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Recipe for Classic French Onion Soup


Recipe for Classic French Onion Soup







French onion soup is a timeless and comforting dish, perfect for a cozy meal. This version is rich with caramelized onions, beef broth, and topped with a slice of toasted baguette and melted cheese. Here’s how to make it:



6 large yellow onions, thinly sliced

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 tablespoons olive oil


1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon sugar

4 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 cup dry white wine (optional)

8 cups beef broth


2 bay leaves

4 sprigs fresh thyme

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Salt and pepper to taste

1 baguette, sliced


2 cups Gruyère cheese, grated



Caramelize the Onions:

In a large, heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven, heat the butter and olive oil over medium heat.

Add the sliced onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until they begin to soften.

Sprinkle with salt and sugar, and continue cooking, stirring often, until the onions are deeply caramelized and golden brown, about 40-50 minutes.

Add Garlic and Wine:

Add the minced garlic and cook for another minute.

If using, pour in the white wine to deglaze the pot, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom. Cook until the wine has evaporated.


Add Broth and Herbs:

Add the beef broth, bay leaves, and thyme to the pot.

Stir in the Worcestershire sauce and bring the soup to a simmer.

Reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for about 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Prepare the Baguette Slices:

While the soup is simmering, preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).

Arrange the baguette slices on a baking sheet and bake until golden and crisp, about 10 minutes.

Assemble and Serve:

Ladle the hot soup into oven-safe bowls.

Place a slice of toasted baguette on top of each bowl of soup.

Sprinkle generously with grated Gruyère cheese.

Place the bowls on a baking sheet and transfer to the oven. Broil until the cheese is melted and bubbly, about 3-5 minutes.

Garnish and Serve:

Carefully remove the bowls from the oven and garnish with a sprig of fresh thyme.

Serve immediately, but be cautious as the bowls will be very hot.



Slow Cooking: Take your time caramelizing the onions, as this process is key to developing the deep, rich flavor characteristic of French onion soup.

Broth Quality: Use a high-quality beef broth for the best results. Homemade broth will make the soup even more flavorful.

Cheese Choice: While Gruyère is traditional, you can also use Swiss cheese or a combination of both for a different flavor profile.

Enjoy your homemade French onion soup, a warm and savory delight perfect for any occasion!

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