French Onion Soup

Day two of soup week was a SUCCESS!! Whew! I was slightly concerned because I was attempting French Onion Soup! This soup is kind of needy; it needs your constant attention within the first 30 to 40 minutes of its soup life. However, if you do it right, the final two hours are smooth sailing. I personally love French Onion Soup, but it has not been a life long obsession; I credit my love for this tasty concoction to my boyfriend Nick, who is a huge fan! I tried it very early on in our relationship when he ordered it. If you have never tried it, make it yourself and treat yourself to this sweet tasty piece of soup heaven.

 

Servings: 8 cups; Serving Size: 1 cup


Here are the ingredients you will need:

  • 3 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 LARGE sweet onion, thinly sliced 
    • you want the onion to yield 4 cups... if you need 2 onions, then get two
  • 1 LARGE red onion, thinly sliced 
    • same as above - you need 4 cups
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 8 cups beef broth
  • 8 (1 ounce) slices French bread, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 8 slices Swiss Cheese [I doubled it, because I wanted more cheese!!]
Directions:
  • Heat olive oil in a large stock pot over medium - high heat
  • Add the onions to the pan, saute for 5 minutes or until translucent and tender
  • Stir in sugar, pepper, and salt
  • Reduce heat to medium, cook 20 minutes, stirring frequently
  • Increase the heat to medium - high, and saute for 5 minutes or until the onion is golden brown
  • Stir in wine and cook for 1 minute
  • Add broth and bring to a boil
  • Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 2 hours
  • When the 2 hours have elapsed, preheat the broiler [high]
  • Place bread in a single layer on a slightly greased baking sheet; broil 2 minutes or until toasted, turning after 1 minute
  • Place 4 oven proof crocks in a jelly-roll pan [just a pan that has a slightly deeper bottom]
  • Ladle 1 cup [or 2] soup into each crocks
  • Divide bread evenly among crocks; top each crock with a slice or two of of cheese
  • Broil 3 to 5 minutes or until the cheese begins to brown
This recipe is supposed to yield 8 servings. If you can eat only one cup, one ounce of cubed bread and one slice of cheese, the soup is not so bad in the healthy category. If you're interested in the nutritional value, it's noted below. If you end up eating two servings, just double it and make sure to kick up your activity level! Like I mentioned above, this soup is one of my favorites. The only problem I have with it - anywhere I find it - is the cheese clumping into one large ball in my dish. I am not sure how to fix it; and, while I love cheese I cannot eat one large clumped ball of it in my soup. If I find a solution, I'll post it! Other than that small problem with any French Onion Soup, this was such a terrific dinner and had wonderful flavor! 
Until Next Time,
Happy Soup-Making! :)
Nutritional Value
[for 1 cup soup, 1 ounce cubed bread, and 1 slice of cheese]
Calories: 290
Fat: 9.6 g
Protein: 16.8 g
Carbohydrate: 33.4 g
Fiber 3.1 g
Sodium: 359 mg