French Onion Soup Casserole

A casserole version of traditional French Onion Soup,
this dish is a real winner. Each serving is very big, and you
get all the delicious flavors that are expected. A perfect,
low calorie recipe to warm you up on a cold winter day.

Ingredients

5 medium onions, thinly sliced

2 tbsp light butter

1 cup fat free beef broth

1/2 cup red wine

3 garlic cloves

1/3 loaf French baguette

4 slices light Swiss cheese (I used
Jarlsberg)

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp dried thyme

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

Instructions

Set a large pot or Dutch oven medium high heat, melt
butter and add in onions, garlic and salt.

Cook, stirring frequently until onions become
caramelized, about 30-40 minutes.

If onions start to stick to pan, just stir a tbsp or
two of the broth as needed.

Once onions are caramelized, add in the broth, wine,
Worcestershire sauce, paprika, pepper and thyme. Simmer
over medium heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Turn heat to low and add in vinegar and season with
additional salt and pepper if desired. Cover and keep over
low heat to stay hot while you prepare the bread.

Preheat oven broiler. Slice 1/3 of a loaf of French
baguette into about 12 slices.

Spray a baking sheet with nonfat cooking spray, and
arrange baguette slices evenly on sheet. Lightly mist again
with an olive oil mister or the nonfat cooking spray and
then place in oven for 3 minutes on each side, or until
bread is well toasted on both sides.

Remove bread from oven and set it to bake on 375
degrees.

Pour onion mixture into an 8X8 casserole dish. Top
evenly with bread slices and then cover evenly with Swiss
cheese slices.

Place casserole dish into oven and let bake until
cheese is melted and bubbly and beginning to brown, about
10-15 minutes. Serve immediately.

Preparation time: 20 minute(s)

Cooking time: 45 minute(s)

Diet type: Vegetarian

Diet tags: Reduced fat

Number of servings (yield):
4

Culinary tradition: French

Entire recipe makes 4 servings
Serving size is about 1 ½ cups

PER SERVING: 237 calories;
5g fat; 29g carbohydrates;
11g protein; 3g fiber

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