French Sweet Onion Soup Recipe

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"Though I prefer sweet Vidalia onions," writes Marion Lowery from Medford, Oregon, "I have used every kind of onion in this delicious soup and always achieved wonderful results. I've even added mushrooms, as it was still well-received by family and friends."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 1 hour
MAKES:7 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 1 hour
MAKES: 7 servings


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5 large sweet onions, sliced
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 1-2/3 cups water
  • 1-1/4 cups apple cider or juice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 7 slices French bread (1/2 inch thick)
  • 3/4 cup grated reduced-fat Swiss cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups: 256 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 483mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 4g fiber), 10g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 vegetable, 1 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 fat, 1/2 fruit.


  1. In a Dutch oven or large kettle, melt butter. Add olive oil and onions. Cover and cook over low heat until onions are soft, about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the beef broth, water, cider or juice, bay leaf, thyme, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Discard bay leaf.
  2. Meanwhile, arrange bread on a broiler pan; broil until each side is golden brown. Ladle soup into individual ovenproof soup bowls. Float a slice of bread in each bowl and sprinkle with Swiss cheese and top with Parmesan cheese. Broil until cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve immediately. Yield: 7 servings.
Originally published as French Sweet Onion Soup in Light & Tasty April/May 2005, p42

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ConnieK User ID: 282614 59259
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2012

"Very tasty and easy to make. Would recommend trying."

scrapperleeanne User ID: 1742611 55115
Reviewed May. 16, 2012

"I really enjoyed this and will make this again. I used 4 Cheese Italiano Light Shredded Cheese (Kraft) instead of the Swiss cheese and Weight Watcher's 100% whole wheat bread instead of french bread and it was still very good."

scrapperleeanne User ID: 1742611 59180
Reviewed May. 16, 2012

"Really enjoyed this recipe. The apple juice gives it a great flavour. I used Kraft 4 Cheese Italiano light cheese instead of the light swiss cheese. I also used Weight Watchers 100% whole wheat bread to make it a little healthier. Yum!"

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