Monday, April 4, 2016

French Onion Soup


 I got this French Onion Soup recipe from my sister in law Dolly.  It's a soup for onion lovers that is easy to make and will satisfy even the heartiest appetites. 
You can make the soup ahead of time and then toast the baguette pieces and put the bowls together with cheese to broil when the family is ready to come to the table. 

  • 4 large / jumbo yellow onions
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons beef bouillon  ( I use Better Than Bouillon Beef Base)
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire  sauce
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 baguette, sliced into 1 inch slices
  • 8 slices mozzarella cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F
  2. Slice onions into half  and then into slices.
  3. Melt butter in a large roasting pan in the oven.  Add sliced onions and cover.  Bake for about one hour.  Stir once or twice in between to help them roast evenly and also to see when they begin to brown.  Dark roasting pans will brown the onions  quicker than light roasting pans.  When the onions have begun to caramelize, transfer to a large pot.
  4. Finish browning the onions over medium heat and then add the bouillon, worcestershire sauce, and water.  
  5. Simmer for 30 minutes.
  6. Toast baguette slices on a cookie sheet  under the broiler, flipping once to lightly toast both sides. 
  7. Ladle soup into oven safe bowls, top with enough slices of bread to cover a good part of the soup surface.  Top with cheese slices to cover the bread.  
  8. Broil on low until the cheese has melted and has begun to brown.
  9. Remind your family that the bowls are hot.  I find it helpful to serve the bowls on folded dishcloths so the bowl can be safely handled. 
Serves 4 for main dishes 





16 comments:

  1. Sounds easy and delicious! Do you stir the onions any when they are in the oven?

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    1. Yes, stir them once or twice in between. I'll add that to the method. Thank you.

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  2. Oh yum - this looks like a perfect hearty soup for a snowy day like we are having today!!! My farmer loves French Onion Soup.

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    1. Snow?? Oh, my, that makes for a long winter. Here in Georgia it was low 70s on a glorious spring day. (Sorry, I know this has nothing to do with onion soup!) Then again, French onion soup is good any time.

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    2. Rosella, I can hardly believe you are still having snow. I'm sorry!

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  3. I love French onion soup (when its good!) and this one is sure to be good. I have another of Dolly's recipes - my go-to for ribs.
    I wish my family liked onion soup - I'll have to make it sometime when its just lonely-me home.

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  4. Add fresh thyme and a cup of red wine.....so, so good!!!! Sharon Andres

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    1. That does sound really good. I'll try it next time Sharon! Thank you.

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  5. Yum !! I find the best way to serve a hot bowl of soup is to get a bowl slightly larger than your soup bowl, put a piece of paper towel in the bottom and then place the soup bowl in it. The outside bowl doesn't get hot and the paper towel keeps the soup bowl from sliding around.

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  6. I absolutely love French onion soup! Thank you so much for sharing.

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  7. Is Dolly's rib recipe that Julie mentioned on the site, too?

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    1. I don't see them. Julie will have to put them on.

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    2. I will look forward to it! God bless you Mennonite Girls today!

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  8. I made this for supper on Sunday night - because no one has a big appetite on Sunday evening. It was so yummy! I only had sweet onions on hand. I made the whole thing in one big cast Le Creuset covered pot. I did not bother with the roasting pan, just had them bake right in the pot from the beginning. I added some salt and course pepper. Now I'm going to try freezing the leftover soup. Yup, its going in the soup file! Thanks.

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  9. The best recipe for french onion soup ever! Quick and easy. Everyone loves it!

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