What can be more comforting and warming than a cup of hot French onion soup to spend your nights in winters? Nothing. French onion soup is delicious, offers a soothing effect, and reduces coolness during winters.
Give it a try. You will enjoy the experience, and indeed, this delicious food will become a part of your daily routine. Are you wondering how I can make this soup from the comfort of my home? Worry no more. We are here to help you.
Here is a complete recipe for preparing delicious and yummy French onion soup from the comfort of your kitchen. So, stay tuned to us and follow the instructions given below.
- Yellow Onions (5-6, peeled, thinly sliced)
- Butter (3 tbsp)
- Garlic cloves (4, minced)
- Flour (3 tbsp)
- Dry White Wine (½ cup)
- Beef Stock or veggie stock (6 cups)
- Worcestershire sauce (1 tsp)
- Bay Leaf (1)
- Fresh thyme (3 sprigs)
- Salt and Black Pepper (As per taste)
- Grated or sliced cheese
Why are these Ingredients Needed to Make French Onion Soup?
Following is a list of ingredients needed to make delicious French onion soup for yourself and your loved ones.
You can either use white, red, or yellow onions to make French onion soup. I recommend you to go for 5-6 yellow onions. Make sure onions are thinly sliced.
You will need butter to caramelize the onions. You can use vegan butter if you are avoiding dairy.
The flour helps to thicken the soup. You can either use, all-purpose or gluten-free flour blend. However, if you are not comfortable using flour, omit it but remember you won’t get a thinner soup broth.
- White Wine
White wine functions to deglaze the pan. You might need to add this if the onions start to burn a bit on the pan’s bottom while caramelizing. White wine would function to lift those browned bits.
- Beef Stock
Beef stock sets the base for French onion soup. Contrarily, you can stuff in veggies to make your soup vegetarian.
- Bread and Cheese
Bread and cheese are needed for the cheesy toasts on top. You can use any bread and with that sliced or shredded cheese.
Worcestershire sauce, Black pepper, Fresh Thyme, Salt, Garlic, and Bay Leaf
You will need these things for seasoning. If fresh thyme is not available, feel free to use dried thyme.
What is Caramelizing? Why is there a need to caramelize onions?
Caramelizing is a chemical process that takes place when the sugar in onions reach a specific temperature. It takes a long cooking time for the onions to caramelize. The more the onions caramelize, the deeper the onions’ color and the more flavor you will get from them.
Step 1: Caramelize the Onions
Take a large heavy-bottomed stockpot and melt butter in it over medium heat. Add onions and sauté well for about 30 minutes until they get caramelized. (Keep on stirring after every 3-5 minutes till caramelization to make sure onions don’t burn).
Add garlic and sauté for about 2-3 minutes. Stir in the flour and cook for about one more minute. Add wine to deglaze the pan. Use a wooden spoon to scrape the browned bits on the bottom of the pan.
Step 2: Simmer the Soup
Now add the stock, bay leaf, fresh thyme, and Worcestershire and continue stirring until combined. Continue cooking until the soup starts simmering. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Now, cover the stockpot and simmer for about 10-12 minutes. Discard the sprigs of thyme and bay leaf.
Taste the soup—season with black pepper and salt as per your requirements.
Step 3: Toast the Bread
Preheat the oven up to 400-degree F. When the soup is simmering, slice the baguette into 1-inch thick pieces. Place them on a baking sheet making a single. Bake for about 5-7 minutes, until the bread is toasted and golden around the edges. Remove and put aside.
Step 4: Broil the Topping
To broil the topping, switch the oven to broiler. Once the soup gets ready to be served, place your oven-safe bowls on a thick baking sheet. Bailout the soup in each bowl and top with baguette slice & cheese and place on the oven rack about 6 inches from the heat and broil for 2-3 minutes. When the cheese gets melted, remove from the oven and serve immediately.
We hope this recipe eased the process of making French onion soup for you. Don’t forget to highlight your experience. The comments section is open for you.