French Onion Stew

When my younger son was in grade school he started ordering French onion soup in restaurants like Panera Bread.  He’s always been a fairly adventurous eater, but that one surprised even me.  I decided that if he was going to eat it, I’d learn to make it….but, I must make a confession, I’m not a fan of plain French Onion soup. It tastes so much like onion (go figure).  So, I experimented with several components of soup that I do like and came up with this recipe.  It has turned into a meal that we can all agree is the perfectly indulgent meal. ~Tracy

FrenchOnionStew

French Onion Stew

French Onion Stew

    Ingredients:
  • ~3.5 oz. Shiitake mushrooms (usually one small container), chopped
  • ~8 oz. baby Portabella mushrooms (chopped)
  • ~1 ½ to 2 medium yellow onions, halved and sliced
  • ~2 t. freshly grated ginger
  • ~4 cloves minced garlic
  • ~1 tsp. salt
  • ~1 ½ tsp. black pepper
  • ~1 ½ c. shredded beef, such as a rump roast cooked in this method
  • ~2 c. fat free beef broth
  • ~1 10 ½ can beef consume (such as Campbell’s)
  • ~3 T. low sodium soy sauce
  • ~1 ½ - 2 c. water (adjust as needed if stew is too thick when barley cooks)
  • ~1 c. uncooked barley
  1. Place chopped mushrooms into a bowl.
  2. Cover with boiling water and let stand approximately 30 minutes.
  3. Spray the bottom of a large stock pot with cooking spray.
  4. Saute onions, garlic, and ginger in sprayed approximately 10 minutes or until softened and just beginning to brown.
  5. Add mushrooms, beef, and a tablespoon or so of the mushroom liquid to aide in the saute process.
  6. Continue to saute for another 5 minutes.
  7. Add soy, consume, broth, water, and barley.
  8. Simmer 30 minutes until barley is tender.
  9. Transfer servings of stew to oven-safe bowls.
  10. Top with your favorite cheese such as grated parmesan, or swiss.
  11. Place bowls under the broiler for only a couple of minutes until cheese melts and begins to lightly brown.
  12. Carefully remove bowls from oven and serve with your favorite bread.

This soup makes approximately 10 one-cup servings. Each serving is 3 WW Freestyle points each without cheese.

https://foursistersdish.com/2018/11/01/french-onion-stew/

 

 

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