Soup, glorious soup. It’s such an easy way to start a multi-course meal or, paired with a side salad and sprouted bread, a simple lunch or dinner. And there’s no better — or easier — soup than this onion soup recipe. You’ve likely had French onion when out or maybe even from a can. But no more. With this easy onion soup recipe, you can enjoy homemade, healthy onion soup whenever the mood strikes.
The Problem with Canned Soup
If you normally get your soups from a can, it’s time to make the switch and prepare your own soups instead. Not only will you end up saving a bundle in the long haul, but it’s way better for your health. That’s because canned soups are full of hidden nasties.
You might have heard of BPA, a compound found in receipt paper and plastic — and the lining of most cans. Unfortunately, it doesn’t stay there; BPA is known to seep out of the lining and has been detected in the urine of 93 percent of Americans. Unfortunately, one of the highest sources of BPA is canned soups. The chemical is an endocrine disruptor and contributes to infertility issues, vitamin D deficiency and obesity.
Canned soups are also full of sodium. While salt has a place in a healthy diet, most of us are getting nearly 75 percent of our sodium from processed and packaged foods and well over the recommended amount. In fact, our excessive sodium intake is one of the reasons America is fat, sick and tired.
A diet high in sodium also raises the risk of high blood pressure, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes. Even canned soups that claim to be low in sodium usually contain more sodium than necessary, particularly since it’s rare for someone to eat just one serving of a canned soup.
Canned soups often have MSG as well, one of the worst ingredients you can eat. Monosodium glutamate is a food additive that can afflict you with nausea, heart palpitations and vomiting. Prolong exposure of MSG overexcites body cells, leaving them so heavily damaged that they eventually die. This definitely calls for making your own French onion soup.
Onion Health Benefits
Luckily, this homemade onion soup recipe has none of those undesirable ingredients. Onions are surprisingly powerful little vegetables. They’re packed with antioxidants that lower inflammation and can even help fight cancer by preventing tumor growth and the development of cancer by keeping cells from mutating and inducing apoptosis.
And if you’re suffering from diabetes, getting your onion fix can help control blood sugar levels in the body and prevent insulin resistance. Not too shabby.
Onion Soup Nutrition Facts
So, how good for you is this onion soup? Check out the nutrition facts: (1)
- 223 calories
- 16.75 grams protein
- 11.57 grams fat
- 9.27 grams carbohydrates
- 1.5 grams fiber
- 542 milligrams sodium (36 percent DV)
- 27 micrograms vitamin B12 (27 percent DV)
- 0.248 mg milligrams B6 (19 percent DV)
- 308 IUs vitamin A (13 percent DV)
- 7 milligrams vitamin C (9 percent DV)
- 0.154 milligrams manganese (9 percent DV)< img class=”aligncenter wp-image-76224 size-full” src=”https://draxe.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Onion-Soup-Ingredients-1.jpg” alt=”Onion soup recipe ingredients – Dr. Axe” width=”734″ height=”490″ />
This is pretty impressive for an onion soup with just five ingredients. It’s packed full of bone broth, my favorite food for healing leaky gut. It’s also exceptional at protecting joints and keeping skin looking young. Additionally, bone broth boosts the immune system naturally by reducing inflammation and helping the gut get in tip-top shape.
Using ghee instead of butter also keeps this quick soup dairy-free. It’s great for people who are lactose intolerant or sensitive to casein.
How to Make This Onion Soup Recipe
So how do you make this French onion soup?
In a large stockpot over medium heat, melt the ghee then add in the sliced onions.
Cook the onions until they’re lightly caramelized, then add in the broths and garlic. Add salt and pepper and try a sip so you can adjust to taste.
Then crank up the heat so the mixture boils. Once it’s bubbling, reduce the temperature and let the onion soup simmer for 30–35 minutes. The longer it simmers, the more flavor you’ll be rewarded with. In fact, you could even turn this into a crockpot recipe.
When the soup is ready, ladle it out into bowls or mugs. You can add freshly shaved Parmesan or Gruyere cheese here as well.
Serve this French onion soup recipe hot and enjoy!
Onion Soup Recipe
- 4 large onions, peeled and thinly sliced
- 2 cups chicken bone broth
- 2 cups beef bone broth
- 4 tablespoons ghee
- 5 garlic cloves, chopped
- Sea salt and black pepper to taste
- In a stock pot over medium heat, melt ghee and thinly sliced onions.
- Cook onions until lightly caramelized.
- Add bone broth and garlic.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Bring mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat and allow to simmer for 30–50 minutes (the longer, the more flavor).