Healthy French Onion Soup {A Meatless Monday Recipe

Healthy French Onion Soup {A Meatless Monday Recipe

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I found this recipe for healthy French onion soup over at Vegetarian Times. I have always wanted to try the full-blown version of french onion soup but decided this vegetarian recipe would be a good Meatless Monday post because this version of the soup is a lot healthier and has less fat. A major plus!

Traditional French onion soups can contain fat as much as 39 grams per serving. This healthy french onion soup recipe has just about 10 grams of fat per serving and tastes pretty darn good too.

This healthier take on the classic French Onion has only about 10 grams of fat per serving and tastes pretty darn good too. healthy French onion soup can capture the very essence of Paris, without any guilt. 

ingredients to make soup

How To Make Healthy French Onion Soup 

Heat butter and oil in a heavy, large saucepan over medium heat. Add in the onions, garlic, and salt, and cook 5 minutes, stirring often.

sliced onions

Reduce the heat to as low as possible; cook, stirring occasionally.

onions cooking in pan

Cook the onions until they are tender and brown; about 50 to 60 minutes.

browned onions in pan

When the onions are tender, stir in the flour. Cook 3 to 4 minutes, stirring constantly.

browned onions in pan with flour

Stir in the broth, mustard, and red wine vinegar to the onion mixture.

pouring broth into pan

Cover, and simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

simmering pan with lid

Preheat the broiler. Ladle soup into oven-safe bowls. 

NOTE: *If you do not have an oven-safe individual baking dish, then you can toast the bread with cheese on a baking sheet. Once the cheese is melted, place it in the bowl with the soup.

bowls with bread and cheese ready for soup

Top each bowl of soup with a slice of bread and grated cheese.

Healthy French Onion Soup topped with cheese

Place the bowls of soup under the broiler. Broil until the cheese is bubbly and golden; about 1 to 2 minutes.

Healthy French Onion Soup under broiler in oven

Serve hot with extra slices of bread for dipping.

Healthy French Onion Soup ready to eat

My advice?

Don’t you dare rush the onions!! Believe me, it takes a while to brown them on such a low heat, but it will be worth the time and you will not be disappointed. Slices of toasted bread, with just enough melted cheese complete this dish.

This healthy French onion soup was a great soup for a cold winter night. I only wished I had more bread to go along with the soup, but didn’t need the carbs anyway. 

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French Onion Soup

This Healthy French Onion Soup has only about 10 grams of fat per serving and tastes pretty darn good too. Capture the essence of Paris, without the guilt.
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine French
Keyword French, healthy, Onion, soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 728kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 large onions halved and thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 8 cups low-sodium vegetable stock
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • cup Gruyère cheese shredded
  • 4 Slices bread that fit your dishes the soup will go in.*

Instructions

  • Heat the butter and oil in a large heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add in the onions, garlic, and salt, and cook 5 minutes, stirring often. 
  • Reduce the heat to as low as possible; cook, stirring occasionally. Cook the onions until they are tender and brown; about 50 to 60 minutes.
  • When the onions are tender, stir in the flour. Cook 3 to 4 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Stir in the broth, mustard, and red wine vinegar to the onion mixture. Cover, and simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Preheat broiler.
  • Ladle soup into oven-safe bowls. Top each bowl of soup with a slice of bread and grated cheese. Place the bowls of soup under the broiler.
  • Broil until the cheese is bubbly and golden; about 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Serve hot with extra slices of bread for dipping.

Notes

* If you do not have an oven-safe individual baking dish, then you can toast the bread with cheese on a baking sheet. Once the cheese is melted, place it in the bowl with the soup.
Recipe adapted from Vegetarian Times

Nutrition

Calories: 728kcal | Carbohydrates: 82g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 4826mg | Potassium: 703mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 2770IU | Vitamin C: 29.1mg | Calcium: 617mg | Iron: 3.1mg
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