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Soup's On: French Onion Soup

Soup's On: French Onion Soup

I spent the long weekend at my cabin in the mountains. While the sun was out, the weather was frigid and the ground snowy. To take advantage of my free time, I decided to make a slow-cooking soup. French onion soup is a comforting, crowd-pleasing classic. Don't be intimidated by this bistro fave, it's really easy to make. You do need time to slice the onions and cook them down, so don't wait until the last minute to make it. The longer the onions caramelize the better the soup. To see how I made it,


French Onion Soup
Modified from Bon Appétit magazine and Martha Stewart

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
6 onions (about 3 pounds), sliced
6 garlic cloves, sliced
1 bay leaf
3 springs fresh thyme
1 tsp. sugar
1 tbsp. all-purpose flour
1/2 cup dry sherry
6 cups canned beef broth
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
6-8 sourdough bread slices, toasted
8 ounces pecorino romano cheese, grated on the large holes of a box grater (about 3 cups)

  1. Melt butter in a large Dutch oven or heavy pot on medium-low heat. Add onions, garlic, bay leaf, and thyme. Spread them out in as thin a layer as possible. Sprinkle with sugar, and cook, stirring just as needed to keep onions from sticking, until they are melting and soft, golden brown, and beginning to caramelize, 1 hour to an hour and a half.
  2. Sprinkle flour over onions, and stir to coat.
  3. Add wine and simmer until reduced to glaze, about 3 minutes. Stir in beef broth and mustard. Simmer 20 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Preheat broiler. Ladle soup into broilerproof bowls. Top each with slice of toast and grated cheeses. Broil until cheeses melt and bubble.

Serves 6-8.

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partysugar partysugar 7 years
suziryder: I got my bowls at Mervyns, but you might be able to find them at Target. Also, I have no clue if they are broiler safe, I just stuck them under the broiler and kept an eye on them. My dad is a retired fire chief and saw me do it, so I think you might be ok. zeze: of course you can use veggie broth and leave out the sherry. Any white wine would make a good substitute.
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 7 years
Suzy, when I make this I just put the slices of bread and cheese in the toaster and then just pop them onto a bowl of soup once the cheese is melted. Putting the whole thing in the broiler always seemed unnecessary.
zeze zeze 7 years
I want to make this too, but can I use vegetable broth instead of beef? And can I omit/substitute the sherry for anything?
suziryder suziryder 7 years
Hey Party, I've been wanting to make French onion soup for my hubby for a long time - it's his favorite. But I cannot find broiler-proof dishes of the right size for individual servings of soup, and I've been looking everywhere for them. I went to a Corningware/ Pyrex outlet this weekend and they had nothing!! All the appropriately-sized dished were oven safe but NOT broiler safe. Do you know where I can get some soup bowls that I can put under the broiler?
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
Oh my goodness, this looks AMAZING! Yum!
Liss1 Liss1 9 years
I love french onion soup. I will definately have to try this. :drool:
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
YUMMY - this is one of my favorite soups ever! it's funny. i went on a study abroad to paris, and my roommate ordered this soup and refused to eat it becuase there was cheese on top. i guess she missed one of the main points of the soup huh?
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Never had it before...
JovianSkies JovianSkies 9 years
This looks REALLY delicious, and easier to make than I'd have thought!
CoconutPie CoconutPie 9 years
Hey PartySugar, as long as there's some cheese, I'm in! Makes me think, next time I'll try making four cheese onion soup. Four small slices of toast instead of a big one, and with a different cheese on each.
partysugar partysugar 9 years
FinnLover and fuzzles: gruyere is the standard go to cheese for French onion soup but since I had a bunch of pecorino romano leftover from pasta the night before I decided to use that.
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
LOVE this stuff! Not a big sherry fan, though, so when I do make the soup I usually give the carmalized onions a few shots of balsamic vinegar. And like FinnLover, I also use Gruyere.
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 9 years
One of my favorites.
CoconutPie CoconutPie 9 years
Best soup ever! I usually use Gruyère though.
PugLuv PugLuv 9 years
Oops. I mean soup, not coup.
PugLuv PugLuv 9 years
Yummy. I've been meaning to make this coup lately too.
Angelica Angelica 9 years
Looks delish! I'm gonna try this party! Thanks for the inspiration.
emalove emalove 9 years
One of my favorite soups, love it.
lcterp lcterp 9 years
I really dislike French Onion Soup but my boyfriend loves it so maybe I'll make it for him soon.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 9 years
I am going to goggle up tonight and make me some.
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 9 years
YUM! onion soup, with that crusty cheese top is so darn delicious
SugarCat SugarCat 9 years
Looks so good. I have to have it at least once a winter. Delish!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Mmmmm I LOVE Onion Soup! Always the best!
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