Prep 30 mins
Cook 2 hrs
Better than restaurant onion soup. Make the entire quantity and place in freezer in heavy duty freezer bags. When vidalias are in season, I double and triple the recipe to have the soup on hand.
- 1⁄2 cup unsalted butter
- 5 lbs vidalia onions, thinly sliced (OR substitute spanish or hawaiian onions. DO NOT USE RED SALAD ONIONS.)
- 7 teaspoons better than bouillon beef base or 7 cans beef broth
- 3 teaspoons better than bouillon chicken bouillon granules or 3 cans chicken broth
- Worcestershire sauce
- 2 cups dry white wine
- French bread, slices toasted (see below)
- olive oil
- parmesan cheese
- cheese slice (mozzarella, swiss, or gruyere)
- Make stock by bringing 10 cups water to boil.
- Add beef and chicken bouillon pastes (or heat canned beef and chicken broth).
- Lower heat to simmer and let simmer while preparing onions.
- Melt butter slowly (so it does not brown) in large soup pot over low heat.
- Add thinly sliced onions.
- Stir, cover, and cook on low heat until lightly brown, stirring occasionally, about 30 mins.
- Add wine, bring to boil, scraping up browed bits.
- Cook about 5 mins.
- stirring occasionally.
- Add about 5 good shakes of worcestershire sauce.
- Add stock to onions.
- Bring to boil, turn heat down to simmer and simmer uncovered about 1 1/2 hrs.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- BREAD SLICES- BRUSH OLIVE OIL ON SLICES.
- SPRINKLE WITH PARMESAN AND PLACE IN OVEN ON COOKIE SHEET AT 375f UNTIL LIGHTLY BROWN.
- Ladle soup into ovenproof bowls.
- Float bread on top of soup.
- Top with 2 or 3 cheese slices.
- Place in oven or microwave until cheese melts.
This was delicious! It does take FOREVER to caramelize five pounds of onions, but it was worth the wait. I used the better than bullion stuff but I didn't heat it separately and then add it to the onions because I didn't want to dirty another big pot. I just added to bullion to the onions when they were ready and poured in 10 cups of boiling water. The soup was really rich and I can't imagine it would have tasted any better if I had cooked the stock separately.
Awesome Recipe!!!! I loved it and so did my kids!
I will have to make this again, only and let it cook longer. I didn't want my onions to be mush, and I was soooo hungry so I only cooked it 20 minutes after adding the wine and worceshershire sauce. I didn't like the flavor of the W sauce. I will try again and try to be more patient.