Top this recipe with whatever taco toppings you prefer. Sour cream, jalapenos, and cilantro all make great choices.
Tomato & Feta
Tomato soup is a staple of cold weather and sick days everywhere. This tomato and feta soup recipe is simple to make and will permanently replace every prepackaged version you’ve tried.
The feta cheese in this soup really gives it an extra kick. It adds saltiness, which means you can cut back on added salt, and complements the tomatoes’ tanginess.
To make this simple dish, sauté your onions and garlic until fragrant, then add the rest of your ingredients. Let simmer for 20 minutes, then blend until smooth.
This soup is great to curl up with on chilly winter days. It’s served best with keto-friendly crusty bread or grilled cheese.
Pork Meatballs & Cremini Mushrooms
One-Pot Creamy Meatball Soup is a filling combination of meatballs, creamy broth, and veggies. Not only is it packed full of flavor, but it’s a great keto-friendly option, too.
A delicious mix of ground pork and Italian sausage takes the meatballs in this soup above and beyond the norm. The cremini mushrooms add bulk and help blend the flavors together seamlessly.
After browning the meatballs, add your veggies, seasonings, and stock. Once your soup has reduced by half, whisk in your cream, and you’ll be all set.
Creamy meatball soup is excellent for dinner parties or just a quick weeknight meal that the whole family can enjoy. Although it doesn’t need any accompaniments, you can serve it up with some crackers or keto-friendly bread.