A Basic: French Onion Soup

I love fall, but I hate the dull days that sometimes it brings. A week ago, the day was so gloomy that, had I not been working, I would have probably spent my day on the couch watching tv and being comfortable. Well at dinner time, I did not feel any better. I wanted good comfort food. So I made French Onion Soup.

Today I will share with you my husband’s favorite: French Onion Soup

There are millions of recipes out there, but this one I learned  from my mom, and I love it because it is a bit sweet.

Ingredients for 4:

  • 3 purple onions sliced very thin
  • 4-5 cup of broth ( beef broth ( homemade or in a can)
  • 2 tbsp of  sugar
  • 1/2 cup of white wine
  • 2/3 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Stale bread, or country style bread
  • 1 cup or more of grated Emmenthal or Swiss cheese 

In a large pot, warm up the olive oil, and when the oil is warm, add the onions. Stir and stir until the onions are becoming a brownish color and are tender. It will take at least 10 minutes to get the onions caramelized.

When the onions are a nice brown color, add the sugar and cook for a few minutes on a medium-low temperature. Then add the warm broth, the wine, the fresh thyme, and the laurel leaf. Stir and bring the mixture to boil. When the soup has come to boil, lower the temperature and cook the soup for at least 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to your taste.

While the soup is cooking, cut thin pieces of bread, place them on a silpat and toast them in the oven at 400 for 5 minutes. Laddle the soup in individual bowls.

Place a toasted bread in each bowl on top of the soup. Add 1/4 cup of cheese over the bread. Place the bowl back into the oven and cook for a few minutes ( 5-7) or until the cheese is melted and is becoming crispy.

I am usually not fond of onion soup, because it is so hard on my stomach, but this soup tastes so good and so sweet that it is difficult not to be tempted. In fact i could not help but having a cup and it was un vrai delice;-) It warmed my heart and my soul. What good end  to my day;-)

Bon Appetit and happy Cooking!!!