Keto cauliflower soup with crispy pancetta

Keto cauliflower soup with crispy pancetta

No time? No problem. This soup proves that keto food can be just as quick and easy as it is deeply satisfying. A silky, creamy soup topped with the salty crunch of fried pancetta, cauliflower and nuts. Who knew fast food could be so luxurious?

Keto cauliflower soup with crispy pancetta

No time? No problem. This soup proves that keto food can be just as quick and easy as it is deeply satisfying. A silky, creamy soup topped with the salty crunch of fried pancetta, cauliflower and nuts. Who knew fast food could be so luxurious?
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6 servingservings

Ingredients

  • 1 lb 450 g cauliflower, cut into small florets, divided
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp butter
  • 7 oz. 200 g pancetta, diced or bacon
  • 3 oz. 85 g pecans, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp paprika powder or smoked chili powder
  • 4 cups 950 ml chicken broth or vegetable stock
  • 7 oz. (45 cup) 200 g (210 ml) cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 4 oz. (½ cup) 110 g (120 ml) unsalted butter
  • ¾ tsp ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ½ tsp pepper
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Instructions

Instructions are for 6 servings. Please modify as needed.

  1. Chop a handful of the cauliflower florets, into ¼ inch (0.5 cm) pieces.
  2. Melt the butter in a medium-sized frying pan, over medium-high heat. Add the chopped cauliflower pieces, and pancetta. Sauté for about 8-10 minutes or until the pancetta becomes crispy. During the last few minutes, stir in the pecans and paprika. Set aside.
  3. Add the broth and the rest of the cauliflower florets to a medium-sized, soup pot. Cover and bring to a boil for a couple of minutes, over high heat.
  4. Reduce the temperature to medium, and add the cream cheese, mustard, butter, salt, and pepper. Using an immersion blender, combine the ingredients to the desired consistency; blending the mixture for a longer time will produce a creamier soup.
  5. To serve, ladle the soup into bowls, and top with the pancetta-pecan mixture.

Tip!

Like variety? Then swap out the pecans for your favorite blend of nuts and seeds. And if you are running low on stock, no worries. Just replace it with lightly salted water.

Recommended special equipment

  • Immersion blender
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50 comments

  1. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    Made this tonight-- think it's my favorite soup yet. Slight alterations: Used riced cauliflower and it cut the time and prep hassle way the heck down. Blended perfectly smooth for a nice thick soup, just kept on with the immersion blender until I was satisfied with the texture. Also used bacon instead of pancetta, and it was absolutely delicious.

    Great way to save time, Ben! I am glad you loved this one!

  2. Sam
    Is there an error in the directions? Says to saute cauliflower w/pancetta, adding nuts and paprika...at the beginning but then asks to add nut and pancetta at the end??
    Reply: #53
  3. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    Is there an error in the directions? Says to saute cauliflower w/pancetta, adding nuts and paprika...at the beginning but then asks to add nut and pancetta at the end??

    Hi, Sam! At the end, you will top with the pancetta mixture that you set aside in step 2.

  4. Irena MM
    My family does not like cauliflower but I try different recipes in hope I will find one that will change their minds. Without too much expectation I tried this one and Bingo! This was a great soup which everyone liked very much. I did not follow all ingredients as I used what I had at hand (mixed nuts instead only pecan, added some potatoes, cream instead cheese). It was super creamy, with hint of mustard and topping with paprika gave an extra delicious taste. This recipe goes to my favorite recipe list. Thank you!
  5. Stephanie
    HI
    could you tell me what is 325 ml of vegetable stock , is it a cure like knot with 325ml of water mixed ?
    thank you /
    Reply: #56
  6. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    HI
    could you tell me what is 325 ml of vegetable stock , is it a cure like knot with 325ml of water mixed ?
    thank you /

    Vegetable broth is the residual water after boiling vegetables. It can frequently be purchased in a can or box.

  7. Alyssa
    This recipe is amazing!! Tastes just like potato soup! The pecans are strange at first, but ultimately add some great body to an already great soup, and I'm not even a big fan of soup! I put a little cheddar cheese on top too to make it like a loaded "potato" soup and it really rounds out the flavor. It's also really filling! I will definitely add this to my rotation of recipes.
  8. Julie B
    This was way better than I thought it would be. I use bacon grease whenever possible (it’s free & tasty) so I cooked a bag of fresh cauliflower rice (sometimes ya just gotta save time & I had a coupon) and it was so easy. Excellent recipe.
    Reply: #60
  9. Julie B
    This is a good idea
  10. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    This was way better than I thought it would be. I use bacon grease whenever possible (it’s free & tasty) so I cooked a bag of fresh cauliflower rice (sometimes ya just gotta save time & I had a coupon) and it was so easy. Excellent recipe.

    Pre-riced cauliflower is a great time saver! So glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  11. Julie B
    Keep a jar of chicken bouillon powder on hand just in case you need a little extra chicken broth
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