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french onion soup topped with bread and melted cheese

Bistro French Onion Soup


  • Author: Tara Smithson
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x

Description

This Bistro French Onion Soup my copycat version of my favorite Panera French Onion Soup. It is filled with rich flavor and is topped with french bread smothered in bubbly cheese. It is heaven in a bowl!


Ingredients

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  • 3 large yellow, sweet onions (peeled, halved, and sliced into 1/4 inch slices)
  • 3 large red onions (peeled, halved, and sliced into 1/4 inch slices)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup red wine (I used Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • 2 containers (32 ounce each) beef stock
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 loaf of french bread cut into 1/2 inch slices
  • 4 to 6 ounces gruyere cheese (sliced thinly)

Instructions

  • Begin by peeling and slicing the onions into about 1/4 inch slices. Mince the garlic and set aside.
  • Into a dutch oven on medium low heat, add in the butter and 2 tablespoons olive oil and allow it to heat up.
  • Add in the onions. Cover for 15 minutes, stirring half way through. Uncover, and increase heat to medium. Add in salt and remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and stir well. Cover and cook for another 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Turn heat to medium high, for 5 minutes and stir frequently. Add in flour, thyme, bay leaf, and garlic. Stir and add in wine. Stir. 
  • Add in the beef stock. Bring to a low boil, then reduce heat to low and cook for 30 to 40 minutes.
  • Slice up the french bread into thin slices and toast in the oven at 350 for 8 minutes. Once the soup has cooked, ladle into an oven safe bowl and top with two slices of bread, and cover with a few gruyere cheese slices. 
  • Turn the oven to broil and place the bowls onto a cookie sheet. Broil for 3 to 4 minutes on high. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving. Be careful not to burn yourself. These get really hot! Enjoy!! 
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 80 minutes
  • Category: soup
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: french

Keywords: french onion soup