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French Onion Soup

Savory and filling, this soup is full of flavor.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: French Onion Soup, January Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 lbs. yellow onions halved and thinly sliced
  • ¼ lb. butter
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tbsp. flour
  • ½ c. dry white win
  • 6 c. beef or vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 baguette
  • grated or sliced cheese (Gruyere, Asiago, Swiss, or Gouda)

Instructions

  • This first step is the most important: carmelize the onions. Begin by melting the butter in a large stockpot set over medium-high heat. Then add the onions and give a good stir so that they are fully coated in the butter. Stir the onions every 3-5 minutes for the first 20 minutes, making sure to scrape the bottom. Then for the next 10 minutes, give a good stir about every minute or so to keep them from burning. If you're worried that the onions are looking a little dry, it's okay to add a little more butter or a splash of the white wine to help things unstick. When the onions are caramelized, add in the garlic and saute for a minute or two before stirring in the flour and cooking for one minute more. Then stir in the wine to deglaze the pan and use a wooden spoon to scrape up all that goodness at the bottom of the pan.
  • After deglazing the pan, add the stock, sauce, bay leaf, and thyme and stir until combined. Allow the soup to cook until it reaches a simmer. Then reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and allow to simmer for another 10 minutes. Remove the sprigs and leaf and discard.
  • While the soup is simmering, slice the baguette into 1-inch slices and heat your oven to 400°F. Arrange the baguette slices on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 6-8 minutes or until golden brown. If you have oven-safe bowls/mugs, then place a serving of soup in each mug and top with a baguette and a sprinkling of cheese and broil for 2-4 minutes or until the cheese is nice and bubbly. If you don't have oven-safe dishes, then you can broil the cheese on top of the baguettes separately and then place on top of your soup. Serve and enjoy!