French Onion Soup

February 22nd, 2012
It’s about -1000 degrees outside and I really don’t have much in my pantry or in my refrigerator. There’s no way that I’m going out to the market. What I have, however is an abundance of onions, cheese and red wine. My husband exclaimed “we’ll have to order-out unless we eat french onion soup!”. It stirred something in me, challenging me to take on this mission that started out as a joke.
Now, there is something I must confess – I don’t normally enjoy eating soup (queue the gasps). The problem lies with the fact that my mother makes the BEST soup in the world, but I don’t remember her ever making a french onion soup.
I must warn you, the sweating of onions will probably make you swear that you will never make this soup again, but you will find yourself craving it a few days later and making it again and again. If you have onion goggles, this is the time to use them.
This recipe is so yummy, easy and inexpensive to make that there is no way you will ever order any french-onion soup in a restaurant again.

French Onion Soup


  • 2 tbsp. of butter
  • 1 large white onion
  • 1 ½ large spanish onions
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 1 tsp of chopped garlic
  • 3 ⅔ cups of water
  • 3 heaping teaspoons of dried chicken broth
  • 1 tsp. of beef chicken broth
  • ¼ cup of red wine
  • Bay leaf
  • 1 sprig of fresh thyme
  • 1 tbsp. of parsley
  • a few slices of french bread or baguette
  • cheese (whichever you want to use, honestly)
  • fresh ground pepper


1. While the butter is melting in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Slice the onions finely and add to the saucepan, stir frequently until wilted.

2. Add pinch of sugar and stir frequently until the onions are completely caramelized (13-15 minutes).

3. Add garlic, water, broth and wine to the onions, bay leaf, thyme and parsley in soup and stir. Lower heat to medium-low and let simmer for 30 minutes.

4. Discard sprig and bay leaf and serve with crouton and cheese.

5. Since I don’t have any oven-safe bowls, I put my bread topped with shredded cheese and fresh ground pepper on a baking sheet and broil for a few minutes. I drop my piece of cheesy bread on top of the soup and serve with a side of salad.

Adapted from: Annie’s Eats

One Response to French Onion Soup

  1. momsy says:

    looks yummy!

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