Classic French Onion Soup

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Soup is one of the best comfort foods, especially on cold winter days like we’ve had this year. Classic French Onion Soup has always been one of my favourites at restaurants and I was surprised how easily you can make it at home using inexpensive ingredients. The hardest part is time – you need to give the onions plenty of time to slowly caramelize and develop the rich full flavour that makes this soup stand out. classic-french-onion-soup-close

It truly takes only a handle of simple ingredients to make a beautiful bowl of this flavourful classic. The result is a Classic French Onion Soup with silky onions in a dark broth, covered with toasted bread and melted cheese. Yum!

Classic French Onion Soup
 
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Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs onions (approx. 6-8 medium sized onions), peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 6 cups beef broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • baguette
  • grated Gruyere or Swiss cheese
Instructions
  1. Peel skin off onions, cut in half and slice into thin even half moons.
  2. In a large dutch oven or heavy-bottomed stockpot, melt butter with the oil over medium-low heat. Add the onions and stir to coat. Cover and cook on low heat for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove the lid, add salt, pepper and salt; stir to combine. The sugar will help the onions caramelize.
  4. Turn the heat up to medium and cook onions, uncovered, for 40-60 minutes until the onions are deeply browned. Stir every few minutes to keep them from sticking. If they start to burn or scorch, turn down the heat. Caramelization happens through slow even heat, not from burning.
  5. Stir in the flour and cook for a minute. Stir in wine to deglaze the pan using a wooden spoon.
  6. Add stock, bay leaf and thyme. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low, partially cover the pot and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Discard bay leaf and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  7. While the soup simmers, heat oven to 400°F. Slice the baguette into 1-inch thick slices and arrange on a baking sheet. Bake for 6-8 minutes, until the bread is toasted and golden around the edges.
  8. Switch oven to the broiler.
  9. Divide the soup into oven-safe bowls and place on a baking sheet. Top each with a slice or two of the toasted baguette and sprinkle with grated cheese.
  10. Place on an oven rack about 6 inches from the heat and broil for 2-4 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Remove carefully and let cool for a few minutes before serving.

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Peel skin off onions, cut in half and slice into thin even half moons.

classic-french-onion-soup2In a large dutch oven or heavy-bottomed stockpot, melt butter with the oil over medium-low heat. Add the onions and stir to coat. Cover and cook on low heat for 15 minutes.

classic-french-onion-soup3Remove the lid, add salt, pepper and salt; stir to combine. The sugar will help the onions caramelize. Turn the heat up to medium and cook onions, uncovered, for 40-60 minutes until the onions are deeply browned. Stir every few minutes to keep them from sticking.

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If they start to burn or scorch, turn down the heat. Caramelization happens through slow even heat, not from burning.

classic-french-onion-soup5Stir in the flour and cook for a minute. Stir in wine to deglaze the pan using a wooden spoon.

classic-french-onion-soup6Add stock, bay leaf and thyme. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low, partially cover the pot and simmer for 15-20 minutes.

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Discard bay leaf and season to taste with salt and pepper.

classic-french-onion-soup8While the soup simmers, heat oven to 400°F. Slice the baguette into 1-inch thick slices and arrange on a baking sheet. Bake for 6-8 minutes, until the bread is toasted and golden around the edges.
Switch oven to the broiler.

classic-french-onion-soup9Divide the soup into oven-safe bowls and place on a baking sheet.

classic-french-onion-soup10Top each with a slice or two of the toasted baguette and sprinkle with grated cheese.

classic-french-onion-soup11Place on an oven rack about 6 inches from the heat and broil for 2-4 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Remove carefully and let cool for a few minutes before serving.

classic-french-onion-soup-homemadeI can hardly wait to dig in!

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