8 Great Low-Carb Soup Recipes

Soups are a great way to use up leftover meats and vegetables. They can make a nice first course or a main dish. Almost any soup can be made low in carbohydrate by leaving out the pasta, rice, or grains, and adding non-starchy vegetables. In many of these soups, it's the blended vegetables that thicken the soup, so there's no need for flour or other thickeners. Here are some delicious low-carb soup recipes.


Chicken Vegetable Soup

Chicken Vegetable Soup. Photo © Steve Cohen/Getty Images

 This is a simple soup, but you can vary it in lots of ways by adding different spices and vegetables. For instance, a Mexican-ish version.


Vegetable Beef Soup

Vegetable Beef Soup
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 Do you have some leftover pot roast or brisket?  It's a great base for a hearty soup which makes a great lunch.


Clam Chowder

Clam Chowder
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Who doesn't love clam chowder? No need for it to be full of potatoes and thickeners—simply remove them from this recipe. Many people don't like the overly-thickened chowders you often see today anyway.


Cauliflower Cheese Soup

Cauliflower Cheese Soup
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 This is a nice smooth soup all on its own, but you can also add ham and/or greens to it. If you add a little less broth it can even be a decent cheese sauce for vegetables.


Beef and Mushroom Soup

cream of mushroom
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You can use both fresh and dried mushrooms for a deep mushroom flavor. Eliminate the rice and enjoy the beefy, savory goodness of this soup.


Creamy Spicy Pumpkin Soup

pumpkin soup
Creamy Spicy Pumpkin Soup garnished with pumpkin seeds. hana/Datecraft/Getty Images

 It's always a good idea to get some orange vegetables into your diet, and using canned pumpkin is such an easy way to make it happen!  This is a smooth and spicy soup.  Further down the list is another pumpkin soup.


Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Smokey Roasted Red Pepper Soup
Smokey Roasted Red Pepper Soup. Sheri L Giblin/Photolibrary/Getty Images

 Another vegetable-based soup, this one with a hint of heat and a hint of smoke from chipotle chilis or smoked paprika in with the roasted red peppers.  This is another case where blending up something in a jar (in this case, the peppers) makes preparation really easy.


Rainbow Soup

rainbow soup
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 This vegetable soup has an array of colorful veggies in it and is packed with nutrients. You can add chicken or turkey to this soup for a full meal.

You don't need a bowl to be loaded with starches to make a comforting bowl or cup of soup. Make a batch soon and enjoy it for several days!

By Laura Dolson
Laura Dolson is a health and food writer who develops low-carb and gluten-free recipes for home cooks.