French Onion Soup Recipe

French Onion Soup Recipes

Ingredients :


3 tablespoons

1 teaspoon


1 cup


4 slices

medium onions

olive oil

dried thyme (whole, not ground)

16-ounce cans beef stock

dry red wine

thick slices Swiss cheese

white bread (preferably from a baguette or sour-dough loaf)

Method :
  1. Peel the onions and slice them thinly (or chop them finely) in the food processor.

  2. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat and add all the chopped onions.

  3. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are softened and richly browned, about 15 minutes.

  4. Lower the heat if necessary so they don't burn.

  5. When the onions are a soft, caramelized mass, add the thyme, then stir in the beef stock and wine.

  6. Stir well, and leave to simmer for about 5 minutes.

  7. Meanwhile, place the cheese slices on the bread and toast in the toaster oven or under the broiler, until cheese is melted.

  8. Lay each slice in the bottom of a serving bowl, pushing it down to fit if necessary, and ladle the hot soup over the cheesy bread, making sure to get a portion of onions in each bowl.

  9. Serve immediately.

Makes 6-7 cups of soup, serves 3-4

This classic soup topped with bread and cheese might seem complicated, but by taking a few shortcuts, you can get a very tasty version on the supper table in half an hour.

Canned beef stock isn't ideal by itself, but enriched with red wine and a hint of thyme, as well as onions, it's very good. It's usually quite salty, so you shouldn't need to add extra salt to the dish. For a warm and cozy supper, serve with a green salad and additional bread and cheese.

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