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Quick Facts

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cook Time: 1 hr. 30 min.
Total: 1 hr. 40 min.
Kris Mullen
Caramelize some onions, add some beef broth, butter, herbs, and cheese—and voilà, you'll have the best bowl of French onion soup you've ever eaten!


  • 1/4 cup salted butter
  • 4-6 yellow onions, finely sliced
  • 1/4 tsp flour
  • 1/2 cup sherry
  • 5 cups beef broth
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3 sprigs fresh parsley
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 slices of a crusty French baguette
  • 1 cup Gruyère cheese, shredded


  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • In a large Dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat.
  • Add onions to the pot and sprinkle with flour. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. If the onions are cooking too quickly, reduce heat.
  • When the onions are tender and golden in color, deglaze the pan with sherry.
  • Pour beef broth into the pot and bring to a boil over medium heat. Add herbs, salt and pepper to taste.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray. Butter slices of French bread and bake in the oven for 5 to 10 minutes until very dry. Set aside.
  • Remove herb stalks and bay leaf.
  • Ladle soup portions into four oven-safe ramekins. Top with crusty French bread and sprinkle with cheese. Place ramekins on a cookie sheet and bake uncovered at 400°F for 5 to 10 minutes until cheese is bubbling. Broil for 1 minute more to brown the top.
  • Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 430
  Calories from Fat 206 (48%)
(37%)Total Fat 24g
(70%)Saturated Fat 14g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
(22%)Cholesterol 67mg
(56%)Sodium 1349mg
(12%)Potassium 432mg
Total Carbohydrate 30g
(11%)Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 5g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(34%)Protein 17g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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