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Onion Soup

Yield:4 to 6 servings

  • 3tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 3 to 4large red or yellow onions (about 3 pounds), peeled and thinly sliced

  • ¾teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste

  • 2quarts beef stock (8 cups)

  • 1cup dry white wine

  • 1tablespoon dry sherry

  • 1tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • ½teaspoon black pepper, plus more to taste

  • 8 to 12(½-inch) slices French bread (from 1 loaf)

  • 1½cups grated Gruyère cheese


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  1. Step 1

    Melt butter in a heavy Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onions and ½ teaspoon salt, stir and cover, letting onions soften for 5 minutes. Remove lid and let onions caramelize until golden brown over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Adjust heat if onions are browning too quickly. The caramelization process may take 45 to 60 minutes.

  2. Step 2

    Meanwhile, warm broth in a saucepan over low heat.

  3. Step 3

    Once onions are caramelized, add wine and sherry to the pot and allow mixture to come to boil. Stir in flour and let thicken for a minute or two.

  4. Step 4

    Slowly add warm broth, ¼ teaspoon salt and the pepper to the onion mixture and boil uncovered for 10 minutes. Add more salt and pepper to taste.

  5. Step 5

    Heat the broiler, and arrange individual ovenproof casseroles on a baking sheet. Ladle soup into casseroles, and cover top with bread slices. Sprinkle each casserole generously with Gruyère.

  6. Step 6

    Broil for a minute or two, watching carefully, until cheese melts and browns. Serve immediately.


  • You can prepare the soup through step 4 up to 2 months in advance. Thaw and reheat, then top with the bread and cheese and broil to serve.

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