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French Onion Soup

August 14th, 2010 in Hot Soups, Soups by
Total cooking time: 1h 30min
French Onion Soup

I absolutely love this tender onion and cheese soup with a light hint of spices and dry white wine. It is very good choice for home dinner party or romantic dinner just for you two.

You can prepare most of the steps in advance (from step 1 to step 9), then pour soup to the bowls, add bread and cheese and put them to the oven right before serving. That will save you a bit of time and ensure every meal comes fresh and warm at the right time.

My advice would be to use home prepared broth, cooked with good quality beef, carrots, onions, parsley and celery for this soup. If you need some hints on how to prepare beef broth, follow these instructions.

Ingredients:


How to prepare, step-by-step:

  1. Prepare ingredients: cook beef stock in advance, cover cooking pot with a lid leaving small hole between pot and lid and pour about 1 quart to the separate cooking pot leaving vegetables and meat behind, you will not need them for this recipe.
    French Onion Soup Recipe: Step 1
    French Onion Soup Recipe: Step 1
  2. Cooking onions is the most important, time consuming and tricky part of this recipe. Start by warming up 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a big skillet with high sides over moderate high heat. Peel onions and slice them, lengthwise. Move them to the skillet and start frying, the heat is high so it is important to stir so onions don’t burn:
    French Onion Soup Recipe: Step 2
    French Onion Soup Recipe: Step 2
  3. About 10 minutes into the process season onions with a pinch of sugar to help them gain brown color. Then continue frying and stirring until onions are good caramelized (the process may take up to 30 mins):
    French Onion Soup Recipe: Step 3
    French Onion Soup Recipe: Step 3
  4. Reduce heat. Peel garlic and press it to the skillet with onions, mix and fry for about 1 minute:
    French Onion Soup Recipe: Step 4
    French Onion Soup Recipe: Step 4
  5. Then add all flour, mix and fry them together for 5 mins more:
    French Onion Soup Recipe: Step 5
    French Onion Soup Recipe: Step 5
  6. Add about ½ cup of dry white wine and let it simmer for 5-8 mins:
    French Onion Soup Recipe: Step 6
    French Onion Soup Recipe: Step 6
  7. Add bay leaves, thyme and season with black pepper:
    French Onion Soup Recipe: Step 7
    French Onion Soup Recipe: Step 7
  8. Pour beef stock in, add salt to taste, mix everything and bring to boil. Then cover with a lid and reduce heat. Simmer soup lightly for about 30-40 mins:
    French Onion Soup Recipe: Step 8
    French Onion Soup Recipe: Step 8
  9. Toast bread in toster, or in the oven:
    French Onion Soup Recipe: Step 9
    French Onion Soup Recipe: Step 9
  10. Pour soup to the oven-safe bowls using a ladle:
    French Onion Soup Recipe: Step 10
    French Onion Soup Recipe: Step 10
  11. Put toasted white bread to each soup bowl:
    French Onion Soup Recipe: Step 11
    French Onion Soup Recipe: Step 11
  12. Add shredded cheese on the bread and a bit around, to taste (I love a lot of cheese for this soup):
    French Onion Soup Recipe: Step 12
    French Onion Soup Recipe: Step 12
  13. Preheat oven to 350 F (if your oven has broiler mode – use it), then put soup bowls to the oven:
    French Onion Soup Recipe: Step 13
    French Onion Soup Recipe: Step 13
  14. After about 10 mins (or once cheese is good melted, bubbly and a bit browned in color) remove soup bowls from the oven and serve (carefully soup bowls will be most probably hot!):
    French Onion Soup Recipe: Step 14
    French Onion Soup Recipe: Step 14
Enjoy!

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Anish

Yes.. This Site was very helpful For my French Project … Thank You Guys…

Since I love cheese very much, I’m going to try this one..I love soup too..This is perfect for me. My mouth is watering while watching the photos. :). Thanks for the share.

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