LIGHTER FRENCH ONION SOUP

Published on: 01/20/2021
lighter french onion soup
lighter french onion soup

LIGHTER FRENCH ONION SOUP

This is a winter-warming dish, that has forever been one of my favorites. I lightened it up with vegetable broth versus beef broth, lower fat cheese, less sodium and more garlic. A perfect start to one of the iron-packed dishes above, especially as we await the winter vortex…It takes a while, but 95% of the time is in the slower cooker.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
slow cooker 10 hours
Total Time 10 hours 13 minutes
Course Soup
Servings 4

Equipment

  • slow cooker

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 sweet onions such as Vidalia, thinly sliced
  • 3-4 garlic cloves minced
  • 6 cups vegetable broth low sodium
  • 1/4 cup sherry
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  • Freshly ground pepper and salt to taste
  • 4 slices whole grain or whole wheat baguette
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese reduced fat
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives for garnish

Instructions
 

  • In a slow cooker, add butter, onions and garlic. Cook on low heat for 5-6 hours, until the onions are golden and caramelized.
  • Add the broth, sherry, bay leaf and thyme. Continue to cook with the slow cooker on low for another 4 to 5 hours.
  • Season the soup with salt and pepper. Preheat the broiler on your oven.
  • Ladle the soup into oven-safe bowls and place 1 slice of baguette on top of each. Sprinkle ¼ cup of cheese on top of each baguette. Broil the soup until the cheese is melted and well-browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Serve immediately, garnished with chives. Makes 4 servings.

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