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Healthified French Onion Soup

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66% less fat • 38% fewer calories • 84% less sat fat than the original recipe. Spoon up a pièce de résistance in the alluring savory taste of French Onion Soup. There's more that’s good for you, and less that isn’t.

  • Prep Time 60 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 15 min
  • Servings 4

Ingredients

1
tablespoon olive or canola oil
4
medium onions (about 1 1/2 lb), sliced (8 cups)
1
carton (32 oz) reduced-sodium beef broth (4 cups)
1/4
teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/4
teaspoon pepper
1
bay leaf
2
teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
8
slices (1/2 inch thick) baguette French bread
1/4
cup shredded fresh Parmesan cheese (1 oz)

Directions

  • 1 In 4-quart nonstick Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions; cook uncovered 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook 35 to 40 minutes longer, stirring frequently, until onions are light golden brown (onions will shrink during cooking).
  • 2 Stir in broth, thyme, pepper, bay leaf and soy sauce. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 15 minutes. Remove bay leaf.
  • 3 Meanwhile, set oven control to broil. Place baguette slices on ungreased cookie sheet. Sprinkle cheese evenly on slices. Broil with tops 4 to 6 inches from heat 30 to 60 seconds or until cheese is melted. Watch carefully so cheese does not burn.
  • 4 To serve, ladle soup into bowls. Serve with baguette slices.

Nutrition Info

The Quick Take: Healthified

  • Calories Reduced By 130
  • Fat Reduced By 14g
  • Saturated Fat Reduced By 11g
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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving (1 Cup Soup and 2 Baguette Slices)
Calories
230
(
Calories from Fat
60),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
6g
6%
(Saturated Fat
2g,
2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
750mg
750%;
Total Carbohydrate
33g
33%
(Dietary Fiber
4g
4%
  Sugars
10g
10%
),
Protein
10g
10%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
15%;
Calcium
15%;
Iron
10%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

The Original vs. Healthified

Live Better America lets you enjoy your favorite dishes without worry or guilt. Our nutritionists switch ingredients, reduce amounts and use other kitchen tricks to turn the original recipes into Healthified recipes that are good and good for you.

Before After
1/4 cup butter 1 tablespoon olive or canola oil
1 carton (32 oz) beef broth 1 carton (32 oz) reduced-sodium beef broth (4 cups)
1 cup shredded Gruyère or Swiss cheese (4 oz) 2 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup shredded fresh Parmesan cheese (1 oz)
Nutritional Highlights
Calories
 
 
340 (before)
210 (after)
Saturated Fat
 
 
13 g (before)
2 g (after)
Total Fat
 
 
21 g (before)
7 g (after)

Did You Know?

Expert Tips

We've replaced ingredients with great-tasting alternatives to create better-for-you recipes that are just as yummy as the originals.

We've added reduced-sodium soy sauce to this healthified version of onion soup as a flavor enhancer.

Be sure to use shredded fresh Parmesan cheese rather than the powdery grated variety. You'll get a better melt if you start with a brick and shred it yourself, but you can also use preshredded.

Ratings & Reviews

We calculated the nutrition of this recipe at the time it was created on 07/19/2012. NOTE: We do not include optional ingredients in our calculations. If concerned about gluten-free, non-dairy, vegetarian or vegan status, always read ingredient labels to make sure each recipe ingredient meets requirements. Products and ingredient sources can change.

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NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving (1 Cup Soup and 2 Baguette Slices)
Calories
230
(
Calories from Fat
60),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
6g
6%
(Saturated Fat
2g,
2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
750mg
750%;
Total Carbohydrate
33g
33%
(Dietary Fiber
4g
4%
  Sugars
10g
10%
),
Protein
10g
10%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
15%;
Calcium
15%;
Iron
10%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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