Prep 10 mins
Cook 45 mins
I thought this soup was really good but not as good as panera's, which topsecreet recipes claim it is. Then again, I subsituted a mixture of light butter and no-fat butter spray for the sweet cream butter so that probably made a lot of difference. Either way, using my low-cal butter mixture and no cheese or croutons, I made this soup for about 40 calories per cup and it's a great filling soup for a diet. PS - If you have a food processor, save yourself tons of time by processing the onions!
- 1⁄4 cup sweet creamy butter
- 8 cups sliced yellow onions (4 to 5 medium onions)
- 2 (14 ounce) cans beef broth
- 3⁄4 cup chicken broth
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 1⁄2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon tomato sauce or 1 tablespoon ketchup
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons ground black pepper
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1⁄4 teaspoon garlic powder
- couple drops Tabasco sauce
- focaccia bread
- shaved asiago cheese
- Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. When the butter is melted, add sliced onions and saute over high heat for 15-20 minutes, stirring often, until onions turn brown.
- Add remaining ingredients (except bread and asiago) to the pot and stir to combine. (NOTE: to help the flour blend in, I recommend whisking it into the broth or water before adding) Heat soup until it's boiling, then reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 20 minutes.
- Make croutons for the top of the soup by slicing foccacia bread (or other bread) into slices. Butter both sides of the slices, then cut into bite-size cubes. Bake the bread in a 425 degree oven for 15 minutes or until crispy. (I cut bread into bite-size pieces first, then spray with spray butter).
- Serve the soup with a handful of croutons and a couple tablespoons of shaved asiago on top.
Having never had Panera's onion soup, I had nothing to compare it to. I thought it was very good. I cut it in 1/2 for two servings. I cut out the tabasco sauce since we didn't have any and i wasn't about to buy it just for a few drops. Made for Fall PAC 2009.