Light & Easy French Onion Soup

Easy French Onion Soup

Today is the second anniversary of The Comfort of Cooking, and what better way to celebrate than with one of my favorite comfort foods gone light? Delicious and usually very decadent, French onion soup is the ultimate cozy, aromatic comfort-in-a-bowl meal for this time of year. But, seeing as we all have at least one occasion to slip into skirts or suits for this coming spring, I think it’s high time to skinny up our favorite indulgences. While still indulging, of course!

French Onion Soup

This recipe, adapted from Sargento’s Easy French Onion Soup, is unbelievably easy and absolutely delicious to warm up to this winter. Plus, using only a tablespoon of butter, low-sodium beef broth and Sargento Deli Style Sliced Reduced Fat Swiss Cheese, it’s light on calories, too.

Topped with a slice of French baguette, gooey melted cheese (You can also use provolone, gruyère, or mozzarella if you prefer) and a fragrant, flavorful broth full of white wine and robust herbs like bay leaf and thyme, this is a simple, scrumptious soup you won’t want to miss out on this season!

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Light & Easy French Onion Soup

Yield: Serves 3


1 Tbsp. butter or margarine

3 medium yellow or sweet onions, thinly sliced

1 (14 oz.) can low-sodium beef broth

1/2 cup dry white wine

1 cup water

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 bay leaf

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, or 1 teaspoon fresh thyme

1/4 teaspoon sugar

1 French baguette, sliced into 3 small slices

3 slices Sargento® Deli Style Sliced Reduced Fat Swiss Cheese


Melt butter in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook 5-7 minutes or until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Stir in beef broth, wine, water, garlic, bay leaf, thyme and sugar; heat to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; simmer 20 minutes.

Divide soup between 3 small ovenproof bowls. Top with slices of baguette and Swiss cheese. Place bowls under preheated broiler 5 inches from heat; broil 2 minutes or until cheese is melted.


Adapted from Sargento


20 Responses to “Light & Easy French Onion Soup”

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    Sandra — January 6, 2012 @ 12:38 pm

    I’ve never tried French Onion Soup and I don’t know what I’ve been waiting for. Maybe this recipe??? Thanks Georgia.

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    Blog is the New Black — January 6, 2012 @ 12:51 pm

    Looks to die for! :)

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    A Canadian Foodie — January 6, 2012 @ 4:34 pm

    Love the concept… and it does look delicious. I just need to conquer making the traditional one, first!

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    Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking — January 6, 2012 @ 4:41 pm

    This is a traditional French onion soup, just using a small amount of butter and ingredients with lower sodium and reduced fat.

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    Dana@TheSundaySweet — January 6, 2012 @ 7:31 pm

    I always crave french onion soup and this makes it a much more easy to say yes to it!

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    Cassie/Bake Your Day — January 6, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

    Happy 2nd anniversary to you Georgia. Your blog and food are gorgeous!

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    Leslie — January 6, 2012 @ 8:18 pm

    happy 2 Years!!!!!! I can never pass up a good french onion soup!

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    Krissy's Creations — January 6, 2012 @ 10:35 pm

    Happy Anniversary! I’ve been looking for a good French Onion Soup recipe {that is also healthy}. This looks like it fits the bill perfectly!

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    Laura — January 8, 2012 @ 1:34 am

    Now I NEED french onion soup. It’s been far too long. Yours looks about as close to perfect as it can get!

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    Baking Serendipity — January 9, 2012 @ 3:19 am

    Happy two years of blogging! I’ve loved watching this place grow and continue to share such delicious things. My mom and I are such big fans of french onion soup…I love a lighter variety!

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    Anonymous — January 13, 2012 @ 4:38 pm

    Great recipe, we made it last night and will definitely make it again!!!

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    Anonymous — February 27, 2012 @ 2:15 am

    I LOVE good French Onion Soup!

  13. #
    Lindsay @ Delighted Momma — February 28, 2012 @ 11:41 pm

    Delicious! Pinned!

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    Anonymous — March 15, 2012 @ 6:51 pm

    Tried this recipe today and LOVED it. Only substitution was using cooking sherry for the wine as that is what I had on hand. Thanks for sharing this.
    From: Baltimore, MD

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    Anonymous — September 21, 2012 @ 6:18 pm

    Can I use any white wine?

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    Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking — September 21, 2012 @ 7:14 pm

    Any dry, not sweet, white wine that you like! Make sure you actually like the taste of the wine, otherwise you may not like the way it tastes in the dish.

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    Anonymous — September 21, 2012 @ 8:10 pm

    okay! thank you Georgia! I’m so glad I stumbled across your blog! It’s wonderful! I can’t wait to try other recipes!

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    Wavin — January 7, 2013 @ 3:04 pm

    There is nothing better that a cup of hot french onion soup with melted cheese during these cold days!

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    Maggie — July 21, 2013 @ 5:41 pm

    Made this and it was easy and delicious! Best low fat recipe I have tried for French onion soup.. Used chicken broth instead and topped with shredded parmesan cheese. Also used store bought crusty croutons from Trader Joe’s instead of French bread (single layer on the bottom of a round dish and then ladled the soup over the top). Secret to the color and richness is patience. Let the onions caramelize, (which took more than 7 minutes per the recipe) and let the broth thicken a bit before putting under the broiler. YUM!

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    Marie — August 12, 2014 @ 5:47 pm

    This was easy and delicious. I will be making this again, often. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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