Creamy Tomato Soup with Chicken and Vegetables

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This creamy tomato soup is loaded with lean ground chicken, Italian seasonings and ultra-healthy cruciferous vegetables, and is magically low carb, fiber-rich, gluten free and ready in 30 minutes!

This Low-Carb Creamy Tomato Soup is Our New Best Friend. 

If you’re one of many (SO many!) wonderful people that have been making our Creamy, Tomato-y Tortellini Soup, then you are going to love this creamy tomato soup with chicken and vegetables—a low-carb riff on that carb-laden, surprise smash hit.

Holly and I worked for so, so long to make sure that when we shared our tortellini soup recipe, we felt confident that it was the best tortellini soup the world has ever seen. A luscious, creamy tomato soup, flavored with garlic, kale and sausage—what’s not to love? It gave us so much joy to see you all out there, making what we now refer to as THE SOUP over and over and over again.

creamy tomato and veggie soup with ground chicken on a ladle

Our Favorite Gluten Free Soup.

The only thing that bummed us out about that Creamy Tomato Tortellini soup was that there was no way for it to be gluten free. I mean tortellini—there really is no great GF replacement. So, for those of you that felt left out of The Soup 2018, this 2019 version is for you. It has the exact same addictive, creamy tomato flavor, but it’s been tweaked to suit a few more dietary preferences. Instead of tortellini and sausage, this creamy tomato soup is loaded with lean chicken and ultra-healthy cruciferous vegetables, and is magically:    

  • Low carb!
  • Fiber-rich!
  • Gluten free!
  • Pork free!
  • Ready in 30 minutes!
Ingredients laid out cauliflower, ground chicken, zucchini, kale, chicken stock, tomatoes, cream

How Do You Make Creamy Tomato Soup?

Knowing how to make the best creamy tomato soup on earth is—we realize now—basically our superpower. And there’s no reason it can’t be yours, too, because making a comforting cream of tomato soup from scratch is really, really easy. It’s weeknight-dinner easy. It’s “I only have 20 minutes to get dinner on the table” easy. All of those savory, cozy tomato soup flavors that you love come from a few simple things:

  1. Sautéed onions. The smell of onions simmering in a hot pan, and that sizzle—it’s how every great meal, including this one, begins.
  2. A handful of classic Italian spices. Think fennel and a dash of dried oregano, rosemary, basil and sage—or just use a sprinkle of Italian seasoning if you’ve got it handy.
  3. Plenty of fresh garlic cloves. Of course.
  4. Stock. Good quality broth brings a lot of savory flavor to any soup you make. We love this brand, but use whichever kind you love.  
  5. Tomatoes—the best you can find! We’re calling for canned tomatoes and tomato paste here, since we love to make this soup during the colder months, but feel free use fresh tomatoes for the canned during tomato season.

Simmer that along with some browned, ground chicken and a healthy pour of gorgeous heavy cream you’ve got yourself one killer creamy tomato soup. Just add veggies, and dinner is served!

Family-Friendly, Gluten-Free, Veggie Soup?

When I tell people how much my kids love soup I almost always get an eye roll. But, really what’s not to love? Flavor-packed and full of nutritious things—chicken! Veggies!—we let them pick out what they want to eat from it and leave the rest. They’ll usually pick out some veggies and leave the chicken, and I call that a win. We lay some low-key dinnertime ground rules, and it seems to help our kids to be a little adventurous about trying new things:

  1. Don’t just say “this looks gross.” You don’t know if you haven’t tried it.
  2. Try one bite of something new without complaining first.
  3. Eat three bites of something that isn’t your “favorite”.
  4. Eat every bite of what we know you love.

So, for this creamy tomato soup with chicken and vegetables, they’ll usually eat all the chicken, all the cauliflower, three bites of the zucchini and one bite of kale. But, sometimes they totally shock me and eat every last bite.  What has worked for you when it comes to dinnertime with the kids? How do you help your kids to try new things?

Creamy Tomato And Mixed Vegetable Soup With Italian Chicken Sausage in a bowl with a spoon

Can You Freeze Tomato Soup?

YES! And with everything we've added to this tomato it's the perfect make-ahead meal. Simply remove the soup from the heat right before you’d add the cauliflower or zucchini. Then toss them in raw, and freeze the soup. That way, when you reheat the soup you’re sure to have nice, crisp veggies instead of sad mushy ones. 

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Creamy Tomato And Mixed Vegetable Soup With Italian Chicken Sausage in a bowl with a spoon

More Easy, Low-Carb Dinners.

  • These Lasagna-Stuffed Zucchini Boats are sure to satisfy all your cold weather cravings. They are also great if you’re doing the keto diet and need to meal prep for the week!
  • Roasted Chicken Over Cabbage is one of our most-loved recipes. The chicken cooks the cabbage as it roasts, making this one pan dinner as delicious as it is easy.

Low carb creamy tomato soup with mixed vegetables and Italian chicken sausage

Did you make this creamy tomato soup with chicken and vegetables? 

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Creamy Tomato Soup with Chicken and Vegetables

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 tbsp olive oil
1 lb ground chicken
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp fennel
1 onion, minced
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 quart of chicken stock
1 14oz can crushed tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp salt
1 bunch kale, stems removed, roughly chopped
2 small zucchini, sliced
1 small head cauliflower cut into florets
1 cup heavy cream
6-8 fresh basil leaves, ribboned
parmesan cheese (optional)
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)

Method

  1. Heat a large soup pot over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the chicken, onions, garlic and Italian seasoning to the pot and and sauté until the meat is browned onions are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. (Drain off any excessive fat.)
  3. Add the chicken stock, crushed tomatoes and tomato paste. Whisk until tomato paste is fully incorporated. Bring to a boil, season with salt then simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Add the kale, cauliflower, zucchini and heavy cream.
  5. Simmer for 10 minutes until the cauliflower is tender.
  6. Serve with parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes if desired.