As we move into the cooler months of fall, there comes a craving for certain dishes of comfort. A classic french onion soup has become a go-to for an easy weekend dinner instantly bringing warmth and nostalgia. Here is a classic, no-fail french onion soup recipe your family and you are sure to love on a cool fall evening. Light a candle, put on some Sinatra, and give it a try!
- 3 large vidalia onions, halved and sliced
- 1 small red onion
- 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 4-6 sprigs of fresh thyme
- 4 sprigs of fresh flat leaf parsley
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tsp. worcestershire sauce
- 1 tbsp. good balsamic vinegar
- 1 qt. good beef broth
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 1 cup grated gruyere cheese
- 4 slices of sourdough french bread
- 3 tbsp. butter
Paleo or dairy free? No problem! Substitute out the butter for ghee and the gruyere cheese for some non-dairy alternatives like this provolone!
In a heavy bottom pot, sauté the butter and the onions over medium/low heat. Lightly season with salt and pepper and sauté until the onions caramelize, about 40 minutes or so. Patience is a virtue… this is where your flavor develops from. 🙂
Meanwhile, create a bouquet garnis with a square of cheese cloth and some twine. Place your herbs (thyme, parsley, and bay leaf) in the center and wrap the twine around the corners so the herbs are in a pouch.
Once the onions are nice and golden, caramelized—add in the worcestershire, balsamic, and garlic and stir to combine. Add the white wine and allow it to simmer for 5 minutes allowing the wine to combine and reduce.
Once your onions are caramelized and the wine has simmered, add in your herb bouquet and the beef stock. Bring it to a boil and lower to simmer for about 1 hour, or more if you have time.
Heat your oven to 425°F. Spoon the soup into individual crocks or bowls. Top each with a toasted piece of sourdough and a heap full of shredded gruyere cheese. Finish with a drizzle of olive oil and salt and pepper.
Bake for about 10 minutes finishing with the broiler for a few to get the cheese bubbly and gooey. Allow to cool for a few minutes before eating and serve with a lovely glass of white or red wine. Buon appetito!
4 thoughts on “Comforting French Onion Soup”
Reblogged this on Cheryl Moreo and commented:
French Onion Soup is something that I crave. I usually get mine at Panera’s, but, this recipe sounds really delicious.
Thank you Cheryl! I also love Panera’s French Onion soup! This recipe is very similar and not to mention, makes the house smell amazing. Let me know if you try it how you like it. 🙂
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