Tuscan soup is a hearty, comforting soup that makes a great lunch or dinner. This Keto Tuscan soup is a great way to eat a low-carb version of the Italian favorite.
It’s easy to think that you have to cut out comfort foods when doing keto-friendly meal planning. After all, you’re cutting carbs, the one type of food we all tend to grab when we need a little comforting. That’s not the case with this Keto Tuscan Soup. It uses only keto-friendly ingredients without any uncessarary substitutes.
This soup will do a lot more than fix that comfort food craving. This Keto Tuscan Soup is not only keto-friendly but it can be made in under 30 minutes and contains easy-to-find, healthy ingredients. In fact, you may have a lot of these ingredients on hand already if you’re following a keto diet.
The best part about this Keto Tuscan Soup recipe is that it doesn’t stray too far from the classic version. Traditionally, Tuscan soup, or Zuppa Toscano, has potatoes or beans and bread, which are a big “no-no” when it comes to the keto diet. You won’t miss them with this recipe.
The flavor alone will make you forget about those missing starches. A generous amount of garlic and herbs elevate the flavor of this soup. Protein-filled Italian sausage and the kale’s high fiber content will leave you feeling full and satisfied. No unnecessary carbohydrates needed!
What ingredients do you need?
The first thing you should do when preparing any recipe is to make sure you have all of the ingredients.
This is what you need for Keto Tuscan Soup:
Olive Oil – This cooking oil is a great base for this soup. It adds a little bit of fat and deep flavor.
Italian sausage – Use links (casing removed) or ground sausage. You can substitute with ground beef, chicken, or turkey.
Fresh garlic – Fresh cloves of garlic are a key ingredient here. It’s robust flavor is essential for this Italian soup.
Onion – White or yellow online will work best.
Dried oregano – Oregano is a mild herb that provides that distinct Italian flavor.
Fresh thyme – Remove the leaves from the stems. You can use dried thyme if you can’t find fresh for this recipe.
Chicken broth – Homemade or low sodium chicken broth is always best.
Sundried tomatoes – These tomatoes will add a slightly sweet element to the soup.
Black pepper – Fresh cracked black pepper will add a little kick to the soup without it tasting spicy.
Kale – Curly or Lacinato kale will work well for this recipe.
Whipping cream – This is going to make the soup extra creamy. Using whipping cream also adds to the fat content that a keto diet requires.
Fresh parsley – be sure to remove the stems and only use the leaves.
Parmesan cheese – Fresh grated cheese is a great way to add salt to the soup.
How to make Keto Tuscan Soup
First, you’re going to want to make sure you gather all of your ingredients so that you can work through the recipe easily.
Use a large soup pot and place it on your stove burner. Heat the burner to medium-high heat.
Add olive oil to the pot.
If you’re using Italian sausage links, be sure to remove the casing before cooking. Once the casing is removed, use your hands to crumble the sausage into the pot.
Stir the sausage in the pot and heat until the sausage is fully cooked and lightly browned.
Add the minced garlic, chopped onions, dried oregano, and fresh thyme leaves to the pot.
Cook until the garlic and onions are tender and fragrant.
Add the chicken stock and bring to a simmer.
Add the sundried tomatoes and stir.
Season with black pepper. Taste the soup and check for seasoning. Add more black pepper, if needed.
Allow the soup to simmer for 20-25 minutes.
Just before serving, add the freshly torn kale leaves. Let the leaves wilt for about one minute in the soup.
Turn off the heat and add the whipping cream and stir so that the cream doesn’t break in the hot soup.
Garnish the soup with parsley leaves and grated parmesan cheese.
What foods pair well with Keto Tuscan Soup?
This soup is a great meal option to eat on its own, or you could serve it with a few sides if you’re feeling really hungry. Keep in mind that you want to use with other keto-friendly foods to stick to your meal plan.
This soup would pair really well with a sandwich using keto-friendly bread. A cheese melt or BLT would pair perfectly with this comforting soup.
A veggie-packed salad would also be a great idea. You’ll want to stick to low-carb vegetables like red peppers, green peppers, cauliflower, asparagus, cucumber, and broccoli.
How long is Keto Tuscan Soup good for in the fridge?
The flavor will be best if it’s eaten on the day that it’s made. But it’s not a problem if you have leftovers and want to keep the soup for another time.
Keto Tuscan Soup will stay fresh in the refrigerator for 3-5 days as long as it’s stored in an air-tight container. Always be sure to label and date your containers.
Can you reheat Keto Tuscan Soup?
The best way to reheat this soup is on the stovetop on very low heat. You don’t want to risk the whipping cream boiling. Be sure to stir the soup often so that it’s heated through.
If you find that the soup is lacking its original flavor, you can always add more garnish to add that boost of flavor back. Simply add more fresh parsley or grated parmesan cheese after reheating.
Is Keto Tuscan Soup gluten-free?
This version of Tuscan soup is gluten-free. There are no wheat products used in this recipe.
The recipe is also low in carbs. The recipe doesn’t use potatoes or bread like the traditional version of Tuscan soup. Consider adding some chopped cauliflower if you’d like to substitute the flavor of the potatoes.
How do I keep the cream from breaking in the soup?
Using whipping cream is going to create an unmatchable creaminess to the soup. You just want to make sure that you don’t add the whipping cream to a boiling soup. If you do that, the cream may break and you’ll lose the creaminess and it may taste a little sour.
The best way to make sure that the cream doesn’t break is to turn off the heat before adding. Slowly add the whipping cream into the soup and stir. Stirring while adding the cream will make sure that the cream heats up but doesn’t break while doing so.Print
Keto Tuscan Soup
Keto Tuscan Soup is perfect if you’re looking for a hearty, filling keto-friendly meal. The soup comes together in under thirty minutes and with just a few ingredients. It’s the perfect addition to your collection of keto recipes.
- Prep Time: 10mins
- Cook Time: 15mins
- Total Time: 25min
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 lb Italian sausage
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 onion, chopped fine
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 6 sprigs thyme, leaves removed
- 6 cups chicken broth
- 1/2 cup sundried tomatoes
- Pepper to taste
- 1 bunch of kale leaves, torn into large pieces
- 3/4 cup whipping cream
- Parsley leaves
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
- Gather all of the ingredients listed.
- Heat a large cooking pot on medium-high heat.
- Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
- If you’re using sausage links, remove the casing and crumble the sausage with your hands. Add the sausage to the heated pot with olive oil.
- Cook the sausage until it starts to brown.
- Add the minced garlic, chopped onions, oregano, and thyme leaves.
- Stir everything together and cook until the onions and garlic are tender and fragrant.
- Add chicken broth and bring to a simmer.
- Add the sundried tomatoes.
- Season with black pepper.
- Allow the soup to simmer for 20-25 minutes.
- Just before serving, add the freshly torn kale leaves. Let the leaves wilt for about one minute in the soup.
- Turn off the heat and add the whipping cream and stir so that the cream does not break.
- Garnish the soup with parsley leaves and parmesan cheese.
- Serve immediately.
- Serving Size: 4