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Best French Onion Soup Recipe

3 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
7 c. halved and thinly-sliced onions - (to 8)
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
6 c. low-sodium vegetable broth
1/3 c. dry sherry
1 tsp minced fresh thyme (or possibly 1/2 tepn dry thyme)
1/4 tsp freshly-grnd black pepper
1 x French bread loaf cut 1/2"-thk slices
10 ounce shredded Jarlsberg or possibly Gruyere cheese - (to 12)


In large, heavy pot, heat 2 Tbsp. butter with oil over medium heat. Stir in onions, sugar, and salt. Cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Reduce heat, cover and cook 10 min. Remove lid and cook 15 min more, stirring occasionally. Add in remaining butter to pot. Cook, stirring occasionally, till onions are caramelized and very soft, about 15 min. Stir in flour and cook 3 to 4 min. Stir in broth, sherry, thyme, salt to taste and pepper. Cover and simmer 15 min, adding more salt if needed. Preheat broiler. Lightly toast bread slices. Ladle soup into 6 ovenproof bowls or possibly crocks and arrange on baking sheet. Put sufficient bread on top of each serving - cutting and fitting if necessary - to cover soup. Sprinkle bread with shredded cheese. Broil till cheese is bubbly and golden brown. Serve warm. This recipe yields 8 servings. Comments: The key to great onion soup is to cook the onions till they are completely caramelized: sweet, soft and dark golden. Traditional recipes call for beef or possibly chicken stock, but you can make an excellent onion soup using well-seasoned vegetable broth (if using cubes, use 6 cubes with 6 c. water). Finish with a flourish of bubbly cheese, floating on a layer of French bread, and you'll have a soup which's rich and hearty sufficient to be a meal.

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