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French onion soup in two bowls with onions

French onion soup

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
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  • Easy
  • Serves 4

Our French onion soup is deliciously rich and easy to make at home. This savoury soup is perfect for using up a garden glut and great for dinner parties

  • Freezable (soup only)
Nutrition: per serving
NutrientUnit
kcal618
fat27g
saturates14g
carbs59g
sugars17g
fibre9g
protein26g
salt2.6g
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Ingredients

  • 50g butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1kg onions, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 250ml dry white wine
  • 1.3l hot strongly-flavoured beef stock
  • 4-8 slices baguette (depending on size)
  • 140g gruyère, finely grated

Method

  • STEP 1

    Melt the butter with the olive oil in a large heavy-based pan. Add the onions and fry with the lid on for 10 mins until soft.

  • STEP 2

    Sprinkle in the sugar and cook for 20 mins more, stirring frequently, until caramelised. The onions should be really golden, full of flavour and soft when pinched between your fingers. Take care towards the end to ensure that they don’t burn.

  • STEP 3

    Add the garlic cloves for the final few minutes of the onions’ cooking time, then sprinkle in the plain flour and stir well.

  • STEP 4

    Increase the heat and keep stirring as you gradually add the wine, followed by the beef stock. Cover and simmer for 15-20 mins.

  • STEP 5

    To serve, turn on the grill, and toast the bread. Ladle the soup into heatproof bowls.

  • STEP 6

    Put a slice or two of toast on top of the bowls of soup, and pile on the gruyère. Grill until melted. Alternatively, you can cook the toasts under the grill, then add them to the soup to serve.

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Recipe from Good Food magazine, April 2013

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