Olivia’s French Onion Soup

Apparently we are not quite done with winter. Like most, I am ready to embrace the warmer temperatures but when the grip of winter just won’t let go, the ONLY thing I look forward to is curling up on my couch with a hot bowl of soup.

Here’s a recipe that will bring you back to your happy place…FrenchOnion


  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 4 cups assorted  white, yellow, red onions, shallots,  sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Balsamic vinegar
  •  2 quarts beef broth
  • 1/2 pound grated Gruyere, Parmesan, or cheese of your choice.
  • Olivia’s Butter & Garlic Croutons


Melt the stick of butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, herbs, salt and pepper.  Cook until the onions are very soft and caramelized, about 25 minutes. Add the wine, Worcestershire and Balsamic vinegar, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until the liquid has evaporated and the onions are thick. Remove the bay leaves. Turn the heat down to medium low and add the beef broth, bring the soup back to a simmer, and cook for 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper if desired.

When you’re ready to eat, preheat the broiler. Ladle the soup into ovenproof bowls.  Arrange 5 or 6 croutons on top of the soup and cover with a handful of cheese.  Place bowls on a sheet pan on middle rack of the oven and broil until cheese is brown and bubbling about 5 minutes.

Remove from oven and let cool slightly before eating.


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