Vegetarian French Onion Soup {Low Sodium}

Another week down. I can’t believe Liam will be 7 weeks old tomorrow. But, to tell you the truth, I’m just trying to get through the days. Of course, I’m trying to soak up every minute, but the sleep deprivation and fussy baby has got me wanting to keep the time going quickly.

Many people have told me that babys start getting better between 6-10 weeks old. I have started to notice a difference just within the last couple of days and it’s amazing! Liam will actually let me sit him down in the bouncy seat and he’ll just sit there: no pacifier, no crying, just sitting there looking around. It’s heaven. I can actually get up to go to the bathroom and not have to leave and come back to a crying baby. Ahh…

It’s the little things.

Little things just like soup.

Soup is one of those things that I sometimes take for granted, but homemade soup is just good for the soul (Yes, I read Soup for the Teenage Soul years ago. Don’t hate.).

I made it vegetarian and didn’t miss the beef broth one bit. The flavors were delectable, especially the sweet flavors from the balsamic vinegar and brown sugar. Mmm!

So, even though it’s 100 billion degrees outside. You should make this soup. It’ll do your soul good….even with a fussy baby.

Vegetarian French Onion Soup {Low Sodium}


  • 5 sweet onions, sliced thin
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2-4 bay leaves (depending on size)
  • 4 cups low sodium vegetable broth


  1. In a large pot on high heat, combine the onions, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, and pepper.
  2. Let the onions caramelize, stirring occasionally until golden brown (about 20 minutes).
  3. Add in the wine and stir to deglaze the bottom of the pan.
  4. Once the wine has evaporated, stir in the remaining ingredients.
  5. Simmer on low for 1 hour (or up to 6 hours).
  6. Serve with whole wheat sour dough bread with cheese melted on top.

Servings: 4-5


  1. It does get better with time. My youngest had the hardest time sitting by herself. I thought something was wrong with her cause she would just cry all the time. The doctor said she just loved me a lot. LOL. This soup looks real yummy. I love French Onion Soup!

  2. Aw, it does get better soon! I’m so glad you’re catching a glimpse of that already, it’s so hard with your first when you don’t know if it will ever end! I absolutely LOVE french onion soup. I need to try this, but I think I’ll wait till it cools off 🙂

    1. Hi Frank, You are SO right. Thank you for bringing that to my attention. I went to the grocery store and compared the vegetable broth in a can/carton to the bouillon cubes and the bouillon has more sodium. I modified the recipe to use low sodium vegetable broth, since that has the lowest sodium of the three varieties. If you’re really salt sensitive, I even recommend making your own vegetable broth, so you can be in complete control over the sodium. Thank you again and happy cooking!

      1. I highly recommend using Rapunzel Vegan Vegetable Bouillon, No Salt Added cubes. They are fantastic, very low in sodium and very economically priced.

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