This hearty Slow Cooker, Low Carb Zucchini Soup is tailor-made for the autumn season.
Picture this: tender zucchini, slow-cooked to perfection, mingling with a medley of wholesome ingredients, all while keeping things low on the carb count. It’s a symphony of flavors that warms your soul and nourishes your body. So, grab your favorite blanket, prepare your taste buds, and let’s embark on a journey of fall flavors that’ll leave you craving for more. Get ready to indulge guilt-free in the essence of the fall season!
Why you’ll love this recipe
Wholesome and hearty, this Slow Cooker Low Carb Zucchini Soup boasts a medley of lean ground beef, vibrant vegetables, and fragrant herbs, all simmered to perfection for 6 hours to create a nourishing and satisfying fall delight.
What makes this soup healthy?
You’re also going to love this Low Carb Zucchini Soup because it offers a range of health benefits:
- Low Carb: With the use of cauliflower rice instead of traditional rice or pasta, this soup is lower in carbohydrates, making it suitable for those following a low-carb or keto lifestyle.
- High in Fiber: Zucchini and cauliflower are both rich in dietary fiber, which supports digestion, helps maintain steady blood sugar levels, and contributes to a feeling of fullness.
- Lean Protein: The addition of lean ground beef or Italian sausage provides a good source of lean protein, which is essential for muscle maintenance and overall body function.
- Vitamins and Minerals: Zucchini is a good source of vitamins A and C, both of which are essential for immune system health and skin maintenance. Additionally, the variety of vegetables in the soup contribute an array of essential vitamins and minerals.
- Antioxidants: The red bell pepper and tomatoes in the soup are rich in antioxidants like lycopene and vitamin C, which help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals.
- Low-Calorie: By using lean protein sources and focusing on vegetables, this soup is a lower-calorie option, making it a great choice for those looking to manage their weight.
- Hydration: Zucchini has a high water content, contributing to hydration, and the soup itself helps increase fluid intake.
- Heart Health: The use of lean protein and minimal added fats, along with the inclusion of herbs like oregano, basil, and Italian seasoning, can support heart health by promoting balanced cholesterol levels.
- Digestive Health: The fiber content of zucchini and cauliflower supports healthy digestion and can help prevent constipation.
Remember, the health benefits of this soup is also influenced by portion sizes and overall dietary choices. Incorporating a variety of nutrient-rich foods and staying mindful of portion control are important aspects of maintaining a balanced and healthy eating pattern.
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Ingredients you’ll need to make this heart healthy zucchini soup
- Olive oil
- Lean ground beef or Italian sausage
- Red bell pepper, seeded and diced
- Minced garlic
- Frozen riced cauliflower
- Can diced tomatoes
- Can tomato paste
- Beef broth
- Dried oregano
- Dried basil
- Italian seasoning
- Red pepper flakes
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
How to make this soup
Step 1: In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the oil and heat until hot. Add the ground beef or Italian sausage and cook, crumbling as it browns.
Step 2: When the meat is almost cooked through, add the onion, bell pepper, and celery. Continue cooking until the vegetables are tender, about 4 minutes. Stir in the garlic. Drain the meat and vegetables well.
Step 3: Transfer the meat and vegetables to the slow cooker. Add the remaining ingredients. Stir well.
Step 4: Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 6 hours.
Serve the soup with grated parmesan, and enjoy!!
TIPS AND FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Read on for tips and substitution ideas on how to make this recipe, such as how to customize this salad, and how to store this salad.
Absolutely, here are some common questions about this Low Carb Zucchini Soup along with their answers:
Q: Can I use a different type of meat?
A: Absolutely! You can use ground turkey, chicken, or even plant-based alternatives like crumbled tofu or tempeh for a different protein source.
Q: Can I make this soup vegetarian or vegan?
A: Certainly! Replace the meat with plant-based protein options and use vegetable broth instead of beef broth. You’ll still enjoy a flavorful and nourishing soup.
Q: Is this soup suitable for freezing?
A: Yes, this soup freezes well. Allow it to cool before transferring to freezer-safe containers. Remember to leave some space for expansion, and label with the date before freezing.
Q: Can I add more vegetables to the soup?
A: Of course! Feel free to customize with your favorite vegetables. Carrots, spinach, or bell peppers are great additions that can enhance the flavor and nutritional profile.
Q: How can I adjust the spice level?
A: If you prefer a milder soup, reduce or omit the red pepper flakes. For more heat, you can add extra red pepper flakes or a dash of hot sauce according to your taste.
Q: Can I use fresh cauliflower instead of frozen riced cauliflower?
A: Absolutely! Fresh cauliflower works just as well. Simply chop it into small rice-sized pieces and use it in the same quantity as frozen cauliflower.
Q: How can I make the soup creamier?
A: To add creaminess without compromising the low-carb aspect, you can stir in a small amount of heavy cream or coconut cream towards the end of cooking.
Q: Can I add cheese to the soup?
A: Yes, grated Parmesan or a sprinkle of your favorite cheese can be a delightful addition when serving the soup. Remember to factor in any extra calories and carbs.
Q: Can I use a different type of seasoning?
A: Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with different herbs and spices to suit your taste preferences. Thyme, rosemary, or even a touch of curry powder can bring unique flavors.
Q: Can I make this soup on the stovetop instead of a slow cooker?
A: Certainly! Brown the meat and vegetables in a large pot, then add the remaining ingredients and simmer until the flavors meld together, usually about 30-40 minutes.
How to store this soup
Storing your delicious Low Carb Zucchini Soup is a breeze! Here’s how:
- Refrigeration: If you plan to enjoy the soup within a few days, let it cool to room temperature. Transfer it to airtight containers or resealable plastic bags. Label the containers with the date for reference. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
- Freezing: To extend its shelf life, consider freezing the soup. Allow the soup to cool completely before transferring it to freezer-safe containers or resealable freezer bags. Leave some space at the top to account for expansion. Label with the date and freeze for up to 2-3 months.
- Individual Portions: If you prefer, portion out the soup into single servings before storing. This makes it easy to defrost and reheat only what you need.
- Defrosting: When you’re ready to enjoy the soup, move it from the freezer to the refrigerator to thaw overnight. Alternatively, you can thaw it in the microwave using the defrost setting.
- Reheating: For reheating, use the stovetop or microwave. On the stovetop, gently heat the soup over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally. In the microwave, use short bursts of heating and stir in between to ensure even reheating.
- Additional Seasoning: Sometimes, soups can lose a bit of flavor during freezing. Consider tasting and adjusting the seasoning after reheating. You might want to add a pinch of salt, herbs, or spices to revive the flavors.
Remember, while reheating frozen soup, make sure it’s heated through to a safe internal temperature (165°F or 74°C) to ensure that any potential bacteria are eliminated. With these storage tips, you can savor this Low Carb Zucchini Soup even on the busiest of days!
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- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 pound ground beef or Italian sausage
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 ½ pounds zucchini, cut in half and into slices about 1 inch thick
- 3 cups frozen riced cauliflower
- 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
- 8 cups beef broth
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the oil and heat until hot. Add the ground beef or Italian sausage and cook, crumbling as it browns.
- When the meat is almost cooked through, add the onion, bell pepper, and celery. Continue cooking until the vegetables are tender, about 4 minutes. Stir in the garlic. Drain the meat and vegetables well.
- Transfer the meat and vegetables to the slow cooker. Add the remaining ingredients. Stir well.
- Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 6 hours.
- Serve the soup with grated parmesan.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 bowl
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 259Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 1138mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 22g
The provided nutrition information is an estimate and it does not take brands into account. I use an automatic API to calculate this information.