Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Onion Surprise Soup

Onion Surprise Soup

This is really just french onion soup with a twist.  The surprise comes in the topping! Most french onion soups come covered with a thick, gooey layer of bread and cheese.  Applebee's version of french onion soup packs a whopping 21 grams of fat, and 2317 mg of sodium (

Instead of bread, this recipe uses cheese & mashed cauliflower. This recipe is based on a recipe found on website devoted to Paleo friendly meals. I am not following the Paleo diet, but I found this recipe interesting....and of course, I had to put my own twist on it!
This soup is perfect to warm you up, or if you just want french onion soup.  Check out the cute little dish. My friend gave it to me last week, and I had to find something to make with it ASAP!!

for the soup:
3-4 sprigs of fresh thyme
5 large onions (Mix it up! I used vidalia & yellow)
2 T olive oil
1 quart fat free, low sodium beef broth
3 teaspoons oregano, dried
2 teaspoons sodium free garlic herb seasoning (I used Mrs. Dash)
salt & pepper, if desired

for the topping:
1 cup frozen cauliflower, mashed
1 egg
1 cup Swiss cheese, shredded/cubed
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
salt & pepper, if desired

In a large pot, heat up the olive oil over medium-low heat. 

Add in onions (be sure to separate them), thyme, oregano, and place the lid slightly ajar. Stir and let the onions "melt" for 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes, stir again. 

Set timer for another 10 minutes. Keep lid ajar, to let steam. You should repeat the process until the onions shrink by half, and are a caramel color (about 25 minutes total). 

Add beef broth, bring to a boil.  Once boiling, reduce to a simmer, making sure to get up any "onion flavor bits" from bottom of pan with spoon.  Add in garlic herb seasoning.  Stir and simmer for 10-15 minutes.  Remove thyme sprigs. 


Preheat oven to 400.

In a small sauce pan, cook cauliflower until soft.  Mash.

Mix in egg and shredded/cubed cheese.  Add in garlic powder, and s&p if using.

Divide soup into 4 bowls.  Even divide cheese mixture, and spread evenly over each bowl. 

Place in oven for 10 minutes, or until hot and bubbly. Turn on broiler for a few minutes for additional color/browning.

Enjoy!! Pairs nicely with a salad.

Serves 4

Other information
 WW 5pt+ per serving


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