You don’t have to be from Paris to appreciate the sweet, caramelized onions, the wine-infused broth and the smooth melted cheese on top. But for a moment, you might feel you are there. Here’s a bit of trivia: Julia Child’s last meal was French Onion Soup.
The Cooking With Friends Kitchen
¾ stick unsalted butter
8 large yellow onions, sliced thinly
½ cup sugar
Kosher salt to taste
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
10 cups beef stock or broth
¼ cup Madeira or red wine
8 slices of French bread, lightly toasted
2 cups Gruyere cheese, grated
In a large soup pot, melt the butter and sautee the onions until soft.
Add the sugar and mix with the onions, cooking for about 10 minutes more. Add the salt, pepper, and half of the stock, cooking for about 15 minutes. Pour in the remaining stock and the wine and simmer for another 40 minutes.
Before serving, preheat the broiler. Place a slice of French bread in the bottom of each individual ovenproof bowl. Add the soup, sprinkle cheese on top and bake until the cheese has melted.