Also known as "carabaccia", this is a local specialty in Florence, and is hard to find even in cookbooks specializing in Italian soups! The effect should be rich and somewhat sweet (but not too much). Adding roasted garlic would be a good variation.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large heavy pot, heat oil over medium heat. Cut onions in half lengthwise, then slice thinly. Place sliced onions in pot and toss to coat with oil. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are softened and beginning to color, 30 minutes.

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  • Increase heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, uncovered, until onions are amber in color, 45 minutes.

  • Sprinkle onions with sugar and a little bit of salt; cook, stirring, until sugar melts and onions are caramel colored, 5 minutes. Pour in wine and broth, and place cinnamon stick in pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer 1 hour.

  • Stir the bread into the soup and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally until the bread disintegrates, 30 to 45 minutes.

  • Remove the cinnamon stick. Whisk the soup to incorporate the bread. Adjust seasoning. Serve hot.

Nutrition Facts

528.2 calories; protein 12.4g 25% DV; carbohydrates 75.2g 24% DV; fat 11.2g 17% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 470.4mg 19% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
12/14/2002
This was so good! It took a long time to actaully cook, but it only took about 10 minutes to prepare! And then you just simmer it and forget it! It was good! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
01/07/2012
Made EXACTLY as stated. I'm sorry to rate this so low but it was we did not care for it and we could not eat it. My husband and teenaged sons who are quite adventurous when it comes to food all after 2-3 tastes pushed their bowls back and said they didn't like it. Oh well. I know this is a legitimate recipe because I did a search and found very similar variations. I like the history of the recipe but it is just too sweet. The incorporation of the bread just made it look a mess. Not a visually appealing meal either. Will stick to French Onion Soup. Read More
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5 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
12/14/2002
This was so good! It took a long time to actaully cook, but it only took about 10 minutes to prepare! And then you just simmer it and forget it! It was good! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2011
Great recipe...I added only half the wine and in addition at the end of cooking time some Gruyere cheese as a topping for the finished soup. This is authentic and wonderful. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
01/06/2012
Made EXACTLY as stated. I'm sorry to rate this so low but it was we did not care for it and we could not eat it. My husband and teenaged sons who are quite adventurous when it comes to food all after 2-3 tastes pushed their bowls back and said they didn't like it. Oh well. I know this is a legitimate recipe because I did a search and found very similar variations. I like the history of the recipe but it is just too sweet. The incorporation of the bread just made it look a mess. Not a visually appealing meal either. Will stick to French Onion Soup. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/03/2020
Absolutely delicious. This has to be my daughter's favorite recipe I made for her. Read More