Since the base of Tuscan soup is starchy spuds, how can it possibly fit into the keto regimen? According to Taste of Home, it’s a simple swap: replace the potatoes with cauliflower. The soup-making process in their recipe is the same — you start by simmering the cruciferous vegetable (not tubers) in broth until tender — but the result is an exceptionally hearty soup with a fraction of the carbs. With 1.5 grams of net carbs in one half cup of cauliflower (per Men’s Health), this simple substitution drastically reduces carbohydrates and transforms the traditional soup into a keto-friendly dish.
One regular bowl of Zuppa Toscano contains about 39 grams of carbs (per Food.) but switch over to cauli and that number drops to seven grams.
Now that you’re armed with keto inspiration, swap in cauliflower for any of the delicious copycat recipes on the web. Lemon Tree Dwelling shared a recipe for a fiery Tuscan sausage and potato soup that requires just seven ingredients and is ready in about 30 minutes. Mom On a Timeout featured an equally easy soup embellished with bacon and parmesan cheese. Head over to My Recipes and find some unique twists — their Tuscan soup is enlivened with pecorino Romano, pancetta, sage, and toasted pine nuts.