6 net carbs

Broccoli Ham and Cheese Soup

Savor the delightful blend of tender broccoli, savory ham, and gooey cheese in our Low-Carb Broccoli, Ham, and Cheese Soup for a quick, comforting, and delicious experience.

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Broccoli Ham and Cheese Soup

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Low-Carb Broccoli Ham and Cheese Soup [Keto]

Total Diabetes Wellness
Indulge in the perfect blend of flavors with our Low-Carb Broccoli Ham and Cheese Soup! This easy-to-make recipe features tender broccoli, savory ham, and gooey cheese for a satisfying bowl of comfort. Whether you're on a low-carb journey or simply craving a delicious, hearty soup, this dish delivers on both taste and simplicity. Picture yourself savoring each spoonful of this wholesome goodness – it's comfort food at its best!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 16 servings
Net Carbs 6 g
*Net carbs are per serving


  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 12 ounces fully cooked ham steak, diced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 6 cups broccoli florets, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, grated or finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 2 ½ cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded


  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Red pepper flakes


  • In a large Dutch oven or stock pot over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Add the ham and cook until lightly browned, about 3-4 minutes. Remove ham from the pot and set aside.
    Close-up view of chopped ham steak browning in a pot.
  • Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Add the onion and garlic and saute for 3-4 minutes.
    Top view of onions browning, cooking broccoli ham and cheese soup.
  • Add the chicken broth, scrape any browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Add the broccoli, carrots, salt, and black pepper. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 10 minutes.
    Close-up side view of broccoli ham and cheese soup cooking in a pot.
  • Add the heavy cream and simmer for an additional 10 minutes.
    Top view of adding heavy cream to low-carb broccoli ham and cheese soup.
  • Stir in the cheddar cheese and stir until melted. Simmer for an additional few minutes.
    Top view of adding shredded cheddar cheese to low-carb broccoli ham and cheese soup while it's cooking.
  • Return the ham to the pot, reserving some for garnish.
    Top view of low-carb broccoli ham and cheese soup cooking.
  • Garnish with reserved ham, cheddar cheese, and red pepper flakes (optional). Enjoy!
    Low-carb broccoli ham and cheese soup served in a bowl ready to eat.




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Serving size

One serving is 1 cup of soup. This recipe yields approximately 16 cups of soup. (This may vary slightly depending on how long your soup simmers for.)

Immersion blender

If you prefer your veggies to be less chunky and more blended, use an immersion blender just before you add the cheddar cheese. Blend to your desired consistency. *If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can transfer the soup to a regular blender in batches if necessary. Be careful, as the soup will be hot.

Recipe variations

  • Add shredded or diced chicken 
  • Add a leek in place of the onion (or in addition)
  • Use half cauliflower and half broccoli
  • Add cooked and crumbled bacon as a garnish
  • Use a different type (or types!) of cheese(s)

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this low-carb broccoli, ham, and cheese soup Keto?

Yes – with caution. One serving (one cup) of this broccoli, ham, and cheese soup has 6 grams of net carbs, which falls within Keto guidelines. However, if you have multiple servings, this soup recipe would no longer fit a Keto diet. If you’re following strict Keto, we recommend limiting your serving size to 1 serving and pairing your meal with a vegetable side dish or salad.

Is this recipe gluten-free?

Yes! This low-carb broccoli, ham, and cheese soup recipe is gluten-free.

Storage and Reheating Guidelines

  • Make-ahead: This recipe can be made ahead and re-heated when ready to eat. Some people find the flavor is better as leftovers. 
  • Storing leftovers: Store leftover broccoli, ham, and cheese soup in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
  • Freezing instructions: Freeze in air-tight, freezer-safe containers for up to 3 months. We like to freeze this soup in individual servings to make a quick lunch! Thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
  • To reheat: Reheat soup on the stovetop on low heat, or in the microwave on 50% power.

Additional Details

In the realm of low-carb comfort foods, our low-carb broccoli, ham, and cheese soup stands out as a hearty and satisfying option, perfect for those craving warmth and flavor without the carb overload. This simple yet flavorful dish combines the goodness of tender broccoli, savory ham, and rich cheese, making it an ideal addition to your low-carb recipe repertoire.

Comfort food often holds a special place in our hearts, providing a sense of familiarity and joy. Our low-carb broccoli, ham, and cheese soup embodies this sentiment, offering a comforting bowl that’s delicious and mindful of your low-carb lifestyle. Let’s delve into the details of this heartwarming recipe.

Ingredients: A Symphony of Low-Carb Goodness

  • Butter: The rich base of our soup, provides a velvety texture and enhances the overall flavor.
  • Ham Steak: A protein-packed addition that adds a savory kick to each spoonful.
  • Onion and Garlic: These aromatic ingredients form the flavor foundation, infusing the soup with a delightful depth.
  • Chicken Broth: A nourishing liquid that serves as the soul of the soup, creating a hearty broth.
  • Broccoli Florets and Carrot: Nutrient-rich vegetables that add color, texture, and nutritional value.
  • Salt and Black Pepper: Simple yet essential seasonings to elevate the taste profile.
  • Heavy Cream: The secret to the soup’s creamy consistency, without compromising on the low-carb aspect.
  • Sharp Cheddar Cheese: The star ingredient that brings a cheesy richness to the dish.

Benefits for People with Diabetes

This low-carb broccoli, ham, and cheese soup not only delights the taste buds but also aligns with the dietary considerations of those managing diabetes. With a low-carb and keto-friendly profile, this soup allows individuals to savor the comfort of a classic dish without compromising on their health goals. Incorporating nutrient-rich vegetables and protein-packed ham ensures a balanced meal that won’t cause drastic spikes in blood sugar levels.

Recipe Variations: Endless Possibilities

Feel free to get creative with our low-carb broccoli, ham, and cheese soup. Consider these variations to suit your taste:

  • Spicy Twist: Add a pinch of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes for a kick of heat.
  • Vegetarian Delight: Skip the ham and try adding mushrooms or tofu for a satisfying vegetarian version.
  • Cauliflower Swap: Replace some or all of the broccoli with cauliflower for a different flavor profile.
  • Italian Flair: Infuse the soup with Italian herbs and spices for a Mediterranean touch.

Pairing Ideas: Culinary Companions

Pair our soup with complementary dishes to create a well-rounded meal experience:

  • Fresh Salad: A crisp, green salad with a zesty vinaigrette adds a refreshing contrast.
  • Keto Bread: Enjoy a slice of almond flour or coconut flour bread on the side for a complete low-carb experience.
  • Grilled Chicken Skewers: For an extra protein boost, serve alongside grilled chicken skewers with your favorite seasoning.

Enjoy the simplicity and heartiness of this comforting bowl – a true celebration of flavor and well-being. Whether you’re seeking a satisfying meal for yourself or cooking up a wholesome dinner for loved ones, our low-carb broccoli, ham, and cheese soup brings warmth and flavor to every spoonful, making it a delightful addition to your low-carb kitchen repertoire.

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