- Servings Per Recipe: 6
- Amount Per Serving
- Calories: 269.5
- Total Fat: 11.6 g
- Cholesterol: 3.9 mg
- Sodium: 603.7 mg
- Total Carbs: 34.3 g
- Dietary Fiber: 2.6 g
- Protein: 7.0 g
Down2Sexy's Famous French Onion SoupSubmitted by: DOWN2SEXY
IntroductionUnlike many of the French Onion Soup recipes on SparkRecipes. com, the nutrition values listed for this one include the bread and cheese toppings. Lower in fat and sodium than any pre-packaged version of this all-time favorite, this French Onion Soup wll rival any you get in a restaurant when it comes to taste. The key to a successful soup is to cook the onons slowly, consistenly reducing the cooking temperature. Unlike many of the French Onion Soup recipes on SparkRecipes. com, the nutrition values listed for this one include the bread and cheese toppings. Lower in fat and sodium than any pre-packaged version of this all-time favorite, this French Onion Soup wll rival any you get in a restaurant when it comes to taste. The key to a successful soup is to cook the onons slowly, consistenly reducing the cooking temperature.
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
5 medium (2-1/2 inch diameter) onions (I use 3 yellow onions and 2 red onions)
1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
2 tablespoons Merlot or other red wine
4 cups Swanson 100% fat-free, reduced sodium beef broth
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt (I use coarse sea salt)
6 slices French, Italian, or sourdough bread, cut into cubes
3/4 ounce shredded Gruyere cheese
Continue cooking onions, stirring frequently, until they start to brown (about 15 minutes). Reduce heat to medium-low, cover the pot and continue cooking, stirring frequently, until onions are browned and carmelized. Pour in red wine and cook, stirring constantly, until the wine has all cooked off and the pot is de-glazed. Add beef broth all at once, stirring while pouring to loosen any remaining bits of onion from the sides and bottom of the pot.
Cover, reduce heat and simmer the soup for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. While soup is simmering, preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Ladle 1 .5 cupx of soup into each of 6 ovenproof soup cups or bowls. Top each bowl of soup with 1 slice of cubed bread and divide teh shredded Gruyere evenly over the bowls of soup.
Place bowls on a baking sheet and bake in pre-heated 400 degree oven for 5 minutes or until cheese has started to melt, but still retains it's shape. Remove from oven and allow to stand for 1 or 2 minutes before serving. Caution: Soup will be very hot!
Makes 6 2-cup servings (1.5 cup soup, .5 cup bread and cheese mixture), each of which is filling enough to make a meal. .
Number of Servings: 6
Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user DOWN2SEXY.
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Panera Bread, eat your heart out! Absolutely fabulous! It's now in our favourite recipe list and we can't wait to serve it to visiting friends and family :) Thanks for posting! - 7/24/11
Reply from DOWN2SEXY (7/25/11)
Thanks for taking time to rate my recipe for French Onion Soup and for leaving such a complimentary comment. I'm really glad you enjoyed it.
This was an amazing soup and I was totally full after eating it which was great! I thought it was a bit sweet, but my fiance thought it was fantastic. Thank you for this recipe!! I will be making it again. - 1/7/13
Reply from DOWN2SEXY (1/15/13)
Thanks for taking time to rate my recipe and leave a complimentary comment. I'm glad you and your fiance enjoyed the soup. It is really filling -and for not that many calories! Next time you make it, you might reduce the brown sugar. Some onions are sweeter than others, so that can make a difference
Tried this with a few modifications: no sugar, added 8 oz of sliced mushrooms that had to be used up, plus used the homemade stock from pulled pork and pulled beef (made that last weekend). Used the crockpot to simmer it to assist my schedule - we liked it very much. - 4/4/12
Followed the recipe exactly, but found it more sweet than salty. The bread didn't crisp, but a few minutes under the broiler might fix that. I would DEFINITELY make this recipe again, but perhaps cut the brown sugar, increase the beef broth slightly, and broil on high for a few minutes. - 1/17/12
I too think it was a little sweet; I used exactly the amount of brown sugar, but half again as much broth and I still find it a bit on the sweet side. But overall, a really good soup recipe! - 3/16/11
Reply from DOWN2SEXY (3/29/11)
Thanks for taking time to rate and comment on my recipe. When I get a chance, I'll check the recipe to see if I entered the correct amount on the brown sugar. I know tastes differ, but it's also possible that I typed it in wrong! LOL
good soup. I added Worchester sauce. Next time I will decrease the brown sugar by half. - 2/24/11
Reply from DOWN2SEXY (3/5/11)
Thanks for taking time to rate my recipe and leave a complimentary comment. I'm glad you enjoyed the soup. It's one of our favorites.
Pretty good but too sweet for me, I would take out almost all the brown sugar next time. - 3/13/10
Reply from DOWN2SEXY (3/15/10)
Thanks for taking time to comment on my recipe. I hope it suits you better after you reduce the sugar.
Great! - 2/23/10
Reply from DOWN2SEXY (2/24/10)
Thanks for taking time to review and comment on my recipe. I'm glad you liked it.
Thank you for this LOVELY soup!! It is now a staple in our girls night dinners!! It is savoury and filling, and perfect for warm winter evenings!! I use half smoked Gruyere half regular sometimes for a little extra flavor!
Thanks again!!! - 11/23/09
Reply from DOWN2SEXY (11/23/09)
Thanks for taking time to rate my recipe and for leaving such a complimentary comment. I'm glad you're enjoying it.
I made this today and it was so perfect on a rainy, cold and gloomy day. It's my son's favorite soup and his request, but we all enjoyed it. Very little is sacrified from the traditional recipe to make this just a bit healthier and you are so right, slow reduction boosts flavor. Great recipe. THX! - 10/25/09
Reply from DOWN2SEXY (10/27/09)
Thanks for taking time to rate my recipe and leave a complimentary comment. I'm a soup lover in the fall and winter. Nothing warms like a nice, hot bowl of soup. I'm glad your family enjoyed it.
Down2Sexy, I loved your soup. We had it tonight for dinner.
Diane (Vollmeld) - 10/13/09
Reply from DOWN2SEXY (10/14/09)
Thanks for taking time to rate my recipe and leave a complimentary comment. It's officially soup weather where I live now, so I'm thinking about making some of this soup soon. Today, it's chicken noodle soup, though, because I'm under the weather.
This sounds great. I'm going to try it this weekend. - 4/18/09
Reply from DOWN2SEXY (4/18/09)
I hope you enjoy it. I kind of wish I had bought more onions when I went to the grocery today. French Onion Soup sounds good to me now! LOL
D2, this was yummy and I'm glad you shared it. Way better than the other one I tried and my fiance, who loves french onion soup, agreed it was the best he's tried. Love the addition of the brown sugar to the onions. Takes a while to make but is worth it. - 2/3/09
Reply from DOWN2SEXY (2/3/09)
Thank you so much for the favorable rating and for your kind comments. I'm like your fiance, I really love French Onion Soup and this is by far the best I've ever had, I think. I based this on a recipe in "The Joy of Cooking" but "skinnied" it up so I wouldn't have to live without it!