Simple French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

I had some onions I wanted to use up and thought I’d make some onion soup. I normally use beef consommé but this time I used mostly beef broth with just two cans of beef consommé. It’s all part of my well stocked kitchen experiment so I had to use what I already had! 

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Prep Time – 15 min; Cook Time – 1 1/2 – 2 hours

Ingredients:

4 sweet onions, sliced

4 T. salted butter

1 T. fresh thyme

1 tsp. EACH salt and pepper

1 T. sugar

64 oz. beef broth

2 10 oz. cans beef consommé

3/4 cup port wine

4 slices baguette (lightly toasted)

4 slices Swiss cheese

Preparing Simple French Onion Soup:

Sauté onions in butter and thyme for about 10 minutes. Sprinkle sugar over onions and mix well.

French Onion Soup

Add salt and pepper. Add beef broth and beef consommé. Stir well. Cover and let simmer for 1 1/2 hours. Add port wine. 

Preheat oven to 400 Degrees. Spoon soup into serving bowl. Add baguette and top with one slice of cheese. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven CAREFULLY and enjoy!!

French Onion Soup

Important Tips:

Don’t rush the onions. Let them cook and take their time!

but sugar is cheating….low, slow, caramelization – Melissa

I wasn’t going for caramelized, just wanted to sweeten them a bit. – Denise

Variations:

Gruyere cheese is traditional but Swiss is what I had on hand.  

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