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SSS #14 - French Onion Soup

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Sharon L picked this week's recipe - Thanks, Sharon!

French Onion Soup

Makes 6 servings


2 lbs. yellow onions, peeled, halved lengthwise, then sliced thinly crosswise
2 Tbsps. oil
2 Tbsps. butter
3 sprigs fresh thyme
1 dried bay leaf or 2 fresh bay leaves
¾ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. sugar
2 tsps. all-purpose flour
½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
¾ C. dry white wine (or red wine)
6 C reduced-sodium beef broth (48 fl oz.)
6 diagonal slices of baguette
½ lb. shredded Gruyère (or Comte or Emmental) cheese
2 Tbsps. finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (optional)


Heat butter and oil in a heavy 4- to 5-quart pot. Add onions, thyme, bay leaves, sugar and salt. Stirring frequently, cook onions over moderate heat until they are very soft and deep golden brown, about 45 minutes. Add flour and pepper, and stir for 2 minutes. Add wine and stir for 2 more minutes. Add broth and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes.

While soup simmers, preheat oven to 350°F.

Arrange bread in 1 layer on a baking sheet and toast, turning over once, until completely dry, about 15 minutes. Remove croutons from oven and preheat broiler. Put heat-proof soup bowls in a shallow baking pan.

Discard bay leaves and thyme from soup and divide soup among bowls, then put a crouton in each. Add enough shredded Gruyère to cover crouton, then sprinkle each with Parmigiano-Reggiano (if using).

Broil until cheese is melted and bubbly, 1 to 2 minutes.

Make ahead: Soup can be made and refrigerated or frozen (of course, do not add croutons and cheese to soup if making ahead); cool soup completely, uncovered, then refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze. Reheat soup before proceeding with recipe.

Although it takes a long time, the key to this soup is to cook the onions until they are nicely caramelized (not unlike roux).

Here are all of my ingredients:

And the onions as they are simmering in the broth:

And the yummy soup:

Comments (5)

Looks delicions. I loved the way the onions practically melted - far better than any onion soup that I have ever had. There was NONE of this soup left to freeze.

Your soup looks great Nancy. This recipe was by far, the best french onion soup I have ever had.

Didn't you just love this soup? So flavorful, and easy to make, just took a while for the onions to cook. Yours looks great.


I agree with Candi and Jerry, it was easy and delicious, and no point in trying to freeze the little that was left.


You are all right - this was the best onion soup I have ever encountered.

None left to freeze at our house either!

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