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    French Onion Soup

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    1 hr

    10 mins

    50 mins

    Deantini's Note:

    A classic French recipe, easy to make. The recipe calls for 'a croutes' which is roasted vienna bread. Instead of Vienna bread you could use other crusty bread. If you like a more garlicy soup you could rub the bread with garlic prior to roasting. You could also use croutons although this might alter the flavour of the recipe.

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    • 1 1/2 lbs onions, very thinly sliced
    • 3 shallots, finely diced
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 1 tablespoon cognac
    • 1/2 cup red wine
    • 3 cups beef stock
    • salt and pepper
    • 4 1/2 slices vienna bread, roasted in oven until dry
    • 1 cup gruyere cheese, for garnish


    1. 1
      Melt the butter in a soup pot and sauté the onions until very soft, at least 20 minutes.
    2. 2
      Add the Cognac and the wine and cook for one minute.
    3. 3
      Add the stock. Simmer, covered, 45 minutes.
    4. 4
      Check the seasonings.
    5. 5
      Ladle into oven-proof soup bowls and set on a baking sheet. Top each with a croûte (roasted Vienna bread).
    6. 6
      Sprinkle the top generously with cheese. Broil in oven until the top is lightly brown, about 2 minutes.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on July 24, 2012


      The flavors of this were spot on! I subsituted brandy for congac since that's what i had. I did find that a lot of the broth boiled away so i had to keep adding water but perhaps I just prefer soupy vs. stewy. Regardless, this made a completely rich and satisfying meal!

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    • on February 10, 2011


      So delicious! I always make a simple French Onion Soup and can never pinpoint what I am missing. I really think the wine made this dish. I didn't have cognac or shallots and instead of beef broth I used a simulated "beef" broth (vegetarian). Came out excellent! As nice as it would be to have Gruyère cheese it is way too expensive here, so I used Havarti instead.

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    • on November 19, 2010


      This is a wonderful soup to say the least! My children and I couldn't get enough of it! I did add about 1 tsp. sugar while sauteing the onions and shallots. I loved the addition of the wine. This is my go to recipe from now on and we will have it often this winter too!

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    Nutritional Facts for French Onion Soup

    Serving Size: 1 (553 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 604.0
    Calories from Fat 154
    Total Fat 17.1 g
    Saturated Fat 9.5 g
    Cholesterol 44.9 mg
    Sodium 1397.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 82.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 5.5 g
    Sugars 10.3 g
    Protein 25.6 g

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