I love French onion soup. My mom does too. We tend to order it out in restaurants every chance we get.
So, when I received her email, saying “You’ve pegged it – keep this recipe!” after I had given her some of this French onion soup to try, it was a huge compliment.
I thought it was delicious, but it’s always nice when someone else provides confirmation, especially your mom 🙂
The Skinny on Stovetop or Slow Cooker French Onion Soup
A bowl of this hearty soup makes a satisfying lunch or supper during the cool fall and winter months.
Gruyere is the classic cheese used in French onion soup, but Parmesan and low-fat Swiss (such as Alpine Lace) or a combination of the two, also works well.
I consulted a few cookbooks including my recently acquired Betty Crocker’s New Picture Cook Book from 1961, the Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook, and the cookbook that came with the new Ninja 3 in 1 Cooking System Mom gave me for Christmas, before coming up with this version that I decided to use to christen my new Ninja.
Many French onion soup recipes call for putting the cheese-topped soup under the broiler, but I always end up making a mess and/or burning myself, so instead I make melted cheese toasts and float them in the soup.
It’s easier to eat this way too. (I added an extra piece of melted cheese toast for the photo since I was willing to “spend” the extra PointsPlus values for dinner.)
According to my calculations, each generous 1 cup serving of this French Onion Soup has about 228 calories and 6* Weight Watchers PointsPlus.
French Onion Soup
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1-1/2 pounds onions 3 to 4, peeled and cut into thin half moons
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1/2 cup brandy
- 1 quart beef broth 4 cups
- 1 can 10.75 ounces beef consomme
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 6 slices French bread toasted
- 1/2 cup grated low fat swiss cheese Parmesan or a combination
- Put butter in a large pot set over medium-low heat (I used my Ninja). Add the onions and sprinkle them with the sugar. Cook, stirring frequently, until the onions are well browned, about 4 to 5 minutes.
- Add the flour and brandy and stir until they are well mixed with the onions, 2 to 3 minutes.
- Add the beef consomme, beef broth, Worcestershire sauce and salt and pepper. Scrape up any browned bits from the pan. Lower the heat and simmer, covered 30 minutes. (Or in the Ninja set the slow cooker to low and cook 1 to 2 hours.)
- Divide the shredded cheese evenly among the 6 slices of toasted french bread and broil until the cheese is melted, about 2 minutes.
- Ladle soup evenly into the bowls and float a slice of cheese toast in each bowl.
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
More Weight Watchers Friendly French Onion Soup Recipes You Might Like
- French Onion Soup Slow Cooker French Onion Soup (Slender Kitchen)
- Overnight French Onion Soup (Debbie Koenig)
- Skinny Slow Cooker Beefy French Onion Soup (Simple Nourished Living)
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