Prep 5 mins
Cook 50 mins
This makes a wonderful, very flavorful french onion soup. It is based on a recipe in one of Suzanne Somers' cookbooks, and then slightly modifed by me. It is quite low carb as is, but for an even more low-carb, low-fat version, you may use a slice of portebello mushroom, instead of the bread (just place a large mushroom slice where you would the bread, and place the cheese on top of the mushroom)and use shredded Parmesan cheese (which is a cheese that is lower in fat). A lovely soup, well-worth the trouble of making it!
- 4 -5 vidalia onions or 4 -5 other sweet onion, sliced into thin rings
- 4 1⁄2-5 cups beef broth
- 1⁄4 cup red wine
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
- 1 teaspoon celery seed
- salt and pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil or 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 slices French bread
- 2 slices swiss cheese or 2 slices provolone cheese or 2 slices gruyere cheese
- Heat olive oil or butter in large saucepan.
- Add onions and saute for 10 minutes over medium-high heat.
- Lower the heat to medium-low.
- Add mustard seed, celery seed, and salt and pepper to taste.
- Continue to saute the onions for 20 minutes, until the onions have carmelized and are a rich golden brown in color.
- Add the beef broth, red cooking wine, and Worcestershire sauce.
- Cook over medium heat for 15 minutes.
- Preheat broiler.
- Spoon soup into bowls (that are oven-proof) and place a slice of french bread on top (may lightly butter bread, if you prefer).
- Add a slice of cheese on top of each piece of bread.
- Place under broiler for a few minutes until the cheese gets brown, and bubbles a bit.
- Carefully remove soup bowls from oven and serve.
- NOTE: Can also be made in a crockpot (after cooking onions in butter on stovetop covered for 20 mins), cooking on low for 5-8 hours or on high for 2 1/2 hours.