Low Carb Keto Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe
Low Carb Keto Zuppa Toscana Soup recipe is packed with flavor from crispy bacon, Italian Sausage, spinach and tender cauliflower all in a rich, creamy broth.
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The season of soup is here! It’s time to indulge in all the comfort food.
Oh wait, you’re cutting carbs? Trying to follow a keto friendly diet? I feel ya. Doesn’t it seem like all the comfort foods involve carbs somehow?
This past month we’ve had a nutrition challenge at our local CrossFit box. And while I wish I could report that I rocked it, I’m here to say, I failed. I didn’t prepare for this challenge as much as I should have, you know, planning some low carb meals!
Here’s the thing. Carbs and CrossFit go hand in hand. I truly believe I need carbs for all my muscle gains and endurance. However, I tend to choose the wrong carbs. Pastries, donuts, bread, haha!
One thing I do love though is chili and soup. And you may remember this Olive Garden Copycat Zuppa Toscana Soup recipe from a few years back. It’s SO good.
I had to figure out a way to make it CrossFit diet friendly. I mean, keto friendly. Ha, I mean waist management friendly. You know what I mean!
Here’s how I made an indulgent comfort food, like Zuppa Toscana Soup into a keto friendly dinner.
You may first be asking yourself:
What is a Keto diet
First, keto stands for ketogenic. A ketogenic diet is a low carb, high fat diet. You may be familiar with Atkins, it has many similarities.
The goal of a ketogenic diet is to drastically reduce your carbohydrate (carb) intake and instead consume fats. By reducing your carbs it puts your body into a state of ketosis. Basically, your body becomes quite efficient at burning fat for energy. Which is why many Crossfitters and athletes go on this diet.
It also has other great health benefits, that you can read about somewhere besides this little food blog, haha!
What foods should I avoid on a keto diet
First, the obvious. Wheat-based grains or starches. Like rice, pasta, cereal.
Beans: no chickpeas, peas, beans, lentils, legumes
Fruit: pretty much all fruit except berries (but those are only in small portions)
Potatoes and other root vegetables. No sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnips, etc.
Stay away from sugary foods, most condiments and sauces as they tend to have sugar and unhealthy fats.
What foods should I eat on a keto diet
Proteins such as fish, beef, chicken, eggs are all good to eat.
Vegetables that grow above ground like broccoli and cauliflower are acceptable! Also, leafy greens like spinach and kale (which is great for today’s low carb keto soup recipe)!
Avocado, nuts, and seeds are also good choices and make great snack options.
High fat dairy. Praise God at least there is something good about a keto diet, haha. Hard cheeses, high fat cream, and butter get the thumbs up!
Stevia is an acceptable keto-friendly sweetener.
How to make Keto Zuppa Toscana Soup
Unlike a traditional zuppa toscana soup, you’ll want to replace some of those high carb ingredients in today’s recipe.
Start by swapping out the potatoes by using cauliflower. Yes, you’ll know it’s not a potato when you eat it. But, zuppa toscana soup is packed with flavor, and the cauliflower absorbs some of that flavor while also providing a great substitute for potatoes.
Using a large soup pot (like this dutch oven), brown your sausage and bacon together. I chose a mild Italian sausage (without the casings) and a thick sliced bacon. I chopped the bacon BEFORE cooking it to help speed up the process of cooking, and making it easy to assemble and eat.
Add in beef bone broth (or beef stock or beef broth) to your cooked sausage and bacon. Why bone broth? I choose bone broth because it contains collagen which is GREAT for my joints (remember: CrossFit). It sounds gross, but it essentially tastes the same as beef stock or regular beef broth. You could also use chicken broth, chicken stock, or chicken bone broth instead of the beef flavor. Or vegetable broth for that matter. I found that the beef broth has the richest flavor for today’s soup!
Next, add onions, garlic, and cauliflower. For the cauliflower, try to remove as much of the stem as possible, for best flavor. I used one whole head of organic cauliflower.
Cover your dutch oven and cook for about 15 minutes, until the cauliflower is tender. Add in heavy cream and spinach. Yes, the true Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup recipe contains kale. But you guys, I just don’t like the flavor of kale. If you love it, use it. I chose spinach instead because my family LOVES this veggie!
Serve this soup with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and enjoy!
To make this soup, you’ll need:
1 lb mild Italian sausage
4 slices bacon
1 head cauliflower
32 oz beef bone broth (or beef stock)
1 small onion
3 cloves garlic
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
2 cups fresh spinach (or kale)
salt and pepper, optional
crushed red pepper flakes, optional
shredded parmesan cheese
Large dutch oven
FAQ on Keto Zuppa Toscana Soup
Q: Can I make this recipe in the slow cooker or instant pot?
A: Well, given that today’s recipe only takes 30 minutes to cook, why mess with a good thing. If you try it in the crockpot or pressure cooker, send me message or leave me comment so the other readers know!
Q: Can I freeze the extra soup?
A: Yes! Freeze in ziploc freezer bags or airtight freezer safe containers. Thaw in refrigerator overnight, and heat in microwave or saucepan until desired temperature.
Q: What do I serve with keto friendly zuppa toscana soup?
A: These Keto Everything Bagels are perfect for dunking in your soup if you’re missing bread!
If you love today’s Low Carb Zuppa Toscana Soup, I’ve got a few more recipes I think you’ll enjoy!
Forget the Chinese takeout, make your own Sausage Egg Roll Skillet at home! It’s low carb and the perfect, easy weeknight dinner recipe!
Creamy Keto Tuscan Soup recipe is one of my new favorite soups. Skip the cauliflower and add in some roasted red peppers for a dish of this comfort food!
The best keto paleo chicken noodle soup! This low carb chicken soup recipe is super easy with just 8 ingredients and 10 minutes prep time.
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- 1 lb mild Italian Sausage
- 4 slices thick-cut bacon
- 32 oz Beef bone broth (or beef broth)
- 1 small onion, diced
- 3 cloves fresh garlic, minced
- 1 head fresh cauliflower, diced
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 cups fresh spinach (5 oz package), or kale
- salt and pepper, optional
- crushed red pepper flakes, optional
- shredded parmesan cheese for garnish, optional
- Using a large soup pot (like this dutch oven), brown your sausage and bacon together. Cut your bacon into bite sized pieces to make it easier to cook.
- Once your meat is cooked, add in beef bone broth, onions, garlic, and cauliflower. Cover and cook on medium heat for about 15 minutes, until the cauliflower is tender.
- Once the cauliflower is softened, add in heavy cream and spinach (or kale). Cook for about 5 minutes, until spinach (or kale) is soft.
- Serve with a spinkle of parmesan cheese and a pinch of salt, pepper, and/or crushed red pepper flakes. ENJOY!
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 531 Carbohydrates: 12g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 2g Protein: 34g
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