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French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

The Culture Trip website offers us two possible origins of this French classic, which both happen to relate to French king Louis XV (yes, the guy who married Marie Antoinette). Whichever version you believe, this is a classic you will likely find grazing the tables of more traditional French brasseries in Paris. So bring a taste of Paris to your home dining experience. Bon appétit!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine French
Servings 4 people


  • 2 oz Butter
  • 2 tbsp Thyme Leaves
  • 2 lbs Brown Onions thinly sliced
  • 3 tbsp Dry Sherry
  • 40.6 oz Water or Beef or Chicken Stock fresh, cube or concentrate
  • 1 Baguette sliced
  • 1 Garlic Clove halved
  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil extra virgin
  • 10 oz Swiss Cheese grated


  • Heat the butter with 2 tbsp olive oil in a large pan and gently cook the onion and thyme until the onion is softened but not too browned – about 20 minutes.
  • Increase the heat slightly and cook for 15 minutes, until the onion becomes dark golden, sticky and caramelized, stirring now and again to stop it from catching.
  • Add the sherry and simmer for 2-3 minutes, then add the stock and bring to a boil.
  • Season.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, toast the bread, rub each slice with garlic, then drizzle with a little oil.
  • Sprinkle with the cheese and grill until golden and bubbling.
  • Serve the soup with the cheese croutons on top.
Keyword French Recipes, Onions, Soups
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