Bonjour, fellow food enthusiasts and wellness seekers! Today, I'm delighted to share a recipe that beautifully marries the comforting flavors of classic French cuisine with the smart, health-conscious approach of Weight Watchers.
Brace yourself for a warm, cozy, and utterly delectable experience with our Weight Watchers Crockpot French Onion Soup.
There's something undeniably magical about the way a pot of bubbling, caramelized onions, fragrant herbs, and rich, beefy broth can transform into a bowl of pure comfort.
This classic French onion soup has been a cherished staple in kitchens around the world, and it's easy to see why.
But for those of us who are mindful of our health and weight management, we often find ourselves yearning for a lighter, guilt-free version of this beloved dish.
Enter the Crockpot. In this blog post, we'll explore the art of slow-cooking, and how it can be harnessed to create a lusciously rich French onion soup with a fraction of the calories.
As someone who understands the importance of both flavor and wellness, I couldn't be more excited to guide you through this Weight Watchers-friendly recipe.
Whether you're a seasoned Weight Watchers member, someone on a journey towards a healthier lifestyle, or just a lover of hearty, soul-soothing soups, you're in for a treat.
Our Crockpot French Onion Soup is a testament to the fact that you can indulge in the pleasures of a classic French dish without compromising your health and wellness goals.
So, let's preheat those Crockpots and dive into the world of flavors, nutrition, and Weight Watchers ingenuity as we craft a soup that's both nourishing and indulgent.
Say "au revoir" to unnecessary guilt and "bon appétit" to a bowl of Weight Watchers Crockpot French Onion Soup that will warm your heart and keep you on track towards your healthiest, happiest self.
Make sure try some of my other popular healthy Weight Watcher recipes. Low Calorie Wendy's Frosty, 3 Ingredient Cinnamon Muffins , Mini DASH Chaffles, Air Fryer Beignets and The WW Zero Point Apple Crisp Chips.
Why make this recipe?
You don't want to miss out on this authentic French Onion Soup recipe!
Weight Watcher Friendly - This easy French onion soup recipe is only 3 points for a 1 ½ cup serving on my WW Plan. Since the new Weight Watchers plan is personalized you will have to input the ingredients used into your WW app to get your exact points.
Easy to Make - This healthy French onion soup recipe requires only a handful of ingredients and 10 minutes of prep time.
Aroma - The moment I start preparing French onion soup in my trusty crockpot, my home is enveloped in a warm, inviting embrace of aromas that transport me straight to a cozy bistro on the cobbled streets of Paris.
Ingredients needed and substitutions
Onions - We used Vidalia sweet onions for this recipe. You can use white or red onions as well but the yellow have a nice sweetness to them.
Fino Sherry - I used Fino Sherry for this recipe which is a dry Sherry and can usually be found in Wine & Liquor stores. Dry white wine is a good substitute if you cannot find the sherry. It adds a similar acidity and complexity to the dish. Use a white wine that you would also enjoy drinking, such as Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay.
How to Make Bistro French Onion Soup
1: Peel and slice your onions - Start by cutting off the root end and the top of the onion. Cut the onion in half from top to bottom, so you have two halves. Peel the skin off each half.
Lay one of the onion halves flat on the cutting board, and make vertical cuts into the onion, being careful not to cut all the way through the root end. The closer your cuts are, the finer your slices will be.
If you prefer thicker slices, make wider cuts. The root end holds the onion together, making it easier to slice.
2: Place your butter in a large frying pan or wok over medium high heat and let the butter melt then add in your sliced onions.
Saute for about 5 minutes stirring continuously then add in minced garlic and soy sauce and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
Next add in your Sherry and continue stirring until onions start to get soft and translucent.
3: Once the onions are caramelized add them to your crockpot along with your broth, sea salt, pepper, thyme, bay leaf and sugar. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours.
4: Once cooking is complete remove the bay leaf and sprig of thyme. Serve with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.
5: If you don't mind a couple of extra WW points add in a slice of toasted bread to your soup and cover with a slice of Muenster cheese. Place your bowl in the air fryer or oven to melt the cheese for an authentic French Onion Soup.
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Yes, you can absolutely freeze homemade French onion soup. Cool the Soup: Allow the soup to cool to room temperature before attempting to freeze it. Use airtight, freezer-safe containers or heavy-duty freezer bags. Make sure to leave some room at the top of the container or bag to allow for the soup to expand as it freezes.
The number of carbohydrates in French onion soup can vary depending on the specific recipe and ingredients used. Onions contain about 9-12 grams of carbohydrates per 100 grams, so the carb content from onions in the soup will depend on the quantity used. Canned or store-bought broths may contain some carbs, typically around 2-3 grams per cup. If your French onion soup includes bread or croutons, these will contribute a significant amount of carbohydrates, with a typical slice of bread containing around 13-15 grams of carbs. The cheese used for melting on top of the soup will add a small amount of carbohydrates, usually around 1-2 grams per ounce.
Most traditional French onion soup recipes call for slicing the onions into half-moon or ring shapes. This cut allows the onions to maintain some texture and a pleasing appearance in the final soup.
- Choose the Right Onions: Use sweet onions like Vidalia or Walla Walla for a milder flavor. Yellow onions work well too.
- Thinly Slice Onions: Make sure to slice the onions uniformly for even caramelization.
- Low-Calorie Cooking Spray: Instead of using butter, coat the bottom of your crockpot with a calorie-friendly cooking spray.
- Caramelize Onions Slowly: Cook the onions on the low setting for a long time, at least 6-8 hours, until they're deeply caramelized. This is where most of the flavor comes from.
- Add Fresh Herbs: Fresh thyme and bay leaves can add aromatic depth to your soup without adding extra points.
- Low-Sodium Broth: Use a low-sodium beef or vegetable broth to control the salt content. You can always add salt to taste later.
- Wine and Deglazing: A splash of white wine during the deglazing process can add complexity to your soup. Just be mindful of the points if you're following Weight Watchers.
- Be Mindful of Cheese: Traditional French Onion soup is topped with lots of cheese, but for a lighter version, use reduced-fat cheese or a smaller amount of a strongly flavored cheese like Gruyère.
- Whole Wheat Bread: Opt for whole wheat baguette or croutons for a healthier twist. Toast them before adding to the soup to prevent sogginess.
- Portion Control: Use smaller crocks or bowls to control serving sizes. This helps with portion management for Weight Watchers.
- Homemade Stock: If possible, make your own stock. It's lower in salt and healthier.
- Skim Off Fat: After the soup is done, skim off any excess fat from the top to reduce the overall calorie content.
- Add Vegetables: To increase the nutritional value without adding many points, consider adding sliced mushrooms or diced carrots.
- Watch the Sugar: Be mindful of the sugar content in the wine and the broth. Choose options with lower sugar if you're on a diet.
- Slow Simmering: Once you've assembled all the ingredients, let the soup simmer on the low setting for an additional hour or two to meld the flavors.
Are you a Weight Watcher?
If you follow my Blog you probably already know I am a lifetime member of Weight Watchers and I like to point all of my Recipes with the WW Points System.
This Weight Watchers French onion soup recipe is only 3 Points on my app for 1 ½ cups of soup.
Weight Watchers has a new individualized program right now to make it easier to enjoy the foods you love and still lose weight.
Just plug the ingredients into your WW app to confirm the points for your individual program.
Make sure you check out my Newbie WW Tips and Tricks Guide if you are just getting started.
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