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.

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6 Responses to “French Onion Soup”

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    JennDZ - The Leftover Queen — April 10, 2008 @ 7:40 pm

    YUM. I love how simple this recipe is – just such full focus on those sweet onions!

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    Kevin — April 11, 2008 @ 1:40 am

    Nice looking French onion soup! It is one of my favorite soups.

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    Marc @ norecipes — April 11, 2008 @ 4:41 am

    Mmmm I love French onion soup. The best part is the crusty bread swollen with savory onion goodness.

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    Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) — April 11, 2008 @ 7:08 am

    I’ve never been fond of onion soup, but you have just convinced me that I should give it a try – especially your recipe.

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    Test Kitchen Recipes — April 11, 2008 @ 7:20 am

    This looks so tasty. I want to try it.

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    Hillary — April 11, 2008 @ 9:23 pm

    Delicious looking soup! Ya know, it’s funny, I hate onions in anything else but I LOOOVE onion soup!

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