Nov 22, 2009

French Onion Soup




This soup is awesome! French onion soup is one of my favorite soups and this recipe is just as good if not better than you'll find in many restaurants. A hearty bowl of this soup is a perfect meal for a cool evening. Gruyere is typically used in French Onion, but Alpine Lace is a great reduced fat alternative.



French Onion Soup
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 6 • Serving Size: 1-1/2 cups • Old Points: 6.5 • Points+: 8
Calories: 312.8 • Fat: 11 g Protein: 17.9 g Carb: 31.6 g Fiber: 3.3 g  


Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds yellow onions, sliced thin
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/8 cup dry sherry
  • 1/4 cup Cognac or brandy
  • 1/4 cups white wine
  • 9 cups beef stock
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 6 medium slices toasted Italian bread
  • 6 slices Sargento reduced fat Swiss

Directions:
    In a Dutch oven, or large pot, sauté the onions with the butter over medium heat, until the onions are soft and golden, about 20 minutes. Add flour, mixing well another 2-3 minutes. Add thyme, bay leaf, sherry, wine and brandy, and simmer uncovered for 10 more minutes.

    Add the beef stock, salt & pepper to taste, reduce heat. Cover and simmer gently for about 20 minutes. Remove bay leaf and ladle 1-1/2 cups soup into 6 oven-proof bowls. Place bowls on a baking sheet. Place sliced toasted bread rounds into each bowl and top bread with cheese. Broil 2 to 3 minutes, until cheese melts.

    52 comments :

    1. Gina, I cannot wait to try this! I LOVE French onion soup so much :)
      How many points per serving will the soup be if I nix the cheese?

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    2. Hi Sarah - If you take the cheese and bread away it is 3.5 per serving. The cheese adds an extra 2 points, the bread an extra 1 point.

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    3. The cheese and bread on French Onion Soup is worth every delicious point!! Looks terrific!

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    4. Patrick, I couldn't agree with you more! The bread I could do without, but thats what keeps the cheese in place.

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    5. Yum...I love french onion soup! Can't wait to try this.

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    6. Oh you all are so right about the cheese! Sadly, I'm lactose intolerant...my body can handle the butter, but not the cheese :( I really miss that stuff!

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    7. OK, so I had to make this tonight. I don't know what I'm more addicted to - the success I've had with WW or Gina's recipes. OK, it's Gina's recipes - because I think they're the reason for my success! I know I'll reach goal! You simply MUST TRY THIS RECIPE. It will bring back memories of fancy restaurants and a bygone era. What a terrific blast of comfort on a cold night. Such a pleasure to be able to eat fantastic, completely satisfying foods while losing weight at the same time. Not a single recipe on this site I haven't been thrilled with.

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    8. I just found your site because I just embarked on my journey to lose nearly 100 pounds. Thank you for all the delicious-looking recipes, the gorgeous pictures, for offering some healthy food choices that my family and I might actually eat.

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    9. @ Patrick- thanks for all the kind words and always leaving your honest opinions on my recipes! I agree with you, this soup has such a comforting feeling. You can freeze the broth and just make one bowl at a time if you wish.

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    10. Time to get back on the WW wagon and your recipes will have me cooking even healthier for the rest of the family!

      Thanks-maybe I will soon have a recipe as special as your most recent one- getting a few pounds off might be just what I need!

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    11. If you could do with out the bread, but that is what makes the cheese stay, why not replace the bread with a BIG ring of onion, Honestly that is what I thought it was just by looking at the picture.

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    12. @Shelley- ha, there's an idea! I sometimes omit the bread but the cheese falls into the soup a bit, I like the onion ring idea!

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    13. Gina, thank you SO much for wonderful recipes! My partner and I are having great weight loss success largely due to your recipes! They fill our weekly menus!

      Can you offer an alternative to cooking the onions in so much butter? Would cooking spray work if you are using fewer onions for a smaller batch?

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    14. You're welcome Kathy, I don't know that you would get that same great taste, why not use less butter or a light butter?

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    15. I made this last night and it was so fabulous! I will be making this again for sure!

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    16. Will regular swiss drive the points up a ton? I had to shop at wal-mart and they do not have the alpine lace.

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    17. This was DELICIOUS! My husband is the French Onion soup lover, this recipe made me a lover too!

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    18. gina-thanks for the great recipes! My husband loved this! I enjoy a glass of wine with dinner (extra points), so I always try to find ways to cut points in recipes...I nixed the butter in this recipe, used a little butter cooking spray and covered the onions. The water from the condensation helps the onions brown and you don't miss the butter at all!!! Just a cool trick I saw on the food network I wanted to share! Good luck to everyone on WW! I'm down 10 with 20 to go!

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    19. Great tip! Sometimes to cut the points, I leave out the bread. The cheese kind of floats on the top while it broils, and some melts into the soup. It's all about the cheese for me! : )

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    20. My husband and I are not really into alcohol, so I usually just keep cooking wine handy. Any chance I could just use white cooking wine and sherry? Is the brandy necessary?

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    21. This sounds great, we'll have to try it once the weather begins to cool again!
      What we've done for FOS before is brush the bread with a little e.v.o. oil, and then rub garlic cloves and sprinkle parsley over top before baking. It adds a hint more flavour and smells delicious!

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    22. Rebecca, I personally like the flavor the brandy adds to the soup, but you can certainly make it with wine and sherry instead.

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    23. It worked out great with just the wine and sherry! I didn't have oven proof bowls, so I broiled the bread and cheese and then let them sit on the soup a little bit before serving. YUM!!! Can't wait to have a bowl for lunch tomorrow!

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    24. Hi Gina,

      I've never really cooked with brandy or dry sherry, can you suggest to me which brands of those are affordable but can be used again? Looking forward to making this next week.

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    25. I was a mouse in another life so I won't be deleting the cheese at all! What's 8 pts when you're having it for dinner with a salad?? I just can't wait to try this because I just love French onion soup. Thank you so much! God bless

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    26. is there any way to make this a vegetarian recipe? Will it work with vegetable broth instead of beef broth?

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    27. Anonymout - fellow vegetarian here. Try this tip: If a recipe uses a beef broth you can turn vegetable broth into a vegetarian "beef" broth by adding 1 cup vegetarian Worcestershire sauce and about 1 tablespoon soy sauce to every quart of vegetable broth.

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    28. Thanks for the tip, I was stumped on how to answer but that sounds like a great solution!

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    29. Thanks fellow vegetarian! Great idea :)
      Do you know how using veggie broth would change the points?

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    30. I think it would remain the same.

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    31. I'm making this tonight! To those wanting to make it vegetarian?? I once make a vegetarian French Onion soup, using portabello mushrooms and soy sauce. The mushrooms give it a beefy taste, as did the soy sauce. (you can try soaking dried mushrooms and then use the remaining liquid, or include the mushrooms in the soup).

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    32. Gina,

      I was wondering if it would be possible to make this in a crock pot?? If not, that's fine- I'm going to try it either way but I'm hooked on my crock pot this time of year :)

      Thank you!

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    33. I've never tried it in the crockpot, I would do the onion on the stove first.

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    34. Gina
      What type of white wine would you recommend? I usually use a chardonay. Is there a kind of brandy or sherry that you recommend also that is good for cooking with?
      Thanks so much for the recipes!!

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    35. For cooking wine I always say use what you drink! No particular brand on the Sherry either.

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    36. what could i use instead of the cognac or brandy??

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      1. @Gina-do you think leaving out the brandy or cognac would change the taste significantly?

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    37. It would be amazing to convert this to a slow cooker recipe! :-)

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    38. Hi Gina,
      Do you think you could freeze the remainder of this soup? There are only 2 of us so we don't need all 6 servings, but I know I will end up making this again so it would be nice to freeze the rest for a later date!

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    39. Waiting for my batch to finish simmering.. will let you know how it goes ;) It was a picturesque rain n’ all...

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    40. Gina, could this be made vegetarian? What reccomendations would you have for that. I am going whole foods, and this looks fantastic.

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    41. Hello,
      how many calories should the bread be??? Like 150-200???

      Love your site...I make lot of your recipes.

      -Theresa

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    42. How many points in the soup without the cheese and bread???

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    43. This delicious soup is sitting on the stove simmering, just begging to be eaten! I can't wait to pop it in the oven, melt the cheese on it and give it a go! Gina, I just wanted to comment and say thank you so much for all the amazing recipes you have put up. They are all so delicious and I don't even have to feel like I am dieting because I still get to eat extremely tasty food. I'm proud of what I am eating and I want to share the recipes and the calorie count with everyone! I am not doing weight watchers but having a healthy alternative and calorie count for all of your meals has truly helped me. I have been "dieting" ,or as I prefer to call it changing my life style, since the beginning of December and I have already lost 31 pounds. I couldn't have done this without you and your incredible recipes! Thanks so much!

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    44. Do you have any tips on turning this into a "condensed" version to use in dishes that call for a condensed can of french onion soup?

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    45. This soup was delicious, I love the flavor that the sherry adds. Thanks for posting!

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    46. Can we use the left over aujus from your french dip recipe as the soup base? Seems to me it's pretty similar.

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    47. Hey for those of you who have done the crock pot, what time and temp did you do??

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    48. Hi ... can i leave out or substitute the alcohol? will it change/affect the taste?

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