foray into french onion soup!

i'm adding a new category to my blog. this food category will cover what i cook, the places i eat in and love, and perhaps the wine i covet.

i'll start with my french onion soup recipe:

2 teaspoons olive oil
4 cups thinly vertically sliced Walla Walla or other sweet onion
4 cups thinly vertically sliced red onion
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup dry white wine
8 cups less-sodium beef broth (NOTE: don't use lower sodium if you aren't watching your weight. you need salt in this recipe.)
1/4 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme (NOTE: you can use dried thyme, it's okay.)
8 (1-ounce) slices French bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
8 (1-ounce) slices reduced-fat, reduced-sodium Swiss cheese (such as Alpine Lace) (NOTE: if you aren't watching your figure, regular swiss will be fine. try guyere too, that's my next choice, and for added wow, sprinkle a little parmesan on top of your swiss before you stick it in the broiler)

Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onions to pan; sauté for 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in sugar, pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Reduce heat to medium; cook 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Increase heat to medium-high, and sauté for 5 minutes or until onion is golden brown. Stir in wine, and cook for 1 minute. Add broth and thyme; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 2 hours.

Preheat broiler.

Place bread in a single layer on a baking sheet; broil 2 minutes or until toasted, turning after 1 minute.

Place 8 ovenproof bowls on a jelly-roll pan. Ladle 1 cup soup into each bowl. Divide bread evenly among bowls; top each serving with 1 cheese slice. Broil 3 minutes or until cheese begins to brown.

8 servings

Nutritional Information
CALORIES 290(30% from fat); FAT 9.6g (sat 4.8g,mono 1.9g,poly 0.7g); PROTEIN 16.8g; CHOLESTEROL 20mg; CALCIUM 317mg; SODIUM 359mg; FIBER 3.1g; IRON 1.6mg; CARBOHYDRATE 33.4g

(NOTE: if you change the recipe with higher sodium broth and better cheese, round up to about 400 calories for a cup of this bad boy. it's okay. eat a salad, it will still be good for you.)

1 Comment on "foray into french onion soup!"

Chris Remo:
Apr 29, 2008 at 8:07am

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