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3 Easy Ways to Prepare French Onion Soup

Mmm… French onion soup. Heavenly delicious and superbly good. Few dishes are more satisfying and comforting than this tasty all-season starter. But what makes it even more enticing is that it is incredibly easy to make! Read on to discover 3 easy ways to prepare French Onion Soup. Vive le bonne soupe a l’oignon!

French Onion Soup with Gruyere Cheese

Serves:

  • 6 (about 1 cup each)

Wine:

  • Beaujolais or Beaujolais Nouveau

Ingredients:

  • 5 medium sized brown onions
  • 6 slices of toasted French baguette
  • 2 cans of condensed beef broth (approx. 10½ ounces each)
  • 2 cups of water
  • ½ a cup of white wine
  • ¼ a cup of butter
  • 1 tablespoon of all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 cups of shredded Gruyere cheese

Preparation:

  1. Refrigerate the onions for 1 hour before using them, to avoid shedding tears!
  2. Slice onions in half-moon shapes and melt butter in a Dutch oven, over a medium heat. Add onions, and cook them until they are tender, and slightly brown, while stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with flour, and slowly pour in half the beef broth. Bring it to a boil, continuing to stir once in a while. Add the remaining broth, the water and the Worcestershire sauce and let it boil again. Lower the heat and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes to allow all the flavors to blend well together.
  3. Pre-heat the broiler in your oven or set the oven temperature to 550 degrees. Place 1 slice of toasted bread on the bottom of each oven-proof soup bowl, and ladle soup over the bread. Sprinkle with cheese and heat under the broiler until the cheese is melted, bubbly and golden brown. Remove, open the wine and serve!

Check out the video below, for another great way to make slightly different French onion soup with Gruyere cheese.

Rich French Onion Soup

french onion soup

Serves:

  • 6 (approximately)

Wine:

  • Red Burgundy

Ingredients:

  • 6 large yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 clove of minced garlic
  • ¼ a cup of butter
  • 5 cups of beef broth
  • 1 cup of water
  • 5 tablespoons of cognac
  • 1/3 a teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh thyme leaves
  • ½ a teaspoon of sweet pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 slices of toasted French bread
  • 6 slices of Swiss cheese

Preparation:

  1. In a Dutch oven, sauté sliced onions and garlic over a medium heat until golden brown and tender. Add cognac and cook for 2 more minutes. Stir in broth, brandy, pepper, bay leaf and thyme. Increase heat and bring to a boil. Add water and let it boil for 3 more minutes, then reduce heat. Taste and add more pepper and thyme if you like. Cover and simmer for 60 minutes. Stir occasionally, adding more water if necessary.
  2. Preheat the oven to 550 degrees. Divide soup into heatproof bowls, add 1 slice of toasted bread per bowl and top with Swiss cheese. Let it boil in the oven, until cheese bubbles and becomes golden brown. Serve immediately!

Vegetarian French Onion Soup

vegetarian onion soup

Serves:

  • 6 (approximately)

Wine:

  • White Burgundy

Ingredients:

  • 3 large yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 large red onions, thinly sliced
  • 7 cups of vegetable broth
  • 2/3 a cup of white wine
  • ¼ a cup of butter
  • 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 2/3 a teaspoon of dry mustard
  • ¼ a teaspoon of white pepper
  • ½ a tablespoon of fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon of freshly chopped parsley
  • 6 gruyere cheese slices
  • grated parmesan cheese
  • 6 slices of toasted French bread

Preparation:

  1. Melt butter in a large kettle. Add onions and pepper, and cook over a medium heat, until tender. Mix in sugar and mustard, and stir until onions are golden brown. Sprinkle with flour and stir over a very low heat for 1 more minute. Then add wine and cook for 10 more minutes. Blend in broth, thyme and parsley and simmer, slightly covered, for about 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season to taste, with salt, and more pepper.
  2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Ladle soup into ovenproof bowls and top with toasted bread and cheese slices. Let it boil in the oven until cheese melts, and gets a golden crust. Sprinkle with a little bit of Parmesan and fresh parsley, and serve!

Here is another way to make vegetarian French onion soup.

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Jessica is a translator who has lived for many years in Asia and South America. She now lives and works in Europe, while preparing her new journeys. She enjoys traveling, meeting new people, exploring different cultures and foods, and being in love.

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