Lower fat French Onion SoupSubmitted by: MELISSAROSE82
IntroductionConsidering that a regular 1 cup serving of French Onion Soup can contain800+ calories, i think this is a vast improvement!
The flavor is rich and satisfying and when properly prepared it is truly delicious! Considering that a regular 1 cup serving of French Onion Soup can contain800+ calories, i think this is a vast improvement!
The flavor is rich and satisfying and when properly prepared it is truly delicious!
4 Onions, thinly sliced
3 Tbs Country Crock or other butter substitute
4 Cups water
5 beef bullion cubes
1.5 oz red wine (3 tbs)
1Tbs balsamic vinegar
1Tbs Worcestershire Sauce(3 tsp)
1 tsp Sugar
4 slice whole wheat bread cut into cubes and toasted in the oven
1/4 cup shredded swiss cheese divided into 1 tbs portions ( should be 4)
Begin by thinly slicing your 4 onions and combining them in a large pan with the 3 tbs country crock and 1 tsp salt. Cook them over Med. heat until they are carmelized. Do not omit salt, it is needed for proper carmelization! This step can take a while, be patient and keep stirring to keep the onions from burning.
While carmelizing onions, place 4 cups of water in a microwave safe container and drop in the bullion cubes. microwave until bullion cubes are dissolved. ( takes my microwave about 5 min)
After broth is made and onions are carmelized, pour broth into pan. Add the wine, worcestershire sauce, & sugar.
Simmer for 10 min.
Add optional 1/2 tbs soy sauce if the flavor needs more depth.
While soup is simmering cut he bread slices into cubes and toast in the oven. Shred Swiss cheese.
After bread cubes/croutons are finished ladle 1 cup into an oven save bowl or Mug. I like to use a mug so that the surface is smaller and my cheese doesn't seem too sparce! top with bread cubes/croutons and shredded swiss cheese.
Place Mug/bowl on a baking pan with a raised lip in case of spills and broil until melted and toasty on top...enjoy!!
Number of Servings: 4
Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user MELISSAROSE82.
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Having tried one other of this member's recipes I decided to give this one a try as well.
I must say using whole wheat bread made into croutons instead of a slice of french bread is a really genius touch!
Thanks for the pictures!
this was melty,rich and satisfying! - 10/29/08
This recipe is great but I use my own beef stock in place of the beef bouillon. Just simmer beef bones (raw and cooked)with water, onions, carrots, celery and thyme for a couple days. Strain through cheese cloth, remove fat and you have low fat, low sodium beef stock. Freeze what you don't use. - 2/3/10