Recipe by Lori Levin
"We have been trying French onion soup in restaurants for years and my family and friends agree none can compare to my recipe for taste and simplicity of preparation."
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4 (10.5 ounce) cans
salt and pepper to taste
Swiss cheese, diced
grated Parmesan cheese
Delicious!!!! I give this 10 stars with a few minor changes. I used less than half the amount of butter, and PLEASE be sure to caramelize the onions! Instead of sherry, I opted for a dry red wine and make sure you toast your bread before putting under the broiler with the cheese. Otherwise it is just too soggy. Thanks!
Ack! "Do not brown the onions"??? That's the best part of French Onion soup, the rich, caramelized onions! The ingredients for this soup are great, but I did cook my onions until they were a sweet and dark brown (not burnt) before adding the stock and other ingredients. Try it, you will be amazed at the richness it adds. I also like to toast the French bread a bit before it goes onto the soup, the bread is less slimy soggy if it is toasted.
I LOVE French Onion Soup!! My hubby and I use to have to go to one of our finer restaurants in town (that is not kid-friendly so we had to find a babysitter too) to get the best onion soup in town but thanks to Lori Levin, I can make it myself! I sliced about 5 large onions and cooked them for about 40 minutes over med heat, stirring them once in a while. Then I added 1 minced garlic clove in for about one minute before adding 1/2 cup white wine (a bit more than 2 tbsp!). I let it cook until almost dry then I sprinkled the onions with flour and cooked that (while constantly stirring) for about 3 minutes. Then I added 5 cans of beef broth and cooked for about 20 minutes. I used grated Gruyere and this was absolutely the best french onion soup I have ever had and I can't believe I made it myself!! Thanks Lori!!
After ordering this soup many times at restaurants, this recipe reproduces precisely what French Onion Soup is supposed to taste like. Look, French Onion Soup a challenging soup to eat: chunks of chewy cheese and soggy bread floating on top...but it's supposed to be that way. I often suggest additions or subtractions to a recipe, but here I suggest you stick with the recipe as is. I've made this recipe many times exactly as indicated and everyone loves it. Nice job. Easy to make. Tasty.
The basic recipe is very good with easy to find ingredients. I didn't like fighting with all the bland provalone cheese. So now I use Gruyere and Romano cheeses for more flavor.
The sherry is not optional - buy a good one and add it near the end of cooking.
Use a spanish white onions for more intense flavor (Vidalia if you want it subtler)
OH-MY-GOSH!! I cannot believe how simple AND delicious this soup is!! I doubled the recipe and brought this to our family Sunday fiasco and the crock pot was emptied!! They LOVED it, not to mention they think I can cook! I used 1 large vidalia onion, 1 large white onion, and about 4-5 med yellow onions (which I put on my sunglasses & stuck tissue up my nose while slicing, time to invest in a slicer as my hubby really thinks I'm a nut, hey, but it worked)! I sauteed those in the onion and oil then threw it all in the crotch pot. Oh and I used half of the full strength broth (10.75 oz Campbells), and half swanson, which is diluted. And I added the Parmesan to the soup as it brewin'. Thanks so much Lori, it IS great!
I have tried many french onion soups and this is one of the best. It was not salty, nor was it overly sweet, it was perfectly seasoned. The only thing I had trouble with was judging how much onion to use. I used two large white onions and found that to be perfect. I cooked the onions for a half hour before I added the broth, and used the sherry, which I think is necessary in making this. This recipe did not need any additional seasonings, it's perfect as printed.I did use beef stock instead of broth though. The stock I used is Kitchen Basics and it is sold in a juice box like container. Using it will make any soup much better than canned broth! This recipe is a keeper, thanks for sharing Lori!
My guy loves onion soup and he said this was a good as any he's eaten in fine restaurants. It's very simple to make. Like others my only additions were 1 beef bouillon cube and 2 tsp. of Worcestershire sauce. I did make one mistake - when it was simmering I forgot to cover it and I ended up only having enough for 3 - a lot of it evaporated - so remember to cover!!!! Thanks submitter - will be making this often.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Rich and Simple French Onion Soup
Serving Size: 1/4 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 395
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