My husband loves French Onion Soup. When you think of French Onion Soup you can picture all the gooey cheese and of course the calories to go with it. Years ago I received a set of recipe cards by Healthy Meals in Minutes. It was one of those gifts that keeps on giving. I think I received a packet of recipes every month for about a years. We love the French Onion Soup recipe from Healthy Meals in Minutes. Over the years I have tweaked it a bit.
You start with a lot of onion. After you peel your onions place them under running water to rinse. This will help you cry less when you start to slice them!
The onions need to caramelize, which always longer than I expect. I am always in a hurry. You need to patient with the onions and let them go on their own.
Once the onions are caramelized you can add the other ingredients. The soup is portioned into oven safe bowls. Topped with good French or Italian bread and cheese.
French Onion Soup
- 1 ½ teaspoon olive oil
- 2 large vidallia onions
- ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
- 2 cups water
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 ½ teaspoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup reduced-sodium beef broth
- ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 4 thin slices French bread
- 4 tablespoons grated Swiss cheese
- 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat.
- Add onions, thyme, and 1 tablespoon of water.
- Cover; cook for 5 minutes.
- Uncover; reduce heat to medium-low.
- Cook until onions are golden, stirring, about 15-20 minutes.
- Add garlic; saute for 1 minute.
- Add flour; reduce heat to medium.
- Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.
- Stir in the broth, remaining water, and nutmeg.
- Bring to a boil; skim off foam.
- Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
- Preheat broiler.
- Place 4 heat proof bowls on a baking sheet; ladle soup into bowls.
- Top each with a slice of French bread; spinkle with Swiss cheese and Parmesan.
- Broil until cheese is bubbly, about 1 minute.
- Serve immediately.
I am guessing that the indicated sodium content is for the soup without cheese and bread bc the bread alone is typically over 100 mg of sodium per slice. So, the meal as shown would not be low sodium by any means. Please correct me if I am wrong and if I am wrong, please tell me the brand of cheese and bread that is so low in sodium. Thanks.
Jennifer Lynn-Pullman says
The nutrition info is for all the ingredients using only low sodium broth, not low sodium bread or cheese. Each serving has about 252 mg of sodium. Someone following a low sodium diet generally is permitted to consume 2000 mg/day. If eating 3 meals per day this would be about 600 mg per meal (plus extra for snacks). This dish can be a meal, so is within the low sodium diet allowance.