It's hard to beat French onion soup on a chilly day — unless it's French onion soup that has just 70 calories.
Katie Farrell of Dashing Dish showed us this delicious twist on a usually calorie-packed recipe. By using Swiss cheese, a dash of grated Parmesan and cutting out the croutons, Farrell created a comfort soup that will keep you slim during the winter months.
"The key to a good French onion soup is caramelizing the onions to bring out the natural sweetness," says Farrell, which is why she recommends leaving it in a slowcooker for at least four hours. Top with cheese and broil in your oven for a cheesy, crispy finish.
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70-Calorie French Onion Soup
- 2 large yellow onions, peeled and thinly sliced
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 packets Stevia or 1 tablespoon sugar substitute of choice
- 8 cups (two 32-ounce containers) organic beef broth
- 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- 8 slices ultra thin swiss cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar or Worcestershire Sauce
- Pinch salt and pepper (to taste)
- Spray a large pan with nonstick cooking spray. Add onions and 1 cup beef broth and garlic powder. Saute onions until broth is completely evaporated, and onions begin to caramelize.
- Add the rest of the ingredients, including Parmesan cheese, to the slow cooker and add onions. Turn slow cooker on high for 4 hours, or on low for 8 hours, or overnight.
- When ready to serve, ladle soup into an oven (or microwave safe) bowl, and add a piece of Swiss cheese on top. Place in oven preheated to low broil to melt the cheese. Leave in oven for 1-3 minutes, or until cheese is lightly golden brown. Alternatively, you could microwave the soup for 1-3 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.