What is a French onion soup recipe for people with diabetes?

Sautéed onions give this easy, slow-cooker soup lots of flavor. They also offer a bonus for people with diabetes: They're high in minerals like chromium, which can improve insulin function.   

Click below to see chef Michel Nischan stir up this gourmet soup.

Slow Cook French Onion Soup


42 oz low sodium beef broth
6 medium onions, thinly sliced
2 medium garlic cloves, minced
1/8 tsp black pepper
1/2 cup shredded gruyere cheese, or Swiss
4 pieces sliced whole wheat bread (or any whole grain) (optional)
1 grapeseed oil cooking spray


1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Cut four slices of whole wheat bread into cubes.
3. Place bread cubes in a 15" x 10" x 1" baking pan.
4. Lightly coat cubes with cooking spray.
5. Bake 2 to 3 minutes or until bread is dry and crisp, tossing once or twice.

1. In 3-1/2 or 4 quart slow cooker, combine beef broth, onions, garlic, and pepper.
2. Cover and cook over low heat for 9 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4-1/2 to 5 hours.
3. Preheat broiler.
4. Ladle soup into oven-safe bowls. Add croutons, if desired, and top with grated cheese.
5. Place bowls on baking sheet and position under broiler until cheese is slightly browned and bubbly.

Additional Information
Make a double batch of soup and croutons. Freeze separately for use later.
Note: Optional items are not included in nutritional facts.

Makes 6 servings

Calories 119.6
Total Carbs 14.8 g
Dietary Fiber 3 g
Sugars 9 g
Total Fat 4.3 g
Saturated Fat 1.7 g
Unsaturated Fat 2.6 g
Potassium 367.9 mg
Protein 7.7 g
Sodium 95.2 mg

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