French Onion Soup
French onion soup is one of my favorite soups. It’s comforting, rich and perfect for a rainy day. I serve this with a green salad…it’s always a big hit with my whole family.
- 8 cups of thinly sliced sweet yellow onions (3-4 large onions)
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp sugar
- 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
Heat olive oil & butter in a dutch oven pot over medium heat. Add onions and saute until caramelized & tender – about 45 minutes. Stir frequently. As soon as the onions are caramelized add the minced garlic & stir for about 30-45 seconds.
- 8 cups of beef broth
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/2 tsp thyme
- Salt & pepper to taste
Add the above ingredients to the onions, simmer over medium low heat for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Taste & re-season if needed. I was going to add a half a cup of white wine but once I tasted the soup I decided I liked it the way it was. It was full of flavor and perfect.
- Baguette slices, toasted (1 or 2 per bowl)
- 2 cups of Swiss cheese or Gruyere cheese, shredded
Divide the soup among 4 ovenproof bowls. Arrange toasted baguette slices on top of soup and sprinkle with shredded cheese. Place bowls on a cookie sheet lined with tin foil and place under a pre-heated broiler; cook until cheese melts and forms a crust over the tops of the bowls. Serve immediately. Enjoy.