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Delicious French Onion Soup Recipe

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by Maz Serena Rockers (subscribe)
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Published October 12th 2012
Don't know what to cook? Try this simple and yummy recipe

5 medium or 4 large brown onions
3-4 cloves of garlic
40-60 grams of butter
1.5 2L Beef stock (use chicken stock instead for a tasty twist)
1 dessert spoon of plain flour
2 bay leaves
Salt and pepper

Optional extras:

Red wine (1/2 a cup)
Bread for toasting or baking
Cheese to melt onto the bread (parmesan, gruyere, anything that you like or have handy)


1. Take the onions and slice them into rings

Tip: you should consider wetting the knife (and the onion) in order to avoid onion eyes. You will still probably be crying, but hopefully not as much.

2. Melt the butter in a saucepan that will be big enough to house your soup in.

3. After the butter has melted, place the chopped onions into the pan and lightly brown them.

4. Finely chop the garlic and add it to the lightly browning onions. Lightly browning the onions can take up to 20-30 minutes, as you should do this on low heat.

5. Add in the dessert spoon of flour and stir for one to two minutes, or until the flour bubbles and no longer sticks to the side of the pan.

6. Pour in the stock. If you decided to use wine, now is the time to add it, too. Add the bay leaves.

6. Slowly bring the soup to the boil.

7. Reduce the soup's heat once it is boiling to a low, slow boil. Simmer uncovered for 30-40 minutes or until the consistency of the soup is slightly thicker.

8. Once the soup is ready, remove the bay leaves, add salt and pepper to taste.

Bread and cheese garnish (optional, but delicious)

While the soup is simmering, you can toast or even grill some bread. Cut the bread into pieces and melt cheese onto it.

Use the cheesy bread pieces to garnish the soup and enjoy.

Disclaimer to those who object to using chicken stock on the basis of tradition - I completely understand, but this was an accidental discovery.

Upon attempting to make the soup once, I found that I had somehow accidentally purchased chicken stock instead of beef stock.

I did not have time to go back to the store as dinner had to be on the table, so I made it with chicken stock. To my delight, it tasted good and I often use chicken stock now.
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Why? To make a deliciously simple French onion soup at home
When: Preferably dinner
Where: Your kitchen!
Cost: Negligible, under $5-$10 for a whole pot of soup for the family
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Yep, the soup was delicious
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