French Onion Soup – classic taste less carbs.

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Hey there! This Healthy French Onion Soup is hot, steamy and has all of the rich classic flavors you’re looking for.

Onions naturally have more carbohydrates than other veggies but this holiday treat can easily fit into a lot of peoples daily macros.

If you are a seasoned low carb eater – this classic comfort food is for you.

Served Healthy French Onion Soup

While this soup is fine for most people to eat, it does have about 12 net carbs per cup.

If you are following the Keto Diet and are new to it…you might want to choose a lower carb soup. We have a bunch right here… So many of them go great with the Slow Cooked Mediterranean Lamb.

With that being said, 12 net carbs isn’t that much if you reallly loooove French Onion soup and this is a “treat”.

Also, we don’t do a bunch of restrictions on holidays around here because it can lead to some backsliding for us.

You’ll need to decide how you want to handle the upcoming holidays for yourself but if I may…I would like to suggest taking a look at this post about how to “get away” with occasional indulgences without derailing your weight loss goals.

Onward….

🥘Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Yellow onions – sliced in 1/8 inch slices.

About 1/8 inch is perfect. If they are much thinner they’ll burn before they caramelize.

Any thicker and it’ll be “too much” onion in each bite.

  • 2 tbsp Butter

Sure, you can use coconut oil if you’re going vegan with this soup.

Use veggie broth if you’d like to make this into a vegan soup.

  • 1 tbsp Garlic * about 4 cloves -minced

If you don’t have fresh garlic on hand, use about 1 tsp of garlic powder instead.

Switch the rosemary out for savory leaves if you like those better.

  • ½ cup White Wine
  • 2 Bay leaves

I couldn’t believe how much they were charging for these at my local grocery store! We bought these instead.

I didn’t know that bay leaf tea was recommended for migraines until today…this is a simple instruction for making it.

I am definitely going to bookmark this so I don’t forget.

  • 4 oz Gruyere * or parmesan & fotina -sliced or shredded.

So…I made a couple of batches of this soup in the last couple of weeks and I prefer the Gruyere cheese. It’s creamy and delicious.

But, Thom prefers straight Parmesan and it’s sharp, salty flavor.

You are in charge of this ingredient and should use whatever type of cheese you like.

  • 4 slices low carb bread

The toasted bread with the melted cheese is an integral part of this recipe.

I used the super quick 2 minute English muffin recipe and the Two Minute Burger Bun in the batches I made. Slice them in half and toast.

This means that if you decide to use either of these recipes, you’ll need to make two batches to total four slices of bread.

But you can use whatever low carb bread you like. I think any of these would be great:

Or store bought, low carb bread.

Be careful with those…they are either super expensive or not very clean.

There are a few great options on Amazon but I cannot in good conscience recommend bread that costs $10.00 per loaf. Ugh, $10.00!

I found a great deal at Costco once but I can’t remember the brand name of the bread. One of our Facebook members swears by the Aldi brand.

Optional

  • a couple of splashes of Worcestershire

This flavor brings it home for me but not everyone loves it.

👩🏾‍🍳How to make the Onion Soup:

  1. In a large stock pot, add butter and saute sliced onions for about 10 – 15 minutes.

Add a few tablespoons of broth when the pot starts getting dry and the onions start to brown too fast. This will caramelize them and it can take up to 15 minutes longer after you add the broth (you cant rush this part).

2. Once the onions have caramelized, add the garlic and saute for 30 seconds or so to soften.

Add the wine and broth. Scrape the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to deglaze.

3. Add bay leaves and all other spices.

Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer for 20 minutes or until reduced to your liking. The broth will be rich, delicious and fragrant.

4. Make the bread while your soup is cooking and toast it in a pan with a dab of butter while you are waiting for the broth to reduce.

My suggestions for bread are in the “Ingredients” section.

5. Set your oven to broil.

6. Divide the soup into oven safe bowls and place them onto a sturdy baking sheet.

Top each bowl with a slice of low carb bread, and top with 1 oz cheese. Place under the broiler for 2-4 minutes, until cheese is browned and bubbly.

6. Serve hot on top of saucers so that you don’t burn your table (or hands).

The bowls will be hot! Keep leftovers covered and chilled for 2-3 days.

📋Tips & FAQ’s:

Can I make the healthy French onion soup recipe ahead of time?

Sure. Just wait to top it with the bread and cheese until you are ready to serve it.

Can I freeze this recipe?

Surely you jest lol. Nope.

What should I serve with the Easy French Onion Soup?

This soup is traditionally served with hearty holiday type meals and dishes containing meat like roasted game hen, roast beef or spicy chocolate lamb chops. (They’re fantastic!)

Check out our dinner section if you’re looking for ideas.

This soup with a salad would make a a nice lunch or lighter dinner affair as well. We have tons of salads here.

That’s all for the Healthy French Onion Soup!

I hope you love this soup and that your holidays are bright!

As always, please let me know if you have any questions and I’ll be happy to help.

A plus tard Mon Ami,

Brandy

Healthy French Onion Soup

Brandy
This lower carb version of classic French Onion Soup is rich and delicious. It's a gorgeous, steamy blend of strong flavors and cheesy toast. This is healthy comfort food at it's lower carb best.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Broiling Time 3 minutes
Total Time 48 minutes
Course Soup
Cuisine French
Servings 4 people
Calories 452 kcal

Equipment

Oven Safe Soup Crocks

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb Yellow onions sliced in 1/8 inch slices
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 5 cups Beef broth
  • 1 tbsp Garlic * about 4 cloves -minced
  • 1 tsp thyme dried
  • ½ tsp rosemary dried
  • ½ cup White Wine
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 4 oz Gruyere * or parmesan & fotina -sliced or shredded.
  • 4 slices low carb bread * Toasted- See post for super quick 2 minute recipes or your own favorite.

Optional

  • a couple of splashes of Worcestershire

Instructions
 

  • In a large stock pot, add butter and saute sliced onions for about 10 – 15 minutes. Add a few tablespoons of broth when the pot starts getting dry and the onions start to brown too fast. It takes up to 15 minutes more to get nice and caramelized.
    Saute onions
  • Once the onions have caramelized, add the garlic and saute for 30 seconds or so to soften.
    Sauteing onions and garlic.
  • Add the wine and broth. Scrape the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to deglaze.
    Added broth to onion soup
  • Add bay leaves and all other spices. Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer for 20 minutes or until reduced to your liking. The broth will be rich and fragrant.
    Bay Leaves
  • Make the bread while your soup is cooking and toast it in a pan with a dab of butter while you are waiting for the broth to reduce
    Keto English muffin in a ramekin cooling
  • Set your oven to broil.
    Broil
  • Divide the soup into oven safe bowls and place them onto a sturdy baking sheet. Top each bowl with a slice of low carb bread, and top with 1 oz cheese. Place under the broiler for 2-4 minutes, until cheese is browned and bubbly.
    Divide and top soup
  • Serve hot on top of saucers so that you don't burn your table (or hands). The bowls will be hot! Keep leftovers covered and chilled for 2-3 days.
    Served healthy french onion soup

Notes

The nutritional info for this recipe is based on making 4 servings. Onions are not as naturally low carb as many other veggies but many people can still fit the 12 NC into their daily macros and stay in Ketosis.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cupCalories: 452kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 18gFat: 33gSodium: 1299mgFiber: 3gNet Carbs: 12gFat Ratio per Serving: 65.71%Protein Ratio per Serving: 15.93%Carb Ratio per Serving: 10.62%
Keyword gluten free
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