Keto Smoky Broccoli Cheddar Soup {low carb; grain-free}

Smoky Broccoli Cheddar Soup {low carb; grain-free}

Recipe Macros

Tracking your macros is important while trying to remain in Ketosis. Here they are for one serving of this recipe.


Fat: 49g


Protein: 13g


Carbs: 7g (net)

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Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe

Smoky Broccoli Cheese Soup {low-carb; primal}

I could live the rest of my life eating nothing but soups and salads. And chocolate. Obviously. But for actual nutritious (non-dessert) food, soup and salad is where it’s at.

Smoky Broccoli Cheese Soup {low-carb; primal}

Keto Food Options

I grew up loving any type of creamy soup, though beer cheese soup and broccoli cheese were my 2 favorites. Maintaining a paleo lifestyle for 5 years did wonders to heal my gut and when switching over to a more ketogenic lifestyle, I was able to reintroduce dairy without experiencing my previous issues with lactose, bringing the creamy soups back into my life.

Smoky Broccoli Cheese Soup {low-carb; primal}

Family Favorite Soup

This low-carb broccoli cheddar soup has a wonderfully smokiness to it that really puts it over the top. If you’re not a fan of that smoky flavor, you can use regular cheddar and paprika. This is a family favorite around here and I’m sure it will be in your home too.

Smoky Broccoli Cheese Soup {low-carb; primal}
Smoky Broccoli Cheese Soup {low-carb; primal}

Smoky Broccoli Cheddar Soup {low carb; grain-free}

Course: Main Course
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6 cups
Calories: 526 kcal
Author: Kendra Benson


  • 5 Tbsp Butter divided
  • 1 small Yellow Onion diced small
  • 1 clove Garlic minced
  • 3 oz Cream Cheese
  • 2 1/2 cups Vegetable or Chicken Broth homemade is best (use vegetable broth for vegetarian)
  • 1 1/2 cups Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 3-4 cups Broccoli Florets and Stems chopped small
  • 2 Carrots shredded
  • 3/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp Ground Mustard
  • 1/4 tsp Chipotle Pepper Powder or to taste
  • 8 oz Smoked Cheddar Cheese grated (see notes)


  1. In a stockpot, melt 1 Tbsp of the butter over medium heat. Once melted, add the diced onions and saute until soft and fragrant, about 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the minced garlic and stir to cook about 1 minute.

  2. Add the remaining 4 Tbsp butter and the cream cheese to the pot. Stir until it's all melted and thickened, 1-2 minutes.

  3. Add the broth and cream to the pot and stir to combine. Reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally as it thickens.

  4. Add the broccoli, carrots, salt, pepper, paprika, ground mustard and chipotle pepper powder. Stir to combine everything and continue to simmer an additional 20 minutes.

  5. Remove the soup from the burner. Add almost all of the shredded cheddar to the pot (reserving some for topping later) and stir to combine. Let it sit for a minute or two to let the cheese melt then stir it again.

  6. Ladle the soup into individual serving bowls and garnish with extra shredded cheese. Leftovers can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Recipe Notes

  • If you can't find smoked cheddar cheese, use sharp cheddar instead. It will still taste great, just less smoky. Double the smoked paprika if you are using regular sharp cheddar.
Nutrition Facts
Smoky Broccoli Cheddar Soup {low carb; grain-free}
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 526 Calories from Fat 441
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 49g 75%
Saturated Fat 30g 150%
Cholesterol 162mg 54%
Sodium 1069mg 45%
Potassium 405mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 13g 26%
Vitamin A 111.3%
Vitamin C 60.6%
Calcium 36.5%
Iron 5.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Smoky Cheddar and smoked paprika give this creamy, low-carb soup a flavor that is superior to any restaurant variety. Stay within your macros with this soup the entire family will love.

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3 Comments on “Smoky Broccoli Cheddar Soup {low carb; grain-free}

  1. y8

    If you can’t find smoked cheddar cheese, use sharp cheddar instead. It will still taste great, just less smoky.


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