French Onion Soup is one of my favorite soups. Thank goodness I can still enjoy it with Weight Watchers!
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One serving of this soup is 5 Freestyle points. That even includes the bread and cheese! It doesn’t get much better than having soup with melted cheese.
One of the things I did to lighten up this soup was to cut back on the butter. I only used 1 teaspoon of butter, but it was still enough to get the onions cooked.
I didn’t use a lot of flour either. One teaspoon of all-purpose flour is 0 Freestyle points.
One thing I highly recommend is buying a food scale. I use my food scale all the time! For this recipe I used it to weigh the bread. I used a French baguette which initially came up as 5 points on the Weight Watchers app.
I busted out my scale and found out my one slice of French baguette bread was .3 oz. Since I used two slices of bread for the recipe I tracked it as 1 ounce and it came out to 2 points. I saved myself 3 points simply by weighing my bread.
My scale helps me the other way too though. I’m sure I could try and eyeball 2 oz. of pasta, but I’m much better off weighing it to make sure I’m not overeating.
Now back to the French Onion Soup. This is a speedy version that only takes 30 minutes to make. It’s a quick, healthy version that still has MELTED CHEESE! Pretty much any recipe with melted cheese you can count me in.
I used a yellow onion for my soup but really you can use any kind you want. I prefer the yellow for this because it’s a sweet onion.
Yield: 2 Servings (5 points per serving for blue, green and purple)
- 1 medium sized onion
- 1 teaspoon butter
- 2 tablespoons red cooking wine
- 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
- 2 cups fat-free beef broth
- Pinch of dry thyme
- 1/2 bay leaf
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 small slices of a French baguette
- 2 slices part-skim mozzarella cheese
Cut onion into evenly sized slices.
Melt butter in a sauce pan. Add the onions and cook 10-15 minutes or until they are starting to caramelize, stirring frequently.
Add the red cooking wine and stir for 2 minutes.
Add the flour and stir well. Slowly add the beef broth while stirring.
Add the thyme, bay leaf, salt and pepper.
Bring to a boil and let simmer for 10 minutes.
While the soup is cooking toast the bread.
Turn the broiler on high.
Divide the soup into two 10 ounce ramekins. Put one slice of bread in each, then cover with cheese.
Put under the broiler until cheese is melted.
If you’re looking for some zero point recipes, check out my post 20 Zero Point Recipes or my post 20 (More) Zero Point Recipes. Both are filled with delicious recipes that won’t cost you a single point! They’re perfect for days when you’re running low on points, or trying to save up points for a night out.
If you’re looking for dessert recipes you can visit 50 Weight Watchers Freestyle Desserts. It’s filled with delicious desserts perfect for Weight Watchers!