Although carbs and cold weather often go hand-in-hand, 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. We rounded up the simple soups we plan on serving by the ladleful when 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, but they're also easy enough to make on weeknights. We think it's safe to say 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.
Read on for our favorite low-carb soup recipes to try on a busy weeknight.
Green Detox Vegetable Soup
This Half Baked Harvest 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.
Winter Green Soup
Make the most of your produce haul, and use all parts of the cruciferous veggies that make up this healthy soup by Sugar Salted. "Because you are puréeing this soup, you can use parts of vegetables that you otherwise might not use," says recipe creator Alice. "If your cauliflower or broccoli have nice, fresh-looking outer leaves, chop them, and throw them in the saucepan along with the florets."
Crockpot Thai Broccoli Rabe Chicken Curry
This soup from Half Baked Harvest is not only delicious, but it's also great 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.
Skip the scoop of white rice and the side of naan to make this soup low-carb. Alternatively, you can swap white rice for cauliflower rice.
Coconut Green Soup
The First Mess's green soup recipe is chock-full of healthy vegetables like celery, kale, and zucchini. Omit the chickpea and grain toppings if you want to make this soup as low-carb as possible. Coconut milk is fairly low in carbs, but you can also use "a thick homemade almond milk instead of coconut," suggests recipe creator Laura. "And garnish it however you like to really make it your own!"
Winter Vegetable Chowder With Crispy Cabbage
Filled with healthy vegetables like celery root, cabbage, and cauliflower, this soup recipe by The First Mess is low-carb as is. The crispy cabbage topping gives the chowder just the right amount of crunch, without adding lots of extra carbs.
Chicken Tortilla Soup
This Joyful Healthy Eats soup is already pretty low-carb, but to make it even more so, omit the corn. Corn is a starchy vegetable like potatoes, so it's going to contain more carbs than other vegetables.
Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana Soup
You can't go wrong with this low-carb soup from Joyful Healthy Eats loaded with sausage, bacon, cauliflower, and kale. To make it more low-carb, skip the carrots.
Buffalo Chicken Soup
If you love buffalo chicken, this Food Faith Fitness recipe will be your new favorite. It's made with veggies, coconut milk, hot sauce, Whole30 ranch, and chicken thighs, and is cooked in the slow-cooker to make meal prep a breeze. it might be low on carbs, but it's high on flavor.
Bone Broth Tom Kha Soup
Make this ultra-healing soup recipe from Hello Glow when you need an immune boost. Spicy Thai peppers and ginger will clear your sinuses and help kick a cold to the curb. The soup is also low-carb and contains healthy fats from coconut milk.
Paleo Hamburger Soup
Not only is this hamburger soup recipe from Food Faith Fitness low-carb, but it's also paleo-approved! With fire-roasted tomatoes, grass-fed ground beef, and fresh veggies, you won't even realize the buns are missing! Though this recipe contains sweet potatoes, you can omit them to make the soup ultra low-carb.