If you are all as crazy about French Onion Soup as I am, but aren't crazy about the calories -- look no further! I got this one from my mother -- and totally love it!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large non-stick saucepan, heat 1/4 cup vegetable broth. Stir in the onion and cook over medium heat until golden, 15 minutes.

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  • Stir in the sugar and flour. Pour in the remaining 5 cups vegetable broth and the wine. Stir in the bay leaf, thyme and black pepper. Bring to a boil and let boil 8 minutes, stirring constantly; then reduce heat, partly cover, and simmer 30 minutes.

  • Preheat oven broiler.

  • Remove from heat, remove bay leaf and stir in brandy. Rub garlic clove over toast. Ladle the soup into 4 ovenproof bowls and float a piece of toast on top of each bowl. Sprinkle with the Parmesan.

  • Place bowls under broiler until cheese melts.

Nutrition Facts

221 calories; protein 7g 14% DV; carbohydrates 36.3g 12% DV; fat 1.4g 2% DV; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 819mg 33% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/11/2004
Perfect! The broth of this soup is rich and tasty. I omitted the sugar even though there's hardly any but I don't like too-sweet French Onion Soups and I used Vidalia onions which are sweet on their own. I slathered some minced garlic on the toast instead of just rubbing a clove since we love garlic in this house. You may miss the gooey mouth-feel from the lack of gobs of cheese but the flavor is still really good and this is much healthier. Be careful not to add too much black pepper without taste-testing as it is quite noticeable but not excessive as long as you like pepper. Great recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/23/2006
It was okay. Read More
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25 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 18
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
10/11/2004
Perfect! The broth of this soup is rich and tasty. I omitted the sugar even though there's hardly any but I don't like too-sweet French Onion Soups and I used Vidalia onions which are sweet on their own. I slathered some minced garlic on the toast instead of just rubbing a clove since we love garlic in this house. You may miss the gooey mouth-feel from the lack of gobs of cheese but the flavor is still really good and this is much healthier. Be careful not to add too much black pepper without taste-testing as it is quite noticeable but not excessive as long as you like pepper. Great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/15/2005
OUTSTANDING Just as it is- thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2012
VERY tasty! I did use a dab of butter in with the 1/4 cup broth to cook the onions. I've made french onion before and I believe the buttery taste of the onions lend to the flavor of the soup. I know its only a tsp but it added a hint of a buttery flavor. Other then that I used it to the T and it was fantastic. Will definitely make this again. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/29/2004
Very good flavorful recipe for french onion soup without beef broth. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/23/2006
It was okay. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2012
Absolutely perfect. The only thing I changed was that I added mushrooms to enrich the broth. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2008
Didn't need to change a thing... was so delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/17/2012
We love it good 1 Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/13/2012
I subbed this recipe with canned French Onion Soup to make Salisbury Steak (recipe also from this sight). This worked great and even the picky husband loved it! Thanks for sharing! Read More
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