Healthified French Onion Soup

66% less fat • 38% fewer calories • 84% less sat fat than the original recipe. Spoon up a pièce de résistance in the alluring savory taste of French Onion Soup.

  • Prep Time 60 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 15 min
  • Servings 4

1
tablespoon olive or canola oil
4
medium onions (about 1 1/2 lb), sliced (8 cups)
1
carton (32 oz) reduced-sodium beef broth (4 cups)
1/4
teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/4
teaspoon pepper
1
dried bay leaf
2
teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
8
slices (1/2 inch thick) baguette French bread
1/4
cup shredded fresh Parmesan cheese (1 oz)

  • 1 In 4-quart nonstick Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions; cook uncovered 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook 35 to 40 minutes longer, stirring frequently, until onions are light golden brown (onions will shrink during cooking).
  • 2 Stir in broth, thyme, pepper, bay leaf and soy sauce. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 15 minutes. Remove bay leaf.
  • 3 Meanwhile, set oven control to broil. Place baguette slices on ungreased cookie sheet. Sprinkle cheese evenly on slices. Broil with tops 4 to 6 inches from heat 30 to 60 seconds or until cheese is melted. Watch carefully so cheese does not burn.
  • 4 To serve, ladle soup into bowls. Serve with baguette slices.

Expert Tips

We've replaced ingredients with great-tasting alternatives to create better-for-you recipes that are just as yummy as the originals.

We've added reduced-sodium soy sauce to this healthified version of onion soup as a flavor enhancer.

Be sure to use shredded fresh Parmesan cheese rather than the powdery grated variety. You'll get a better melt if you start with a brick and shred it yourself, but you can also use preshredded.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving (1 Cup Soup and 2 Baguette Slices)
Calories
210
(
Calories from Fat
60),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
7g
7%
(Saturated Fat
2g,
2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
510mg
510%;
Total Carbohydrate
26g
26%
(Dietary Fiber
3g
3%
  Sugars
7g
7%
),
Protein
11g
11%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
8%;
Calcium
15%;
Iron
10%;
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.