Thursday, March 8, 2018

Low Carb Zuppa Toscana Soup

I've been meaning to make a pot of low carb soup for awhile. I always enjoyed the Zuppa Toscana at Olive Garden, but being low carb I rarely go there anymore. That soup contains potatoes and I've been thinking about trying to make it with cauliflower instead, but that just didn't seem quite right to me. So I started looking around online for copycat recipes that are keto or low carb, and I came across the brilliant idea of using radishes in this soup! I've used radishes as potato substitutes before, so why not? This soup turned out great, so here's my recipe, adapted from here.

Zuppa Toscana

1/2 pound of ground breakfast sausage
1/2 small onion, diced
1 quart of chicken broth
1 pound of radishes, thinly sliced
a few handfuls of baby spinach
2 oz cream cheese
1/2 c half & half
salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste
dash of cayenne or crushed red pepper flakes
3 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled

Brown the sausage and onion. Drain off the grease. Add the broth and radishes and simmer until they are tender (mine took about 10 minutes). Add the cream cheese and spinach and warm through until the cream cheese is melted. Add the half & half and seasonings and heat until hot but not boiling. Turn off the heat and stir in the bacon.

low carb keto zuppa toscana soup recipe

It's delicious and you cannot tell there are radishes in there! Enjoy!


Anonymous said...

What kind of radishes are those? They look white.

Lyn said...


They are just the normal red radishes. The skin color fades as it cooks and the flavor becomes very mild.

Anonymous said...

This looks delicious. I am going to try it with chopped kale in place of baby spinach. Thank you for the idea.

Anonymous said...

I enjoy following your blog and respect your journey. I must say that I am always surprised by how much fat and processed meat is in your diet. Even in small portions, these foods make health unattainable. So much bacon and cheese! I have been vegan for over a year now and highly recommend it to anyone who is trying to be healthy “let thy food be thy medicine”

Carole Medley said...

Turnips might be good, too. I use turnips in my beef stew and in my veg soup. This looks fantastic, Lyn; I think I'll try your recipe.