One thing we love above the holidays and the weather cooling down is comfort food. Find us by the fire with a cheesy baked spinach dip and whole grain crackers, or maybe with some healthy macaroni and cheese for lunch or dinner. Another one of those feel good dishes is slow cooker French onion soup. Have you ever tried it? We adore making it at home because not only is it usually healthier than restaurants (we will show you how), but your entire house will start to smell delicious when you cook this slow cooker french onion soup recipe.
How is homemade soup healthier? There are a few different things you can do. First, buy broth that is low-sodium. We promise that the loss in salt will not make this recipe any less tasty! Secondly, when soup calls for butter, skip it. Instead, use melted coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil. And third, for this slow cooker French onion soup recipe, go light on the cheese and crouton toppings (we actually skipped the bread altogether when we made it). Let the delicious broth and the tender onions be the star of this recipe!
- 5 yellow onions, sliced thin
- 12 cups low sodium beef broth (or low-sodium french onion soup broth if you can find it)
- 1 cup red wine or beer
- 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tbsp. coconut oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 4 fresh rosemary springs
- Slice the onions and place them in the bottom of the slow cooker.
- Top with the remaining ingredients, in the order listed above.
- Turn the slow cooker on to low and cook for 8 hours, until the onions are completely softened and no crunchiness remains.
- Spoon the soup into bowls and (optional) top with swiss cheese. If you use the cheese, broil in the oven for 3 minutes so the cheese melts. Serve with (optional) whole grain baguette slices for dipping in the broth.
- Refrigerate the onions for 1 hour before you cut them to avoid making your eyes tear. The coldness makes the chemicals less likely to irritate you!