A true classic French soup, this is packed with onion flavour and is
delicious for those occasions when soul food is needed to raise the
Serve French Onion soup with bread and a salad
and it makes a meal all of its own!
The recipe also describes how to make the easy cheese
topped bead, essential for a soup like this.
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FRENCH ONION SOUP This is a great way of making use of the onions from your garden.
You'll already have most of the other ingredients in your kitchen
cupboard so no need to buy lots of ingredients.
Don't be fooled by the fact that this is a French Onion
Soup recipe! It's almost a main meal when combined with the bread and
TIME 15 minutes preparation time
45 minutes cooking time
The ingredients in the French Onion soup recipe below will make enough
for four good portions. As far as the French Bread is concerned, you can
substitute it with normal white or brown bread that has been toasted. We
used garlic bread which went down just lovely!
The exact proportions of some ingredients are a matter of taste. Some
people really like the flavour of Worcestershire sauce and I know my son
would double or even triple the amount I use. Have a taste of the soup
when it's nearly cooked and add a bit more of what excites your taste
1 tablespoon per topping
Gruyere or mozzarella cheese to top the bread. Most cheeses will do
¼ teaspoon pepper
Salt to taste (not much needed) to taste
1 Medium-sized frying pan
1 Large-sized pan
Notes for the Cook!
Just one note - chopping up 4 onions is a very 'crying' experience! I've
no magic recipe to stop the tears, but the result is well worth it.
Apparently chewing gum whilst chopping the onions does make some
difference but I'm not guaranteeing it!
For me personally, I avoid the problem altogether and chop them up using
a food processor - guaranteed no tears!
Start by peeling the four onions and chopping it
into small bits.
This is the most laborious part of this recipe - it takes 10
minutes or so to chop up four onions and the tears will flow!
Put the onions into a frying pan, add the butter,
margarine or olive oil and turn up to a medium heat. If, after 15
minutes or so, the onions aren't beginning to turn to a golden
brown, turn the heat up slightly.
Don't cover with a lid.
Turn the onions every minute or so to ensure they are evenly
cooked. Aim to cook the onions until they are a medium brown
Transfer the onions from the frying pan to a large
pan and add all the ingredients except the cheese and bread.
Cook the soup on a medium heat for about 30 minutes. The aim is
to get the onions so they are soft but not falling apart.
While the soup is cooking, put the soup bowls in the
oven to get them warm.
Cut up the French bread into slices and put them under the
grill to very lightly toast them (a bit less toasted than shown in
When lightly toasted, spread some cheese over each slice of
Just before the soup is ready to be served, put the cheese topped
bread under the grill and cook until the cheese starts to bubble.
The bread is then meant to be put on the top of the soup and
served. However, we weren't too keen on this so in the picture
below the bread is served on a separate plate.
This looks like a snack-sized meal but in fact it's
With enough toast and a crisp green side salad, it's a meal all
on its own.