Low Carb Broccoli and Leek Soup - Vegetarian Recipe - Diet Doctor (2024)

Low Carb Broccoli and Leek Soup - Vegetarian Recipe - Diet Doctor (1)

This low carb soup is the “little black dress” of meals. It can go anywhere and do anything. It can be a lunch or a dinner, an entrée or an appetizer. And it loves, loves, loves extra accoutrements, like these cheese chips!

February 14 2016 recipe by Anne Aobadia, photo by Emma Shevtzoff, nutritional review by Franziska Spritzler, RD, CDE in Recipes, Appetizer, Lunch, Meal

This low carb soup is the “little black dress” of meals. It can go anywhere and do anything. It can be a lunch or a dinner, an entrée or an appetizer. And it loves, loves, loves extra accoutrements, like these cheese chips!

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4 servingservings

Ingredients

Broccoli soup

  • 1 (3 oz.) 1 (90 g) leekleeks
  • 10 oz. (3 cups) 280 g (750 ml) head of broccoli
  • 3 cups 700 ml vegetable stock
  • ¼ tsp ¼ tsp salt
  • 7 oz. (45 cup) 200 g (210 ml) cream cheese
  • 1 cup 240 ml heavy whipping cream
  • ½ tsp ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ cup (¾ oz.) 120 ml (21 g) fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 1 garlic clove, pressedgarlic cloves, pressed

Cheese chips

  • 2 cups (8 oz.) 475 ml (230 g) cheddar cheese, or edam cheese, shredded
  • ½ tsp ½ tsp paprika powder

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Instructions

Broccoli soup

  1. Prepare the leek by giving it a quick rinse, pat it dry, and then trim off the rough, green tips. Slice the remaining leek into thin discs and discard the root. Next, fill a bowl with cold water and add the sliced leeks. Swirl them around in the water to remove any remaining dirt or sand, and then lift them out into a strainer and pat dry.

  2. Cut off the broccoli stem and slice thinly. Divide the rest of the broccoli into smaller florets, and set aside.

  3. Place the leek and the sliced broccoli stem into a medium-sized pot. Add the vegetable stock and salt. Cover and bring to a boil for a few minutes, until the broccoli can be easily pierced with a knife.

  4. Lower the heat to medium-low, and add the broccoli florets. Simmer for a few minutes, until the broccoli is bright green and tender. Add the cream cheese, cream, pepper, basil, and garlic.

  5. Blend with an immersion blender until the desired consistency is reached. If the soup is too thick, thin it out with water. If you’d like it to have a slightly thicker consistency, add a touch of heavy cream.

  6. Cheese chips

  7. Preheat oven at 400°F (200°C). Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

  8. Place mounds of the shredded cheese by the tablespoon, 1" (2.5 cm) apart on the parchment paper. Sprinkle each mound with paprika.

  9. Bake on the middle rack, for about 5-6 minutes, or until the cheese has melted. Serve on the side with broccoli and leek soup.

Tip!

Add different herbs and spices to the cheese mounds for different flavor profiles. Oregano, a touch of cayenne, fresh thyme, or rosemary can all make these chips uniquely and utterly irresistible!

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69 comments

  1. 51

    Andrea

    December 23 2019

    delicious! i didn't have leek so i used regular white onion and it was great! my kids (2.5, 4, 8) gobbled it up!

  2. 52

    Yvonne

    March 11 2020

    Haven’t made the soup yet but was looking for a snack idea. Made these cheese crisps, added some onion powder with the cheese. Cheese and onion crisps....they where delicious and so quick and easy to do.

  3. 53

    Yvonne

    June 8 2020

    Made this for lunch today, after tasting it in the pan I felt like I was eating a bowl of cream with no flavour at all, so quick decision to add some crumbled blue cheese and chilli flakes....result, was delicious 😋

  4. 54

    Sinead

    October 6 2020

    Easy, quick recipie. Also felt it was like eating a bowl of cream and too rich for me. Might add some fresh veg, mushrooms, celery etc before using up the rest over next few days.

  5. 55

    Michelle

    October 31 2020

    I omitted the cream cheese, used single cream and creme fraiche in place of heavy whipping cream (double cream here in the Uk). I love the LCHF diet, but was craving vegetables and something lighter, this did the trick. Was delicious on it own, but adding a couple of chopped garlic and herb anchovies to it made it heavenly <3 Thank you for a lovely recipe, I felt I didn't need the cheese chips so omitted them :)

    Reply: #56

  6. 56

    Reply to comment #55 by Michelle

    Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    October 31 2020

    I omitted the cream cheese, used single cream and creme fraiche in place of heavy whipping cream (double cream here in the Uk). I love the LCHF diet, but was craving vegetables and something lighter, this did the trick. Was delicious on it own, but adding a couple of chopped garlic and herb anchovies to it made it heavenly <3 Thank you for a lovely recipe, I felt I didn't need the cheese chips so omitted them :)

    Sounds great! So glad you enjoyed it!

  7. Jamina

    November 4 2020

    I made this soup for the first time today with minor variations (due to availability) and it was absolutely gorgeous!
    I used a chicken broth cube because I didn't have vegetable ones and used regular cream instead of double cream. I may have used a bit more cream cheese and also added some cayenne pepper. I skipped the fresh basil and also skipped the cheese thingies (will try them another time).

    Thank you so much for this great recipe, I am sure it will become a staple in my house <3

  8. 58

    Terry

    November 7 2020

    Gotta say...I put in a Tbsp of basil pesto rather than fresh. It was the smash hit of Christmas dinner last year. My nephew loved it so much he took some back to his hotel in a pop bottle and drank it cold later. LOL.

    Replies: #59, #61

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    Reply to comment #58 by Terry

    Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    November 7 2020

    Gotta say...I put in a Tbsp of basil pesto rather than fresh. It was the smash hit of Christmas dinner last year. My nephew loved it so much he took some back to his hotel in a pop bottle and drank it cold later. LOL.

    Now that's a great review! Thanks for sharing!

  10. 60

    Reply to comment #1 by mandy

    Packy

    November 10 2020

    Yes , check step 3, where they tell you to add the broccoli florets.

  11. 61

    Reply to comment #58 by Terry

    Packy

    November 10 2020

    Yes, I used the pesto ,too. It was excellent.

  12. 62

    Yvonne

    November 18 2020

    I’ve made this before but it was definitely lacking in something, tasted like a bowl of cream. So this time I had a play with the recipe. Didn’t use cream cheese, used less cream & more stock, baked some bacon to get it nice & crispy. Before blitzing it I drizzled some of the bacon Fat in, then crumbled some blue cheese (saved some to serve with the bacon). Was absolutely delicious. 😋

  13. 63

    Paul

    January 17 2021

    I also added shredded cheddar, pecorino, asiago and parm and red chillis......and of course bacon. A bit more leek would have been in order in my opinion.

  14. 64

    Darlene

    February 2 2021

    I made it and added paprika, cashew, chili flakes and it tasted sooo good

  15. 65

    Diana

    February 25 2021

    This soup is absolutely delicious! I didn't use basil, as I wasn't sure how the flavor would mix with the other ingredients. Instead of baking the cheese chips, I simply grated some mild cheddar and added it when it was almost done cooking. No immersion blender here, so just a bit of pressing with the potato masher. The texture was still awesome.

  16. 66

    Lyn

    March 30 2021

    Does anyone know if this soup is suitable to freeze 🌻

    Reply: #67

  17. 67

    Reply to comment #66 by Lyn

    Charlotte Zwart Team Diet Doctor

    March 30 2021

    Does anyone know if this soup is suitable to freeze 🌻

    Usually, soups with cream cheese and heavy cream do not freeze well. It is best to enjoy this recipe fresh!

  18. 68

    Deb

    May 26 2021

    I made this last night. It seemed like a pot of thin pale green cream to me too haha. I came here to find out if it was just me! I'm all in favour of a creamy soup, so it's not like it was too rich-creamy for me, but not vegetable-y enough - not enough substance. The flavour was very good though. I added 500g of broccoli florets and was just getting there. I crispy-fried some sliced leek in butter to put on top - really good! The cheese crisps would have been awesome too!

  19. 69

    Vicki

    July 11 2021

    Beautiful Sunday Lunch...A hit with the family. Instead of the cheese chips just added some finely grated Parmesan on top to serve.

    Reply: #70

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    Reply to comment #69 by Vicki

    Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    July 11 2021

    Beautiful Sunday Lunch...A hit with the family. Instead of the cheese chips just added some finely grated Parmesan on top to serve.

    Sounds great! So glad everyone loved it!

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