Friday, February 7, 2014

Slow Cooker Lighter French Onion Soup from Mountain Mama Cooks

French Onion Soup, made in the slow cooker!

Slow Cooker Lighter French Onion Soup from Mountain Mama Cooks featured on
 (Photo from Mountain Mama Cooks.)

(For Friday Favorites we spotlight past recipes that you may have missed, and this Slow Cooker Lighter French Onion Soup from my friend Kelley at Mountain Mama Cooks sounds perfect for this time of year.)

During college I worked at a now-closed Salt Lake City restaurant called Le Parisien, and I still have happy memories of the French onion soup there, something I ate pretty much every time I worked.  This recipe for Slow Cooker Lighter French Onion Soup from Mountain Mama Cooks starts out by caramelizing the onions right in the slow cooker.  The soup cooks all day on low and when you're ready to eat, you dish the soup into individual bowls and melt the cheese under the broiler.  Kelly lightens up the soup by using a moderate amount of butter and cheese, but this soup sounds like there's still plenty of flavor.

Ingredients for this Slow Cooker Recipe:
  • butter
  • onions
  • garlic
  • brown sugar
  • dry sherry
  • beef broth
  • fresh thyme
  • bay leaf
  • whole wheat bread
  • Jarlsberg or Swiss cheese

Get the complete recipe for Slow Cooker Lighter French Onion Soup from Mountain Mama Cooks.

More Slow Cooker Recipes from Mountain Mama Cooks:
Buffalo Chicken Tacos with Blue Cheese Slaw from Mountain Mama Cooks
Crispy Baked Chicken Tacos from Mountain Mama Cooks

Slow Cooker Lighter French Onion Soup from Mountain Mama Cooks featured on

More Ideas for Soup in the Slow Cooker:
Black Bean Soup with Five Peppers and Ham from Andrea Meyers
Vegan Autumn Lentil Soup from Healthy Slow Cooking 
Sweet Tomato and Basil Soup from 365 Days of Slow Cooking 
Split Pea Soup with Chicken Sausage and Carrots from Kalyn's Kitchen
Sassy Sweet Potato Chowder from Everyday Southwest   


  1. I can't wait to try this. I love French onion soup!

  2. Thank you so much for the share, Kalyn. It's one of my favorite slow cooker recipes and I haven't made it in ages. I'm thinking it needs to happen this week! Thanks for the reminder:)

  3. Kelley, my pleasure. I love the sound of this.

  4. That looks terrific! I really miss French Onion soup. It's a rarity to be able to get it gluten free when eating out. It's easy to serve this gluten free, just by using gf bread. And I happen to have some gf baguettes on hand. ;-)

    Thanks, Kalyn and Kelley!

  5. Shirley doesn't it look good! I recently had lunch with two of my sisters in a very nice restaurant in SLC. They both had French Onion Soup and of course I was trying to diet and had a salad. When the soup came I regretted so much not ordering it, so maybe I need to make my own!

  6. I’m not sure what may have gone wrong with this recipe. For the first two hours I tried to caramelize the onions to a golden brown with the lid on the slow cooker and all I got was soft onions and onion juice. Then I thought maybe I should have had the lid off, so for another two and a half hours I had the lid off. No difference. I gave up and just added the broth and other ingredients. Not sure how you can caramelize and make onions golden in a slow cooker.

  7. Barbara, I know that some slow cookers get much hotter than others. But sorry this did not work out for you. Maybe click through to Mountain Mama Cooks and ask the blogger who created the recipe. She might be able to clarify more about how she made it work.


Thanks for taking the time to comment on Slow Cooker from Scratch! I love hearing from fellow slow cooker fans, especially if you've tried or plan to try one of the recipes featured here.

I've recently changed my comment settings so people can comment without signing in, but you will need to check the box to show you're a live person, and comments on older posts won't show up until I publish them. Thanks for understanding!

And if you really like the recipe, Pins, Shares, Tweets, and Yums are always appreciated, either here or on the original post which has the recipe!

Blogging tips