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French Onion Soup Recipe

 

A decadent French Onion Soup full of flavor that is topped with croutons and melted gruyere cheese.

French Onion Soup Recipe at TidyMom.net



We have spent a good part of January curled up in front of the fireplace, watching Dexter on Netflix. We have a good two months of winter and six seasons of the secret life of a a blood spatter pattern analyst  to go.  I’m ready for winter to end, and I’m still trying to figure out why I’m feeling anxiety and sympathy for a serial killer.  

When it’s this cold out, and I need comforting, I crave soup. You can’t go wrong French Onion Soup……a sweet oniony broth topped with crunchy croutons covered in melted cheesy goodness!  

The key to a great French onion soup is  the caramelized onions.  This step can be done in about a half hour, but if you have the time,  slowly caramelize them for a few hours on a low heat, you wont be sorry!  It brings out so much more of the sweetness and flavor. 

French Onion Soup Recipe at TidyMom.net

After you have caramelized the onions, you make the broth, which is flavored by a little bit of dry wine, I like to use Chardonnay,Worcestershire sauce, garlic and thyme. Let it all simmer about 40 minutes to let the all of the flavors come together.  

The final step is what makes French Onion Soup so hard to resist.  

 

French Onion Soup Recipe at TidyMom.net

This is the best part!  Just before serving, top each bowl  with New York® Brand Texas Toast Garlic & Butter Croutons and lay a few slices of gruyere cheese on top.  Place your bowls on a baking sheet and pop them under the broiler for just a few minutes.  Keep a close eye on it, and pull them out just as the cheese starts to melt,bubble and turns a nice golden brown.

French Onion Soup Recipe at TidyMom.net

Now excuse me while I have another bowl and watch to see how Dexter makes his way thru season 3.

 

French Onion Soup Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours, 50 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

French Onion Soup Recipe

A decadent French Onion Soup full of flavor that is topped with croutons and melted gruyere cheese.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2-3 large white or yellow onions (or 3-4 medium), sliced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1½ tablespoon flour
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1½ cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • New York Brand Texas Toast Garlic & Butter Croutons
  • 4 slices gruyere cheese (about 2 ounces)

Instructions

  1. Melt butter in a heavy soup pot or Dutch oven over medium heat, add the onions and stir until they are evenly coated with butter and sprinkle with salt and sugar.
  2. Turn the heat to medium-low, let onions cook, stirring occasionally,for at least 30-45 minutes. You can let them cook even longer over a low heat with the lid on until golden brown and caramelized, about 2-3 hours, stirring every 15 minutes. — just don't let them burn or get black. Adjust the heat as necessary.
  3. With medium-low heat, add the garlic and thyme and saute for about a minute.
  4. Mix in flour and brown for about another 2-3 minutes, forming a paste, but try not to scorch it.
  5. Add the wine and scrap the bottom of the pan to get up all of the cooked-on brown bits.
  6. Add broths, vinegar and worchestire sauce, bring to a boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 30-40 minutes.
  7. Ladle the soup into oven-safe bowls on a baking sheet and top with croutons and a a thick layer of cheese, making sure to cover the edges of the croutons to prevent burning.
  8. Place under broiler, watching closely, until cheese melts, bubbles and turns a golden brown.
  9. Dunk the croutons and cheese into the soup as you eat.
  10. Enjoy!
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29 Responses to “French Onion Soup Recipe”

  1. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness posted on January 27, 2014 at 7:15 am (#
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    French onion soup is a favorite in my household, and yours looks perfect! I love these pictures…I just want to dive right into the middle of that melty Gruyere and eat my way out!

    • TidyMom replied on January 27th, 2014 at 8:46 am

      thanks so much Taylor!

  2. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar posted on January 27, 2014 at 7:18 am (#
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    I absolutely love French onion soup – your recipe looks perfect!

  3. Karly posted on January 27, 2014 at 7:43 am (#
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    Oh my gosh, this looks so warm and comforting! Perfect for a day like today!

  4. Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon posted on January 27, 2014 at 8:00 am (#
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    Nothing warms the soul like soup-especially this delicious french onion one! I need some today-it’s another cold one! Stay warm!

  5. Toni | Boulder Locavore posted on January 27, 2014 at 8:06 am (#
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    Cheryl this is so inviting! I love the scene you’ve set with this delicious soup. I empathize on the chill of winter. We have snow right now. How about a Downton Abbey marathon? Great characters, beautiful scenes; no blood-splattered walls!

    • TidyMom replied on January 27th, 2014 at 8:46 am

      That’s on our list to watch after we finish a few others……we are watching too much right now! lol nothing else to do

  6. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite posted on January 27, 2014 at 8:37 am (#
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    Oh man its a cold day and Texas and I could totally warm up with this for lunch.

  7. Amanda Padgett posted on January 27, 2014 at 8:46 am (#
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    That soup looks so warm and tasty! Two of my sons are soup fanatics, so this will be a new one to try for them. Thanks!

  8. Mique posted on January 27, 2014 at 8:48 am (#
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    This looks sooooo good. I love soup. Especially French Onion! I haven’t tried croutons in it like that before. I can’t wait to make it like this.

  9. Russell at Chasing Delicious posted on January 27, 2014 at 10:25 am (#
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    I totally just made french onion soup last week but this recipe has me itching to make it again. Delicious!

  10. Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg posted on January 27, 2014 at 10:47 am (#
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    I can feel the warmth already. This looks scrumptious. Pinning.

  11. Leigh Anne Wilkes @YourHomebasedMom posted on January 27, 2014 at 12:08 pm (#
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    French Onion is my favorite soup! Love the idea of using croutons on top. Yum!!!

  12. Coco in the Kitchen posted on January 27, 2014 at 1:13 pm (#
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    This is my fav thing to have for dinner on a very cold night.
    Too bad for us, we haven’t had much of a winter here at all.
    Texas toast croutons are a great idea and I love that you add Worchestershire & balsamic for a richer flavour.
    Gonna have to try this recipe of yours, Cheryl. Thanks!

  13. Doreen Grace posted on January 27, 2014 at 4:28 pm (#
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    Your photography is excellent and makes your mouth water!

  14. Maria posted on January 27, 2014 at 6:44 pm (#
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    Do you think using veggie broth would be an ok substitute? I don’t eat meat. Thanks

    • TidyMom replied on January 28th, 2014 at 4:30 am

      sure I don’t see why not!! enjoy!

  15. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living posted on January 27, 2014 at 6:46 pm (#
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    I could cozy right up to a bowl of this Cheryl!

  16. alison @ ingredients, Inc posted on January 27, 2014 at 9:05 pm (#
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    i need this! it’s so cold

  17. Tieghan posted on January 27, 2014 at 10:35 pm (#
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    Not much beats a good homemade french onion soup. This looks so cozy and delicious. Wishing I had a bowl now!

  18. Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures posted on January 29, 2014 at 8:51 am (#
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    It’s perfect soup weather! The crunch bread and melted gruyere on top look so comforting and delicious!

  19. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen posted on January 29, 2014 at 9:31 pm (#
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    I haven’t made French Onion Soup in ages. It’s my husband’s favorite. Great idea for Valentine’s Day!

  20. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles posted on January 30, 2014 at 10:23 am (#
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    My husband’s favorite soup…yours looks wonderful!!!

  21. Trish - Mom On Timeout posted on January 30, 2014 at 6:17 pm (#
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    Now that is one beautiful bowl of soup Cheryl! It’s a family favorite so I’m definitely going to have to give this a try :) Pinned!

  22. Sara @ Bitz & Giggles posted on January 31, 2014 at 10:45 am (#
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    Cheryl, this French Onion Soup looks amazing! I’m wishing I could just reach through the screen and have a big bowl of it for lunch today. I pinned it already and shared it on one of the popular group boards I’m a part of!

  23. bridget {bake at 350} posted on February 1, 2014 at 8:58 am (#
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    This made my mouth start watering immediately. I always used to get French Onion soup at Panera, but lately, it hasn’t been tasting as good to me. I think I need your homemade version! And, your pictures are beautiful, as always!

  24. Shaina posted on February 2, 2014 at 9:53 am (#
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    I am starving. This is not helping.

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