The Best Version of the Classic Onion Soup

It's always comforting when it's cold!

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The Best Version of the Classic Onion Soup

Classic French onion soup is one of the most delicious soups in the world! In the heart of winter, it is the ultimate comforting dish, whether as an appetizer or as a full dinner.

Here's how to prepare the most flavorful onion soup, easily.


4 tablespoons (60 ml) unsalted butter

2 tablespoons (30 ml) olive oil

6 large yellow onions, peeled, halved, and thinly sliced (about 2 1/2 pounds / 1.25 kg)

1 tablespoon (15 ml) minced garlic (or 4 minced garlic cloves)

1/4 cup (65 ml) all-purpose flour

1/2 cup (125 ml) dry white wine or red wine

2 sprigs fresh thyme, roughly chopped

6 cups (1 1/2 liters) beef broth or bouillon

1 teaspoon (5 ml) beef bouillon powder

2 whole bay leaves (dried or fresh)

Salt and pepper to taste

1 batch of garlic cheese bread

The Best Version of the Classic Onion Soup


1. In a large pot over medium-low heat, heat olive oil and melt butter.

2. Add the onions and mix well to coat them with oil and butter.

3. Cover and cook for 20 minutes, stirring every five minutes, until the onions have softened.

4. Increase the heat to medium-high and add 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Stir and continue cooking for another 15 minutes, or until the onions are golden, tender, and caramelized. (The bottom of the pot will also brown during the cooking process. That's where all the flavor is).

5. Stir in the garlic and cook for one minute, add the flour and cook for about 4 minutes to lightly brown.

6. Add the wine to deglaze the pan and scrape off the golden bits stuck to the bottom of the pan.

7. Add the thyme and simmer the wine for 2 minutes until it reduces by half.

8. Add the beef broth, bouillon, and bay leaf; bring to a boil.

9. Reduce heat to low and let simmer gently, partially covered with a lid, for 30 to 40 minutes.

10. While the soup simmers, prepare 1 loaf of garlic cheese bread or individual garlic bread portions.

11. To serve, taste and season with additional salt and pepper to taste.

12. Pour into bowls and top with 1 or 2 slices of grilled cheese bread.

Enjoy your meal!

Source: Cafe Delites