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Croque Monsieur Soup

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Croque Monsieur Soup
  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 50 min
  • Servings 8
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A twist on the classic French bistro sandwich -- creamy cheese soup with ham, topped with a thick slice of cheesy French bread -- Ooh la la!

Ingredients

1/2
cup butter
2
large sweet onions, cut in half and thickly sliced (4 cups)
2
teaspoons finely chopped garlic
1/4
cup all-purpose flour
3
cups Progresso™ unsalted chicken stock (from 32-oz carton)
1
package (8 oz) cream cheese, cut in cubes
2
cups half-and-half
2 1/2
cups shredded Swiss cheese or Gruyère cheese (10 oz)
2
cups chopped cooked ham (about 10 oz)
3
teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/2
teaspoon salt
8
slices (1-inch thick) French bread
Cornichons, if desired

Directions

  • 1 In 5-quart Dutch oven, melt butter over medium-high heat until sizzling. Cook onions in butter 13 to 15 minutes, stirring frequently, until onions are light golden brown. Stir in garlic; cook 30 seconds. Sprinkle flour on onion mixture; cook and stir constantly 1 minute. Slowly stir in chicken stock. Heat to boiling; reduce heat to low. Cook uncovered 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • 2 Stir in cream cheese; stirring constantly with whisk until smooth. Stir in half-and-half until blended. Slowly add 2 cups of the cheese, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly until cheese is melted. Stir in ham, 2 teaspoons of the Dijon mustard and the salt; cook 3 to 5 minutes or until heated through.
  • 3 Meanwhile, set oven control to broil. Place French bread slices on ungreased cookie sheet. Spread remaining 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard evenly on cut sides of bread. Sprinkle evenly with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Broil with tops 5 inches from heat 1 to 2 minutes or just until cheese is melted and golden brown. Watch carefully so cheese does not burn.
  • 4 Serve soup topped with bread slices and cornichons.
Tips  

Croque Monsieur roughly translates to “Mister Crispy,” a traditional French ham and cheese sandwich with toasted bread, covered with a béchamel sauce and more cheese, baked or fried.

The long, slow cooking of the onions gives this soup its rich caramelized-onion flavor and color.

Gruyère cheese is a rich, nutty, buttery-tasting form of Swiss, without the holes.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
720
(
Calories from Fat
380
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
43g
65%
(
Saturated Fat
25g
123%
,
Trans Fat
1 1/2g
)
Cholesterol
135mg
46%
Sodium
1370mg
57%
Potassium
560mg
16%
Total Carbohydrate
51g
17%
(
Dietary Fiber
2g
10%
,
Sugars
8g
)
Protein
32g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
25%
25%
Vitamin C
4%
4%
Calcium
40%
40%
Iron
20%
20%
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 1 1/2 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 2 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 6 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
3 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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