2.06.2014

french onion soup | the easiest soup you'll ever make

My mom has been making the most amazing french onion soup for the past few years. On cold winter nights she would whip up a big pot of it for family dinners. Hearty and tangy, filled with asiago croutons and covered in bubbling gruyere cheese, you can't live through a MN winter without making up a pot of this soup.

So about a year ago, I finally asked my mom if she would write down her recipe for me so I could make it any time I wanted. She handed me a piece of paper that read:

"10 large onions. 1 qt. beef stock. Salt and pepper."

I immediately said, "Thanks, Mom. But what else is in it? Can I get the actual recipe?"

You can see where this is going. 
That was the actual recipe. 
And this is the easiest french onion soup you'll ever make.
Makes approximately 6-8 servings

I N G R E D I E N T S
Half stick of Butter + olive oil
10-12 large sweet yellow onions, peeled and sliced thinly
1 quart low sodium organic beef stock (our favorite is Trader Joe's brand)
High quality sea salt + fresh ground black pepper 

Sliced provolone cheese
Shredded swiss + gruyere blend (our favorite is TJ's)
Fresh made asiago croutons (or any croutons you love!)

D I R E C T I O N S

1. Cook onions thoroughly in dutch oven (or large pot) with BOTH butter and olive oil; add S+P as you cook to flavor every layer || With such a high volume of onions, to get them cooked well it takes about 20-25 minutes, so be patient...it's worth it!

2. Add 1 quart of beef stock and more S+P, stirring continuously 

3. Once hot, ladle soup into a large oven-safe bowl

4. Add large slice of provolone cheese on top of soup; add croutons on top of that and then shredded cheese on top of croutons || By placing a large thick slice of provolone under the croutons, the croutons don't get soggy while the soup is under the broiler

5. Broil on HIGH for approximately 5 minutes or until cheese has bubbled & browned

6. Top with extra freshly ground black pepper

7. Cozy up on the couch with a big spoon & a blanket. Indulge.


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