French Onion Soup Recipe
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- 1½ pounds yellow onions, minced
- 10 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 2½ quarts chicken broth
- 1½ teaspoons salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 2 sprigs fresh thyme or 2 teaspoons dried
- 2 sprigs fresh parsley or 1 tablespoon dried
- 2 dried bay leaves
- ½ pound French bread
- 9 ounces Gruyere cheese, grated
- In a large pot, sauté the onions in the butter over medium heat until brown, but not burned.
- Sprinkle with flour and stir a few times to form a roux.
- Gradually add 2½ quarts of chicken broth, then the salt, pepper, and herbs.
- Cook over low heat for 40 minutes.
- Meanwhile, cut the bread into ½-inch slices and lightly dry them in a 250 degree oven.
- When the soup is done, discard the sprigs and bay leaves.
- Place the bread in 4 to 6 individual ovenproof soup bowls or 1 large soup tureen.
- Ladle the stock over the bread and cover with cheese.
- Place the bowl(s) in a 450 degree oven and cook a few minutes until the cheese is melted and a golden color.