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French Onion Stew

French Onion Stew

I love French Onion soup, you know the classic rich broth covered with gooey cheese. Seems so decadent, but it can actually be made quite healthy. The issue I always have though is all the work for a soup that isn’t quite a meal. Enter the French Onion Stew. All the flavor with added nutrients and protein for a complete meal.

To get even more flavor use a homemade or store bought vegetable broth instead of water and serve in crocks with melted cheese over top. Use Swiss, cheddar or mozzarella cheese. 

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  • 4Servings


  • 2 large onions, halved and sliced
  • 2 large shallots, halved and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup French or green lentils
  • 6 cups onion broth or water
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon light miso paste mixed with 1 tablespoon boiling water
  • 8 slices whole wheat baguette
  • 4 ounces cheese


  1. Add some neutral vegetable oil to a large pot and bring to medium-low heat. Add in the sliced onions and shallots and cook down for about 30 minutes, covered. Stir occasionally until onions are soft and caramelized. Be careful not to burn your onions!
  2. Then, add in the minced garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  3. Add lentils, water, salt, and thyme. Simmer for about 30-45 minutes, uncovered, until lentils are soft. Add miso paste and mix well.
  4. Taste, and adjust seasonings if necessary, keep warm.
  5. Meanwhile, toast bread with cheese. Serve hot soup with cheesy toast croutons.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 365
  • Carbohydrate Content: 52 g
  • Fat Content: 10 g
  • Fiber Content: 15 g
  • Protein Content: 19 g
  • Sodium Content: 959 mg