Sunday, February 2, 2014

Low Carb Beefy Fauxtato Soup - MMMMmmmmmm Good!

Beefy Fauxtatoes Soup with Gruyere Cheese Croutons
We’ve had unseasonably and unreasonably cold weather this winter. In Houston, that just doesn’t happen, and it leads me to question whether or not Global Warming is just a bunch of malarkey? I won’t be distracted from my appointed rounds by politics. So let me say instead that when cold weather strikes, we strike back—with soup! Yes, my friends (all 2 of ya’s), soup is what cures the chilblains of your soul.

Beefy Fauxtato Soup
And this time, I didn’t want just “any soup.” I wanted a beefy, hearty, Chunky-soupy type of experience without all the chemicals and ingredients you can’t pronounce! I wanted beefy potato soup! But hey! We’re not ‘posed to be eating taters on a low carb, keto, paleoesque-primally, delicious diet! Right?

Well what’s a girl to do?

Easy, y’all! If you’re feeling super carb-conscious, cubed cauliflower, radishes, and turnips make very credible tater substitutes. If you have traveled the carb ladder and realize you CAN enjoy things such as rutabaga (aka Swedes) in moderation, add them! They're very potato-y. One way we have our taters and eat them too is to combine rutabaga (higher carb) with lower carb root veg like turnips and also some cauliflower (an above-ground veggie hero). This combination yields a great fauxtato experience. I swear! No deprivation involved!

Gitchasome! Beefy Fauxtato Soup - Low Carb, Keto, Paleo-Primal and Diabetic-friendly!

I also took a shortcut, cuz we’re also not bothered by cooked carrots in moderation. Sam’s Club has a Normandy Blend of frozen veg: broccoli, cauliflower, yellow and orange carrots that work great in soups and stews. Because I like to keep the broccoli as brightly colored as possible, we always nuke and add these veggies at the end—sometimes per serving!

The soup is very forgiving—make your favorite flavor profile by switching-up the seasoning. Add cheese sauce for a cheese or cheeseburger soup. Add different veg and have a creamy, rich broccoli cheese soup. You get the picture? Play with your food and make it your own!

Sometimes we go so far as to whip up a batch of our Southern Biscuits. 1 Biscuit serves Denny and me very easily. We split it. Toast the outsides, then flip the halves over and top with Gruyere cheese. Toast that and then we split 1 side into halves so we can each have a piece of cheese toast. We’ll quarter the other half of the cheese biscuit and place 2 “cheese croutons” into each mug of soup. Delish!!! But believe me, you don’t have to add the cheese toast or cheese croutons to the soup to enjoy it. It’s fantastic. You’ll make it again and again!

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Beef and Fauxtato Soup

Serving Size: 1 1/2 - 2 Cups    Yield: 20 Cups of Soup
Preparation Time: 20 Minutes
Cooking Time: 4 Hours
Start to Finish: 4 Hours 20 Minutes

Move over Chunky! There's a new soup boss in town filled with beefy, fauxtato-ey goodness. Freezes and reheats great!

1 pound 80/20 ground beef
1 pound hot pork breakfast sausage, raw (Jimmy Dean’s Hot)
2 cups red onion, chopped
4 ounces mushrooms
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons granulated garlic
sea salt
fresh ground black pepper
6 cups bone broth—or low sodium beef broth/chicken broth
8 cups water
10 ounces turnip, ½-inch cubes
1 pound rutabaga, ½-inch cubes
1 pound frozen vegetables, Normandy Blend (Sam’s Club)—frozen veggie combination: cauliflower, broccoli and carrots


Toppings (Optional)

1 Low Carb Biscuits, Savory
1 1/2 ounces Gruyere cheese, grated

Sauté ground beef, pan sausage (aka breakfast sausage), onion and sliced mushrooms with granulated garlic, kosher or sea salt and pepper, in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat until browned. Pour into slow cooker. Add broth and water. Cook on high 4-6 hours.

1 hour before serving, preheat oven to 450°. Peel and dice turnip and rutabaga. Spray with olive oil spray and season with granulated garlic, kosher or sea salt and fresh black pepper. Place on a parchment or foil-lined baking sheet. Roast 45-60 minutes, stirring once halfway through cooking. Add to soup 15-30 minutes before serving.

Nuke veggie blend 3-5 minutes in microwave safe bowl just prior to serving. Add hot veggies to the soup. Stir and cook an addition 5 minutes. Serve immediately.

NOTES: We love this hearty soup. Serve it as is or morph it into many different kinds of soup: thicken it for stew, add cheese sauce for a creamy soup, add cream, make it your own. Top it with lettuce and tomato for a heartier cheeseburger soup. So much nutrition in a bowl!

Normandy Blend is a frozen veggie blend available at Sam's Club. It has cauliflower, broccoli, yellow and orange carrots and works great in soups and stews. We don't worry about the carb count from the carrots; 1 cup of Beefy Fauxtato Soup is only 4.65g Net Carbs and we eat 2 cups per serving. So still under 10g Net Carbs for a very filling meal.

Beef and Fauxtato Soup makes about 20 cups of soup. We enjoy eating 1 1/2-2 cups per serving, but you can decide how much your carb budget allows per serving! Gitchasome!

Serving Ideas: Top with low carb asiago croutons or serve with a low carb biscuit or side salad.

Nutritional Information:

Per Cup of Soup (Without Croutons): 164 Calories; 11g Fat (60.3% calories from fat); 10g Protein; 6.35g Carbohydrate; 1.7g Dietary Fiber; 34mg Cholesterol; 4.65g Net Carbohydrate

Per Cheese Crouton: 33 Calories; 2g Fat (64.2% calories from fat); 2g Protein; 0.875g Carbohydrate; 0.625g Dietary Fiber; 15mg Cholesterol; 0.25g Net Carbohydrate

Per 1 1/2 Cups of Soup with 2 Croutons: 246 Calories; 21.5g Fat; 19g Protein; 11.275g Carbohydrate; 3.8g Dietary Fiber; 7.48g Net Carbohydrate

Per 2 Cups of Soup With 2 Croutons: 394 Calories: 24g Fat; 24g Protein: 14.45g Carbohydrate; 3.9g Dietary Fiber; 10.6g Net Carbohydrate

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  1. Not to be political either, but check out Australia weather.

    1. Yes, global warming isn't something to joke about. Sorry Australia is having such a brutal go. So many places in the states are too. :(


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