French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup is easy to make at home, and is frugal and delicious!

January is National Month of Soup, and what could be better than a warm, hearty soup on a cold winter's day? Let's continue this series with French onion soup. As one of my daughters says, "this is the easiest thing ever!"

French onion soup really is simple to make. Basically you cook the onions, then add the beef broth and seasonings and simmer. This soup is famous for the slice of French bread in each bowl, topped with melted swiss cheese.

Here are the how-to's:

Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a large saucepan.

Add two onions, thinly sliced. Sauté the onions on medium high heat. Cook until well-browned but be careful not to burn them. This will take about 30 minutes.

This is how they looked after ten minutes. I added a half teaspoon of sugar at this point to help them caramelize, but it's optional.

After twenty minutes, here's how they looked. They were beginning to brown, so I started stirring them almost constantly to keep them from burning.

This is after thirty minutes.

When the onions are well-caramelized, add the garlic and sauté for an additional minute or two. Add the Worchestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar, spices (except the salt and pepper) and beef broth and stir. Simmer for another 30 minutes and season to taste with the salt and pepper. Remove and discard the bay leaf.

Place a slice of French bread in each bowl - I toast it first - and top with a slice of Gruyere or Swiss cheese, then ladle the soup into the bowl. The bread and cheese should rise to the top.

Most recipes will tell you to put the bowls under the broiler, but I don't have any bowls that will withstand that sort of heat, although I admit the soup is amazing when you can do that! So...

I let the hot soup and the toasted bread melt it for me. It does take a few minutes. Sometimes if my oven is warm from cooking something else, I'll set the bowls in the oven and hurry along the process a bit. This method isn't quite the same, and the visual of the melted-under-the-broiler soup is definitely more impressive, but it tastes just as good. The toast soaks up the soup, and combined with the melted cheese... Yum!

If you know how to make beef broth at home, this soup is a very frugal bowl of deliciousness; the price of two onions and some cheese gives you a hearty, flavorful meal.

French Onion Soup

2 large onions, thinly sliced
3 Tbsp butter
1/2 tsp sugar (optional)
1 clove garlic, minced
2 quarts beef stock
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp dried parsley
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1/8 tsp paprika
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper

sliced French bread
Gruyere or Swiss cheese, sliced

Melt butter in a large saucepan. Add the onions and saute over medium high heat until well-caramelized, taking care to not let them burn. After ten minutes, add sugar to help them caramelize (optional). When well-browned, add the garlic and saute for an additional minute or two.

Add the remaining ingredients (except salt and pepper) and stir. Simmer for 30 minutes. Remove and discard bay leaf.

Place a slice of French bread and a slice of cheese in each bowl; ladle soup into bowls. Place bowls under broiler until cheese is melted.

I hope you'll give this a try!

The Month of Soups collection:
Cream of Asparagus Soup
Spilt Pea Soup
Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
Ham and Bean Soup
White Bean Tortellini Soup
Roasted Tomato Soup
Chicken and Mushroom Soup
Broccoli and Cheddar Soup
French Onion Soup
Albondigas Soup


French onion soup is so easy to make at home, and is frugal and delicious!

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