French Onion Soup

by Kris on January 23, 2012

I used to have a Costco membership. Out of all people,  I’m the last person who needed a card to this store. Although I often cook like I’m feeding an army, there are really only two of us. I also have a minor problem when it comes to grocery shopping… I want to stock up on everything! I’m like a food hoarder or an extreme couponer without the coupons!

I’m one of those people at a buffet who has loaded about ten pounds of food on one plate because I want to try it all! This is a particularly expensive problem when I go out for frozen yogurt. Greg finds it amusing to watch me grab the smallest container and pile my froyo a foot high with multiple flavours and toppings, only for the lady to weigh it at the end. Regardless, I do it every time.

So when it comes to me and Costco, things don’t end much differently. I would drive the 45 minutes north with the sole purpose of buying butter, milk, and cheese. I would leave the store with a lifetime supply of chicken burgers, granola bars, and French onion soup.

Eventually it was more cost effective to say goodbye to the super size store than to continue with these bulk splurges. I do, however, really miss the French onion soup. It’s been almost a year since I enjoyed it’s rich broth and caramelized cheese.

Since I already made my own beef broth, making my own was quite easy. I caramelized some onions and before I knew it I had a bowl of the best French onion soup I have ever eaten! Now that I’ve had it homemade, I don’t think I could ever go back to the frozen Costco variety. Although the individual frozen servings were convenient. Enjoy!

French Onion Soup

  • ¼ cup salted butter
  • 4-6 yellow onions, finely sliced
  • ¼ Tsp. flour
  • ½ cup sherry
  • 5 cups beef broth
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3 sprigs fresh parsley
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 slices of a crusty French baguette
  • 1 cup gruyere cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 400

In a large Dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat.

Add onions to the pot and sprinkle with flour. Reduce heat to medium low and cook for 45 minutes stirring occasionally. If the onions are cooking too quickly, reduce heat.

When the onions are tender and golden in colour, de-glaze the pan with sherry.

Pour beef broth into the pot and bring to a boil over medium heat. Add herbs, salt and pepper to taste.

Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray. Butter slices of French bread and bake in the oven for 5-10 minutes until very dry. Set aside.

Remove herb stalks and bay leaf.

Ladle soup portions into four oven safe ramekins. Top with crusty French bread and sprinkle with cheese. Place ramekins on a cookie sheet and bake uncovered at 400 for 5-10 minutes until cheese is bubbling. Broil for one minute more to brown the top.

Serve warm.

Serves 4

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sweetsimplestuff January 23, 2012 at 12:10 pm

You make it sound so easy … for some reason I have never tried making French Onion Soup … I’m book marking your recipe.

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munchinwithmunchkin February 1, 2012 at 12:14 pm

It is surprisingly easy! Enjoy :)

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Lil' Suburban Homestead January 23, 2012 at 1:39 pm

This looks so good.

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munchinwithmunchkin February 1, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Thanks!

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Dor January 23, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Oh, this is a good one! I do love onion soup and this sounds easy enough for (even) me to do it. Thanks for sharing. P.S. I have the same Costco hoarding problem.

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munchinwithmunchkin February 1, 2012 at 12:15 pm

We should start a Costco hoarding support group. :P

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Maribel March 21, 2012 at 8:07 pm

I’m in on that group!

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Shannon January 23, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Looks delicious! I’ve never made french onion soup but love it, need to try this! I think I need those Le Creuset blue ramekins first though:)

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munchinwithmunchkin February 1, 2012 at 12:15 pm

They definitely make things a tad prettier!

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Spectra January 24, 2012 at 5:45 am

The Gruyere cheese will make all the difference on this one. It is fantastic in french onion soup, and quiche :D This looks like a solid recipe. Plus I want to eat the photo. Again.

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munchinwithmunchkin February 1, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Thanks! Gruyere is so yummy. I can never get enough.

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samanthalduggan January 25, 2012 at 7:51 am

Made this last night and it was amazing and so easy! I have a yeast allergy, so I swapped out the flour for brown rice flour, cut the sherry in half and added a tbs of vanilla extract. I also used “earth balance” instead of butter.

And, instead of French bread I made some Chebe (http://www.chebe.com/Products/Dry-Mixes/Chebe-Original-Cheese-Bread-Mix.aspx).

I will definitely be making this recipe again and again!

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munchinwithmunchkin February 1, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Thanks for sharing! Great substitutions for those with gluten allergies. I never thought of using vanilla extract in it. Good idea

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Rising Phoenix January 25, 2012 at 8:04 am

Reblogged this on Rising Phoenix and commented:
My favorite soup ever! Mmmm! It makes my tummy warm just reading this.

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munchinwithmunchkin February 1, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Thank you!

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Hannah January 25, 2012 at 7:37 pm

I only clicked on this because I felt a ping of identificational guilt when you described the Costco hoarding problem. I am the exact same way and it drives my poor husband nuts. Glad to know I’m not alone–although all our grocery shopping is ingredient-only, and I make most of our food. So this is win-win for me, because I’ve been slowly warming up to the idea of making french onion soup from scratch (you’re talking to a gal who’s never even had french onion soup…ever).

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munchinwithmunchkin February 1, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Thankfully you have the willpower to only hoard ingredients! My freezer was full of those damn chicken burgers for months. You have to give French Onion Soup a try! It’s so easy and delicious.

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Giovanna M R Lima March 14, 2012 at 9:25 pm

My husband just made it tonight – it’s easy and super delicious! Thanks for that ;)

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Kris March 19, 2012 at 9:51 am

Oh great! So glad you enjoyed it.

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