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Restaurant-Style French Onion Soup

Jenny

"Classic French onion soup, similar to one you can get in a restaurant. Made with wine and sherry to bring out the beef flavor of the broth. Two different cheeses top it off to give it that bubbly, browned, and stretchy topping."
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Ingredients

1 h 35 m servings 792 cals
Original recipe yields 6 servings

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  1. Melt butter in a large soup pot over medium heat. Cook and stir onions, garlic, salt, black pepper, and thyme until onions are soft and brown, about 30 minutes. Pour in red wine and sherry; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until you can no longer smell alcohol cooking off, about 15 more minutes.
  2. Sprinkle onion mixture with flour and stir until coated; cook for 10 minutes. Pour in broth, stir to blend in flour, and simmer until slightly thickened, about 20 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) while soup is simmering. Arrange bread slices on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil.
  4. Toast the baguette slices in the preheated oven until golden brown, 12 to 14 minutes, turning the bread over halfway through cooking. Remove toast and set aside.
  5. Set an oven rack about 8 inches from the heat source and turn on the oven's broiler.
  6. Ladle soup into 6 oven-proof crocks, filling them about 3/4 full. Place 1 or 2 bread slices into the bowls and top each with a slice of Swiss cheese and a slice of provolone. Carefully place filled crocks onto a sturdy baking sheet.
  7. Broil soup until the cheese is browned and bubbling, 3 to 4 minutes.

Footnotes

  • Cook's Note:
  • Use a slicer attachment of the food processor to make easy work of slicing onions. Purchase day-old bread, then slice and bake ahead of time, keep in a resealable bag.
  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 792 calories; 37.7 g fat; 77.2 g carbohydrates; 31.3 g protein; 86 mg cholesterol; 2170 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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Made this for Recipe Group...FANTASTIC! I have a recipe that I just love, but this is definitely gonna replace it, as it was even better than that one, and it took a lot less time to make too! I...

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Unfortunatly, we didn`t care for this soup. I didn`t like the red wine taste in this soup and together with the onion the taste was boring. I`ve used wine in soups before and liked ther result. ...

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Made this for Recipe Group...FANTASTIC! I have a recipe that I just love, but this is definitely gonna replace it, as it was even better than that one, and it took a lot less time to make too! I...

This is the best French Onion Soup we have ever had!! Wasn't sure of the size of onions, since it was not specified, I used 10 medium (four of them were sweet onions). Used homemade beef brot...

Recipe Group Selection: 15, September 2012 ~ French Onion is my favorite soup, but I've never tried making it. Thought this one was very good. I had to cook my onions for about 45-50 minutes ...

I used 6 large onions - 3 red and 3 yellow and omitted the wine because I used homemade beef stock with red wine as an ingredient. The cooking times for the onions was longer - nearly 1 hour 15...

Absolutely love this recipe! I used regular yellow onions and a dry (cheap)red wine and it turned out great. I also used the cooking sherry but next time might leave that out OR buy a good she...

Unfortunatly, we didn`t care for this soup. I didn`t like the red wine taste in this soup and together with the onion the taste was boring. I`ve used wine in soups before and liked ther result. ...

Very good! However the prep/cooking time is much longer than stated, at least for me. It takes more than 30 minutes to "brown" the onions. Maybe it was the type of onion? I did the same thi...

I pretty much just followed the recipe except I have never bought or used sherry so I made it without. I made a pot roast to go with it and used some of the pot roast dripping to boost the brot...

Didn't change a thing. Great recipe!!! We love French onion soup and we make this one again for sure.