French Onion Soup

from Diabetes Meals 

French Onion Soup is ready in 15 minutes and is true comfort food. An even faster way to make this soup is to use 1 package of dried onion soup mix. This package will replace the bouillon mix and the two onions.

Makes 4 servings


3 packets (each 0.2 oz/4.5 g) reduced-salt beef bouillon mix 

4 cups (1 L) water 

2 medium onions, thinly sliced 

4 slices white bread, toasted

4 oz (125 g) Swiss or mozzarella cheese (this is equal to 4 slices of cheese, each 4 inches/10 cm square)


In a pot, add bouillon mix, water and sliced onions. Bring to a boil. Turn down heat and simmer for 15 minutes, until onions are soft. 

Pour soup into four oven-safe bowls. 

Cut dry toast into cubes. Put 1 full slice of cubed toast onto each bowl of soup. Place a slice of Swiss cheese on the bread. 4. Broil in the oven until the cheese bubbles.

If you don’t have oven-safe bowls, you can broil the cheese on the bread ahead of time, then cube it and place on top of the hot soup.

Health Tip: For a low-salt diet – use 3 cups (750 mL) of no-salt-added beef broth (or homemade no-salt-added broth) to replace the bouillon and water.

Nada’s Tips & Tricks: One of my favourite soups and can be made in a flash with an impressive presentation. Mix a little white wine (full bodied chardonnay works well) or whiskey/bourbon with the broth. May not be as diabetic-friendly but gives the soup an elegant lift.  

Courtesy of Diabetes Meals for Good Health Cookbook 4th Edition by Karen Graham © 2023 Reprinted with permission. Available where books are sold. Text copyright © 2023, 2020, 2012, 2008 Karen Graham, RD, CDE  Photographs and illustrations copyright © 2023, 2020, 2012, 2008 Durand & Graham, Ltd. (except as listed on page 288) Cover and text design copyright © 2023, 2020, 2012, 2008 Robert Rose Inc.