Rich & Simple French Onion Soup

January 28th, 2016 | Posted by Anita in Recipes

Red onions and cooking onions, like many other root vegetables, are plentiful during the winter. Visit your local farmers’ market and you will likely encounter a bounty of onions…often for a great price! If you love onions as much as I do, you probably┬álove french onion soup too. There’s not much more satisfying than a hot cup of French onion soup (topped with some yummy local cheese and sliced bread!) on a chilly winter day. This version does have bacon on it, but if you’re not a meat eater, don’t fret! We’ll post a veggie version next time around!

Ingredients

1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 pound finely chopped bacon
6 cups sliced red and/or cooking onions (if you refrigerate them overnight first, you won’t tear up a much while you cut them!)
4 cloves of garlic (or more!)
8 cups beef broth
1/4 cup sherry
1 teaspoon thyme (fresh or dry will do!)
Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh bread, sliced thick (French or Italian is great!)
Sliced swiss cheese (or other cheese, if you prefer)

Directions

  1. Heat butter and oil in a large stock pot until butter melts. Add onions and cook, stirring often, until tender and translucent. Do not brown the onions.
  2. Add sliced bacon and continue stirring until bacon is cooked
  3. Add sherry, beef broth, and thyme. Season with salt and pepper and simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Turn on the oven broiler.
  5. Ladle soup into oven safe bowls. Layer each bowl with slice of bread and slice of cheese. Place bowls on a baking sheet and broil until cheese starts bubbling.
  6. Enjoy! Beware, the bowl will be very hot!

 

 

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