I really, really love soup. Usually my preference leans towards spicy soups, packed with different, complex and intense flavors like a pozole or a kimchi-tofu jigae, but every now and then I crave nothing but a simple French Onion Soup with bold yet clean flavors. I realized the other day that we didn’t have a recipe for this awesome soup, so I set out to change that. :)
This French Onion Soup recipe is really simple, but I use a very high quality, all natural beef broth (if I don’t make my own), and I think that that, along with properly caramelized onions (low and slow) make all the difference in the world! This soup holds extremely well and I often make a large batch that we can slurp our way through over the course of a few days, lol. Enjoy! xx, Jenny
French Onion Soup
Makes 1 quart
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
5 cups thinly sliced yellow onion (2 large onions)
1/4 teaspoon sugar sugar
6 sprigs fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
32 ounces high quality beef broth
1 1/2 tablespoons dry sherry
6 (1/2”) slices sourdough bread, lightly toasted
3 slices gruyere cheese
3 slices Swiss cheese
salt and pepper to taste
1. Place a large pot over medium heat and melt butter and oil together. Add onions, lower heat to low and cook down and caramelize for 20 minutes.
2. Add the thyme sprigs and bay leaf and sprinkle onions with sugar, some salt and black pepper and continue to cook down for an additional 10 to 12 minutes.
3. Add broth and sherry and bring the soup to a simmer. Simmer for about 15 minutes. Adjust seasonings.
4. Discard the thyme stems and bay leaf and ladle soup into 3 oven safe bowls.
5. Top each soup with 2 slices of bread and followed by 1 slice each Swiss and gruyere.
6. Turn broiler on high. Place bowls of soup onto a baking sheet and broil for about 1 minute, or until the cheese begins to bubble and brown. Serve immediately.