French Onion Soup

Looking for a dinner recipe? Enjoy this hearty French onion soup served with French bread – a perfect meal.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 30 min
  • Servings 4

Ingredients

4
medium onions
2
tablespoons butter or margarine
2
cans (10.5 oz each) condensed beef broth
1 1/2
cups water
1/8
teaspoon pepper
1/8
teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1
dried bay leaf
4
oz Gruyère, Swiss or mozzarella cheese
4
slices (3/4 to 1 inch thick) French bread
1/4
cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 Peel and cut the onions into slices to measure 4 cups. In a 4-quart nonstick Dutch oven, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Stir in onions to coat with butter. Cook uncovered 10 minutes, stirring every 3 to 4 minutes.
  • 2 Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook uncovered 35 to 40 minutes longer, stirring well every 5 minutes, until onions are deep golden brown (onions will shrink during cooking).
  • 3 Stir in broth, water, pepper, thyme and bay leaf. Heat to boiling over high heat. Once mixture is boiling, reduce heat just enough so mixture bubbles gently. Cover with lid; simmer 15 minutes. Meanwhile, shred the Gruyère cheese by rubbing it across the largest holes of a grater to measure 1 cup; set aside.
  • 4 You may need to move the oven rack so it is near the broiler. Set the oven control to broil. On a cookie sheet, place the bread slices. Broil with tops about 5 inches from heat 1 to 2 minutes or until golden brown. Turn bread over; broil 1 to 2 minutes longer until golden brown. Place toasted bread in 4 ovenproof bowls or individual ceramic casseroles (do not use glass, which cannot withstand heat of broiler and may break).
  • 5 Remove bay leaf from soup. Ladle soup into bowls. Top with Gruyère cheese. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Place bowls in pan with shallow sides.
  • 6 Broil soup bowls with tops about 5 inches from heat 1 to 2 minutes or just until cheese is melted and golden brown. Watch carefully so cheese does not burn. Serve with additional French bread if desired.

Expert Tips

The long, slow cooking of the onions gives this soup its rich caramelized-onion flavor and color.

Be sure to remove the bay leaf after simmering the soup. It is very dry and brittle and will not soften during cooking so it isn't edible.

Gruyère cheese is a rich, nutty, buttery-tasting form of Swiss, without the holes. It becomes smooth and creamy when melted.

Slowing cook the onions, stirring every 5 minutes to prevent burning, until deep golden brown.

Place ovenproof bowls or individual ceramic casseroles in a pan with shallow sides. Broil until cheese is melted and golden brown.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
450
(
Calories from Fat
170),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
19g
19%
(Saturated Fat
11g,
11%
Trans Fat
1g
1%
),
Cholesterol
50mg
50%;
Sodium
1390mg
1390%;
Total Carbohydrate
46g
46%
(Dietary Fiber
4g
4%
  Sugars
6g
6%
),
Protein
24g
24%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
10%;
Vitamin C
6%;
Calcium
45%;
Iron
15%;
Exchanges:
2 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 2 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.