French Onion Soup -For the Love of Emmental-


I’ve been enjoying my favourite “Aurora golden gala” apples from local farmers’ markets, and am excited about the luscious conference pears that are soon on their way… We are indeed entering the deepest part of autumn. Love the fogginess, the smell of cold air, and even the rain, which gives me a perfect reason to make this soup. There’s something romantic about sipping a bowl of French onion soup in front of the fireplace during a wet and cold season. My passion for locally made Emmental completes this love affair. Stay warm, everyone!

French Onion Soup

Serves 4

3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 medium onions, thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
A few sprigs of thyme
A sprig of flat parsley, finely chopped
1 bay leaf
1 cup red wine
2 teaspoons to 1 tablespoon flour
2 L (8 cups) beef stock
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 slices baguette (½ inch rounds)
2 cups or more Emmental, grated

Melt the butter and add olive oil to a large heavy bottomed pot over medium high heat.

Sauté the onion and garlic until caramelized, constantly stirring, which takes about 30 minutes. Scrape the thyme leaves from the stems and add to the onion mixture along with the parsley and the bay leaf. Continue to sauté.

Add the red wine and continuously stir until almost all the liquid disappears. Add the flour and stir to combine: this will thicken the soup.

Add the broth, bring to a boil and turn the heat down to low. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove the lid and adjust with salt and pepper. Keep it simmering, uncovered, for another 10 minutes or until ready to serve.

Toast the baguette slices until golden. Serve the soup in individual ovenproof bowls and place a slice of baguette on the surface of the soup in each bowl. Top with plenty of Emmental and broil until golden brown. Serve hot.


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10. October 2013 by Emi Uchida
Categories: Recipe, Soup | Tags: , , , | 6 comments

Comments (6)

  1. French Onion Soup is one of my favorites this time of year and I just made a big pot of beef stock with it in mind. Wishing you a warm and cozy autumn!

  2. Luv French Onion Soup, though I’ve never made it myself. I can taste it through your edible image. This would be lovely for the chilly days ahead! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  3. Emi, why have I not made french onion soup before? I do love the stuff and now that I can’t eat gluten, I can’t eat it as a restaurant. You’re gorgeous recipe is inspiring me to do it myself;)
    Hope you are having a good fall so far.

  4. I always wanted to try out the french onion soup recipe. I didn’t know it’s so easy to make! Yes, it takes time but it is not complicate at all. I’m definitely inspired by this recipe!

  5. I have to try your recipe over this or next season. it looks divine and so comforting that I just want to reach and grab a spoon. Really delicious recipe!

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