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A bowl of warmth to chase away winter's chill

Posted on 2006.01.15 at 15:27

“Good soup is one of the prime ingredients of good living. For soup can do more to lift the spirits and stimulate the appetite than any other one dish.” ~ Louis P. De Gouy

One thing I love is soup. All kinds. Thick and hearty, rich and creamy, or even just a rich flavorful broth.  I love it because it's so adaptable.  Soup can be made from a proven recipe, or from the contents of your freezer. 

The weather has been so cool, damp and rainy lately that I've made several new soups.  There's nothing like the tantalizing aroma of hot steaming soup when you walk through the door from the cool night air.

Here is a new favorite:

French Onion Soup

I made this soup two nights ago (after looking at multiple recipes and making my own from their combined wisdom), expecting small children to turn up their noses at their most notorious of  hated foods... ONIONS!  What I got were children asking for THIRD helpings!  The bread and cheese are *not* optional ingredients. 

  • 1 Extra Large Walla Walla Sweet Onion, sliced and separated into rings (mine was the equivalent of about 3 medium onions)
  • 1 Medium Yellow Onion, sliced into rings.
  • 3 Tbsp Butter
  • 4 cans Beef Broth (I haven't graduated to making my own stock, plus... who has time?)
  • 1-2 Tbsp. Worchestershire Sauce (to taste... I think I used 2 Tbsp)
  • 1 loaf of French bread sliced
  • 1 lb. Sliced Mozzarella cheese, (authentic recipes call for Swiss, or Parmesan) enough to cover each slice of bread. 

Sautee Onions with butter until soft.  Add beef broth and Worchestershire sauce and simmer 20 minutes or until flavors are blended.   Ladle hot soup into oven safe bowls, and place a slice of bread, topped with a generous slice of cheese, and place in oven, on broil, until cheese is bubbly. (Or simply place the bread and cheese on a cookie sheet and transfer to bowls when cheese is bubbly.)

Serve immediately.  Serves 6 


rainnede at 2006-01-16 12:37 (UTC) (Link)
Mmmmm...I LOVE French onion soup. I have never looked into what it would take to make some at home, and I had no idea it would be that simple. I think I just might have to make some!
a_shynie_chef at 2006-01-16 21:10 (UTC) (Link)

Isn't it easy?

French Onion Soup is one of those things I've always loved, and I thought would be difficult to make. I was very surprised to find out how simple it is! I love simple. :)

I like complex too, but only when I've got lots of time to prepare!
sydonie at 2006-01-16 21:07 (UTC) (Link)
This looks awesome - definitely gonna try it!!
rainnede at 2006-01-17 02:35 (UTC) (Link)
Ok, so we did this for dinner, with a few modifications.

We didn't have mozzarella, swiss, OR parmesan, we had cheddar. So I sliced up some cheddar VERY thinly.

Joe didn't like the idea of bread in his soup, all mushy, so we went without the bread, and just laid the thinly sliced chedder on the surface of the hot soup. It got soft and melty just on the heat of the soup alone.

I had some beef in the fridge that we bought on Saturday, that I needed to use tonight. I decided that since the broth was beef, some chunks of beef would go well, so I seared that in a pan with some spices, and added it to the soup when I added the broth and worcestershire.

It came out very yummy! I was surprised at how well the cheddar worked...
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