french onion soup

French Onion Soup Recipe

Onion soups have been popular at least as far back as Roman times. Throughout history, they were seen as food for poor people, as onions were plentiful and easy to grow. The modern version of this soup originates in France in the 18th century. This French Onion Soup recipe is easy to make and it needs only few ingredients. The soup is traditionally served with cheese and toast or French baguette. French onion soup is usually served as a starter but it’s great for lunch too.

French Onion Soup Recipe
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Serves: 4
  • 6 Onions
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoons thyme
  • 4 cups (1 litre) vegetable or beef broth
  • 4 pieces of toast
  • 1 cup grated Emmental cheese
  1. Peel the onions and cut to thin slices
  2. Melt the butter with the oil in a large pan on medium heat
  3. Add the onions and sauté for 5 minutes or until tender
  4. Add sugar, salt and pepper
  5. Cook 20 minutes, stirring frequently
  6. Add the broth and thyme, bring to a boil
  7. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes on low heat
  8. Pour the soup in to oven safe bowls
  9. Toast the bread
  10. Put the toast slices on top of the soup and cover with grated cheese
  11. Bake in 475 F (250 C) for 10 minutes or until the cheese is browned and bubbling
Nutrition Information
Calories: 372 kcal per serving
Onion soup photo credit: JeffreyW. (CC-license)

french onion soup recipe