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French Onion Soup

Step into the world of classic French cuisine with our Homemade French Onion Soup. This soul-warming delight is a symphony of caramelized onions, rich beef broth, and melted cheese, creating a comforting experience that transcends ordinary soups. Whether you’re seeking warmth on a chilly day or aiming to impress your guests with a touch of culinary elegance, this French Onion Soup is a timeless choice that never fails to deliver pure comfort in every spoonful.

Exciting Story: The inspiration for this French Onion Soup comes from the heart of Parisian bistros, where the aroma of simmering onions and the rich scent of beef broth create an ambiance of warmth and homeliness. Recreating this experience at home was a labor of love, each step in the recipe a journey back to the cobblestone streets and cozy corners of France. From the first caramelization of onions to the final gratinéed cheese on top, every moment is an ode to the art of French comfort cuisine.

Why This French Onion Soup Is an Undeniable Classic:

Selling Points:

  • Caramelized Onion Magic: The slow caramelization of onions gives this soup a sweet and savory depth that’s unparalleled.
  • Rich Beef Broth: A hearty beef broth forms the base, infusing the soup with robust flavors that linger on the palate.
  • Melted Cheese Gratinee: Topped with a golden-brown layer of melted Gruyère or Swiss cheese, adding a luxurious touch to every serving.
  • Crusty Baguette Perfection: Served with toasted baguette slices, each bite offers a delightful contrast of textures.

Notes:

  • For a deeper flavor, add a splash of brandy along with the wine.
  • Ensure your baguette slices are toasted and sturdy to hold up in the soup.
  • The soup can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator. Simply reheat and add the cheese just before serving.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Can I use a different type of cheese?

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A: While Gruyère or Swiss are traditional, you can experiment with other melting cheeses like mozzarella or provolone.

Q: Is there a vegetarian version of French Onion Soup?

A: Certainly! Substitute vegetable broth for the beef broth and use a rich, flavorful mushroom stock for depth.

French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

Recipe by Alexandra
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Servings

4

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

40

minutes
Calories

300

kcal
Total time

0

minutes
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Ingredients

  • 6 large 6 onions, thinly sliced

  • 4 tablespoons 4 (60g) unsalted butter

  • 2 tablespoons 2 (30ml) olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon 1 granulated sugar

  • 2 cloves 2 garlic, minced

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 (120ml) dry white wine (optional)

  • 8 cups 8 (1.9 liters) beef broth

  • 2 2 bay leaves

  • Salt and black pepper to taste

  • Baguette slices, toasted

  • Gruyère or Swiss cheese, shredded

  • Fresh thyme for garnish (optional)

Directions

  • In a large pot, melt butter and olive oil over medium heat. Add sliced onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until they are deeply caramelized and golden brown. This may take 30-40 minutes.
  • Sprinkle sugar over the caramelized onions and stir until dissolved.
  • Add minced garlic and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  • If using wine, pour it into the pot, scraping the bottom to release any browned bits.
  • Add beef broth, bay leaves, salt, and black pepper. Bring the soup to a simmer and let it cook for at least 20-30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  • Preheat your oven’s broiler.
  • Ladle the soup into oven-safe bowls. Top each bowl with toasted baguette slices and a generous amount of shredded Gruyère or Swiss cheese.
  • Place the bowls on a baking sheet and broil until the cheese is melted and bubbly, with a golden-brown crust.
  • Garnish with fresh thyme if desired and serve hot.

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