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Slow-Cooker Beefy French Onion Soup

Fantastic French onion soup is made even heartier with beef stew meat. Start the soup in the morning and come home to a no-fuss dinner.

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  • prep time 15 min
  • total time 10 hr 25 min
  • ingredients 11
  • servings 8
 

Ingredients

7
small onions, cut in half and thinly sliced (about 7 cups)
1
tablespoon butter or margarine, melted
2
tablespoons sugar
2
dried bay leaves
1 1/2
pounds beef stew meat
3
cans (10 1/2 ounces each) condensed beef consommé
1/4
cup dry sherry or apple juice
1
cup apple juice
1/4
teaspoon dried thyme leaves
8
slices ( 1/2 inch thick) French bread, toasted
2
cups shredded Swiss cheese (8 ounces)

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LOCATION

Steps

  • 1 Toss onions, butter and sugar in 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. Top with bay leaves and beef.
  • 2 Cover and cook on low heat setting 9 to 10 hours or until onions are deep brown.
  • 3 Stir in beef consommé, sherry, apple juice and thyme. Increase heat setting to high. Cover and cook 10 minutes or until hot. Remove bay leaves.
  • 4 To serve, spoon into ovenproof soup bowls and top each serving with slice of toast and 1/4 cup cheese. If desired, broil with tops 6 inches from heat 3 to 5 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and begins to brown.
  • 1 Toss onions, butter and sugar in 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. Top with bay leaves and beef.
  • 2 Cover and cook on low heat setting 9 to 10 hours or until onions are deep brown.
  • 3 Stir in beef consommé, sherry, apple juice and thyme. Increase heat setting to high. Cover and cook 10 minutes or until hot. Remove bay leaves.
  • 4 To serve, spoon into ovenproof soup bowls and top each serving with slice of toast and 1/4 cup cheese. If desired, broil with tops 6 inches from heat 3 to 5 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and begins to brown.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

For best results, don't double this recipe. If the onions are packed too deeply in the slow cooker, they steam and stay pale and boiled tasting instead of caramelizing. They would eventually caramelize, but not before the beef would become dried out and overcooked.

A fresh tossed salad with a vinaigrette would taste great with this rich soup. Spoil your family with a small fancy French pastry from the bakery for dessert.

If you broil the soup with cheese on top, place the soup bowls on pretty plates to protect fingers and your table from the hot bowls.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
440
(
Calories from Fat
180),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
20g
20%
(Saturated Fat
10g,
10%
),
Cholesterol
80mg
80%;
Sodium
910mg
910%;
Total Carbohydrate
31g
31%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
),
Protein
34g
34%
;
% Daily Value*:
Iron
20%;
Exchanges:
2 Vegetable; 4 Lean Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.