French Onion Soup…


I don’t know about you, but I love French onion soup…  And I always thought it was something hard to make!  Guess what?  It’s not!!!

You need just a few ingredients…  Onions…  some beef broth, a dash of Worcestershire sauce and some butter and cheap red wine!  That’s about it.  Oh, and some spices to flavor…  a bit of salt and perhaps a little garlic or herb mix.



First thing…  chop up a couple big onions.  I used a sweet variety, but really, just about any will do.   I cut up 4 large ones.  And then you add a stick of butter and sauté the onions until they are nice and soft, slightly caramelized.  The trick is not to rush it all.


Then, add a cup of red wine.  I thought this was rather fun because of the rooster on the label and the fact that it was $6.  It really doesn’t have to be fancy wine at all.

Then add a dash of Worchestershire sauce…  I put in a couple good shakes of the bottle…  and add in two boxes of beef broth.  One box is 32 ounces, so I guess that means add in 64 ounces!    I added in a little bit of water as well, just to cover up the onions nicely.

And then, you simmer for a good long time.  The longer the better, really.  Not hot at all.  In fact some people like to throw it all into a crock pot for 5 or 6 hours!

When I read about how this was actually a peasant food…  made easily with some beef bone broth, leftover wine and cheap onions…  simmered for a long time and then eaten with older, stale bread and a bit of cheese, it made sense!  It was just delicious!   I simmered my pot on the stove for about 2 hours.

Dressed it up with a few croutons and some shaved Parmesan cheese!    You can use other types of cheese as well…  I think Swiss would be delightful.

Just a nice easy homestead warming soup!  And it smells divine!!!!   IMG_4175

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