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traditional onion soup

traditional onion soup

This is a great recipe for a cold winter day, when you want something to warm you up. This one-pot soup is perfect as a single serving or easy enough to increase for (holiday) entertaining. The soup can be made ahead of time, and simply warmed up and topped with the melty bread just before serving. It’s pure comfort in a bowl.

1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 large onion, thinly sliced
Pinch of sugar
Salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
2 tablespoons white wine
2 cups low-sodium beef stock
1 1/2-inch thick slice country-style bread
2 ounces gruyère (or swiss) cheese, or to taste

1. In a medium pot over medium heat, melt butter. Add onions and a pinch of sugar (this helps them caramelize) and sauté until onions are softened and lightly browned, stirringly occasionally, about 20-25 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add thyme and stir for another 1-2 minutes.
2. Deglaze pan with wine, scraping up browned bits from bottom of pot and cook for another 1-2 minutes until wine evaporates. Add stock. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for another 20-30 minutes.
3. Preheat broiler. Toast bread under broiler until lightly golden brown.
4. Place a 16-ounce soufflé dish on a baking sheet and ladle in soup. Top with toasted bread slice, followed by desired amount of gruyère (or swiss) cheese. Season with additional salt and pepper. Broil until cheese is bubbly and melted and serve warm.

Serves 1.


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