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French Soupe à l’oignon – GW Recipe Box

Cooking newbies rejoice, this dish is as simple to make as it is delicious! Soupe à l’oignon (aka French Onion Soup) is nearly as old as time and has been enjoyed in French homes for just as long. While there are several variations, here’s one that is sure to knock your socks off!

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 90 minutes
Servings: 4 to 6 friends


4 large white onions
2 ounces of salted butter
3 pints of stock
1/2 cup of grape juice concentrate
2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar
10 slices of French bread
6 ounces of grated Gruyere cheese (or any hard cheese of your preference)
1 garlic clove
Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Slice onions very thinly
  2. In a large stainless steel or cast iron saucepan, melt butter over medium-high heat until foaming
  3. Add sliced onions, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 8 minutes
  4. Lower heat to medium-low and cook, stirring frequently, until onions are very sweet and a rich golden-brown color, about an hour
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste
  6. Add grape juice and apple cider vinegar and bring to a simmer, scraping up any browned bits
  7. Raise heat to medium-high, add stock (optional: add thyme and a bay leaf), and bring to a simmer
  8. Lower heat and let simmer for 20 minutes
  9. Salt and pepper to taste
  10. Place French bread under broiler until golden and crispy
  11. (Optional, but recommended) Butter toast and rub with garlic clove until fragrant
  12. Add a small amount of soup into the bottoms of 4 ovenproof serving bowls, top each with one piece of toast
  13. Sprinkle grated cheese on the toast
  14. Add more soup and onions on top, nearly filling bowls
  15. Place remaining toast in bowls, pushing to nearly submerge them
  16. Top with remaining grated cheese and set bowls on a rimmed baking sheet
  17. Broil until cheese is melted and browned in spots

Serve immediately, bon appétit! 

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