It's Time to Grab a Spoon—4 Low-Carb Soup Recipes Perfect for Chilly Weather
Although carbs and cold weather go together like Pam Beesly and Jim Halpert, sometimes you just need a break from heavy pasta dishes and hearty stews. Luckily, these low-carb soup recipes are proof you don't have to give up warm, flavorful meals to satisfy your comfort-food cravings. Ahead we're sharing the simple, savory soups we plan on serving up by the ladleful as soon as the temperatures drop.
From a metabolism-boosting veggie-packed broth to a spicy curry that cooks up in a crockpot, these recipes aren't just tasty, they're also easy enough to make on weeknights too. We think it's safe to say that you'll be swapping your usual carb-based comfort foods with these soups on the regular. We'll even go so far as to predict you won't miss pasta, bread, or rice one bit. Scroll on for four crazy-delicious low-carb soup recipes to make on repeat this season.
Green Detox Vegetable Soup
The Recipe: Green Detox Vegetable Soup
Make It Low-Carb: You can substitute carrots, which are considered a higher-carb vegetable on the low-carb veggie spectrum, with turnips. Though a great source of protein, you can also omit lentils if you're cutting back on carbs.
The Pro Tip: This soup isn't just a low-carb meal. "This Mean Green Detox Vegetable Soup is packed with all kinds of winter vegetable[s], green lentils for protein, and spices like garlic, ginger, and cayenne that will help fight off winter colds plus rev your metabolism," says Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest.
Broccoli Cauliflower Brussels Sprouts Soup
The Recipe: Broccoli Cauliflower Brussels Sprouts Soup
Make It Low-Carb: You can omit the cashews if you want to limit your carb intake. Otherwise, the green veggies, the vegetable stock, and even the sour cream are low-carb–friendly.
The Pro Tip: Make the most of your produce haul, and use all parts of the veggies. "Because you are pureeing this soup, you can use parts of vegetables that you otherwise might not use," says Alice of Mitzy at Home. "If your cauliflower or broccoli have nice, fresh-looking outer leaves, chop them [up,] and throw them in[to] the saucepan along with the florets."
Crockpot Thai Broccoli Rabe Chicken Curry
The Recipe: Crockpot Thai Broccoli Rabe Chicken Curry
Make It Low-Carb: Skip the scoop of white rice and the side of naan. Alternatively, you can swap white rice for quinoa, brown or wild rice, or barley if you want to enjoy this curry with a lower-carb grain option (though, these aren't strictly "low-carb").
The Pro Tip: This is a great recipe to turn to in the colder months if you start feeling under the weather. "Not only do [garlic, lemongrass, and Thai red curry paste] add flavor, but they are [also] nutrition powerhouses that help fight off sickness," says Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest.
Old-School Tomato Soup
The Recipe: Old-School Tomato Soup
Make It Low-Carb: Although delicious, you'll want to skip the toasties to optimize the low-carb aspect of this meal. You can also omit the two teaspoons of sugar from the soup recipe itself if you're strictly adhering to a low-carb diet.
The Pro Tip: You can easily whip up this low-carb soup for an easy weeknight meal. "Essentially you just cook the onions for a bit, throw everything else in the pot for half an hour, and then give it a whiz—but the depth of [flavor] is fabulously satisfying," says Sarah of Stuck in the Kitchen.
Stir the Pot
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