5 net carbs

Philly cheesesteak soup

Experience the comforting flavors of a low-carb Philly cheesesteak soup, featuring tender steak, earthy mushrooms, colorful bell peppers, and a creamy broth with provolone cheese.


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Philly cheesesteak soup

Low-carb Philly cheesesteak soup garnished with parsley served in a white bowl.

Low-carb Philly cheesesteak soup [Keto]

Total Diabetes Wellness
Savor the familiar taste of a Philly cheesesteak in a comforting, low-carb soup. With tender steak slices, earthy mushrooms, and colorful bell peppers, this hearty dish offers a wholesome twist on a classic favorite. Simmered in a creamy broth with a hint of provolone cheese, each spoonful promises warmth and satisfaction. Perfect for any occasion, this easy-to-make soup is bound to please even the pickiest of eaters.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings
Net Carbs 5 g
*Net carbs are per serving


  • 3 tablespoons butter or olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 cups beef broth
  • 1 ½ pounds steak, thinly sliced
  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream
  • 6 ounces provolone cheese, shredded
  • Optional garnish: chopped fresh parsley, shredded provolone cheese


  • In a large Dutch oven or pot over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter (or olive oil). Add the onion and cook 3-5 minutes until softened. Add the garlic and cook for another 30 seconds until fragrant.
    Top-view of sautéing onions in large dutch oven pot.
  • Add the mushrooms, and cook for about 5 minutes, until they’ve softened.
    Top view of sautéing onions, garlic, and mushrooms in a large stock pot.
  • Add the green and red peppers, remaining 1 tablespoon of butter, Worcestershire sauce, parsley, salt, and black pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes until the vegetables are soft.
    Top view of sautéing mushrooms, onions, and bell peppers in a large dutch oven to make Philly cheesesteak soup.
  • Slowly add the beef broth to the pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Add the sliced steak.
    Top view of low-carb Philly cheesesteak soup cooking in a stock pot.
  • Add the heavy cream and provolone cheese to the pot. Simmer, stirring often for 20 minutes.
    Top view of low-carb Philly cheesesteak soup cooking in a dutch oven.
  • Optional: garnish with additional chopped parsley and shredded provolone cheese. Enjoy!
    Close-up of low-carb Philly cheesesteak soup in a white bowl.



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Steak selection:

  • Look for cuts of steak that are tender and thinly sliced to ensure quick and even cooking. Popular choices include flank steak, sirloin steak, or ribeye steak. These cuts offer a balance of flavor and tenderness, making them ideal for soups.
  • For added convenience, consider using thinly sliced roast beef as an alternative to traditional steak. Thinly sliced roast beef provides a similar texture and flavor profile to steak, making it a convenient option for those looking to simplify meal preparation without compromising on taste.


  • Meat: For a different twist, consider using chicken or turkey instead of steak in the soup. Simply thinly slice the chicken or turkey and add it to the soup during the cooking process.
  • Dairy-free: To make the soup dairy-free, substitute the heavy cream with a non-dairy alternative such as coconut cream or almond milk. Additionally, omit the provolone cheese or replace it with a dairy-free cheese alternative.
  • Vegetables: For a vegetarian version of the soup, omit the steak altogether and increase the quantity of mushrooms and bell peppers. You can also add additional vegetables such as zucchini, spinach, or kale to enhance the nutritional content of the soup.
  • Low-sodium: To reduce the sodium content of the soup, opt for low-sodium beef broth and Worcestershire sauce. Adjust the amount of salt added to the soup according to taste preferences, using herbs and spices to enhance the flavor without relying solely on salt.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this Philly cheesesteak soup recipe Keto?

Yes, this recipe is Keto. A serving is 1-cup, and has 5 grams of net carbs. You could have 2 servings of this soup and still be within Keto limits for a meal. This Philly cheesesteak soup is a good option if you’re closely counting carbs.

Is this recipe gluten-free?

Yes, this recipe is gluten-free. Make sure your Worcestershire sauce is gluten-free. We use and recommend Lea & Perrins Original Worcestershire Sauce; it’s available almost everywhere and is gluten-free.

Storage and Reheating Guidelines

  • Make-ahead: The soup can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Simply reheat before serving.
  • Storing leftovers: Leftover soup should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.
  • Freezing instructions: While it is possible to freeze the soup, the texture of the dairy-based broth may change upon thawing. Consider freezing individual portions in freezer-safe containers for best results.
  • To reheat: Reheat the soup gently on the stovetop over low heat or in the microwave until heated through, stirring occasionally to ensure even heating.

Additional Details

The origins of the iconic Philly cheesesteak sandwich date back to the 1930s in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Traditionally made with thinly sliced beef, sautéed onions, and melted cheese, this sandwich has become a staple in American cuisine. Over time, variations of this classic dish have emerged, including the adaptation into a delicious soup. This soup brings the flavors of the classic Philly cheesesteak sandwich into a comforting bowl, perfect for those managing diabetes and looking for delicious, low-carb options.

Details about ingredients

  • Tender slices of steak serve as the foundation of this dish, providing a rich source of protein while keeping the carb count low.
  • Earthy mushrooms add depth and texture to the soup, complementing the savory flavors of the beef.
  • Colorful bell peppers enhance the visual appeal and contribute a subtle sweetness to the overall flavor profile.
  • Worcestershire sauce, fresh parsley, and a hint of black pepper further elevate the taste, creating a harmonious blend of aromas and flavors.
  • Heavy cream and shredded provolone cheese are used to achieve a creamy consistency without compromising on carb content.


  • For a lighter option, consider substituting the heavy cream with unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk.
  • Experimenting with different types of cheese, such as cheddar or mozzarella, can add a unique twist to the recipe.
  • For a heartier meal, add low-carb vegetables like cauliflower or broccoli florets to enhance the nutritional value of the soup.

Pairing suggestions

  • Serve the soup alongside a slice of low-carb garlic bread.
  • Pair the soup with a side of steamed or roasted low-carb vegetables such as broccoli or cauliflower for added nutrition and texture.
  • For a lighter accompaniment, enjoy the soup with a simple side salad of mixed greens tossed with a light vinaigrette dressing to complement the rich and savory flavors of the dish.

Benefits for people with diabetes

Low-carb recipes like Philly Cheesesteak Soup offer a delicious and satisfying option for individuals seeking to manage their diabetes while enjoying flavorful meals. By using low-carb ingredients and incorporating lean proteins, this soup provides a nourishing and satisfying meal option without causing spikes in blood sugar levels.


  • To save time, consider using pre-sliced steak or leftover cooked steak from a previous meal.
  • Adjust the seasoning according to personal taste preferences, adding more or less salt and pepper as desired.
  • For a thicker consistency, blend a portion of the soup using an immersion blender before adding the heavy cream and cheese.
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days, reheating gently on the stovetop or in the microwave before serving.

Low-carb Philly cheesesteak soup offers a delicious twist on a classic favorite, providing a flavorful and satisfying meal option for individuals managing diabetes. With its rich and savory flavors, this soup is healthy, delicious, and filling. Whether enjoyed as a comforting meal on a chilly evening or as a wholesome lunch option, this recipe is sure to become a favorite!

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  1. 5 stars
    This recipe was so good on a cold day! Easy to make and really delicious, my whole family enjoyed the soup.

    1. Hi Allison, thanks for your feedback! I’m so glad to hear your family enjoyed this recipe 🙂