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The Best French Onion Soup

Julia Child's French onion soup, of course. There was a (relatively) cool breeze coming through the windows this morning and I couldn't get soup off the brain. So I embraced it. I've made at least ten versions of French onion soup in the past, but I still go back to Julia's. The key really is the slow caramelization of the onions. Right now the house smells divine and my husband is grinning ear-to-ear. Julia Child's French Onion Soup From Mastering the Art of French Cooking 1 1/2 lbs or about 5 cups of thinly sliced yellow onions 3 Tbs butter 1 Tbs oil 1 tsp salt 1/4 tsp sugar 3 Tbs flour 2 quarts brown/beef stock (boiling) 1/2 cup dry white wine or dry white vermouth 3 Tbs Cognac Rounds of hard-toasted french bread 1-2 cups grated swiss or parmesan cheese salt and pepper to taste Cook the onions slowly with the butter and the oil in a covered saucepan for 15 minutes. Uncover, raise the heat to moderate, and stir in the salt and sugar. Cook for 30 - 40 minutes stirring frequently, until the onions have turned an even, deep, golden brown. Sprinkle in the flour and stir for 3 minutes. Off heat, blend in the boiling liquid. Add the wine, and season to taste. Simmer partially covered for 20 to 40 minutes or more, skimming occasionally. Correct the seasoning. Just before serving, stir in the Cognac. Pour into soup tureen or soup cups over the rounds of bread. Pass the cheese separately. Note: I use smoked provolone and placed the bowls under a broiler for a few minutes to brown.

25 comments

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Liesl

Lovely! I adore onion soup, especially at a french restaurant, and think I must have some again soon…we have been parted for far too long! :)

Liesl :)

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Lynda

This looks delicious! I love french onion soup and will have to try your recipe! Thanks for sharing.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Simply Mel {Reverie}

I've never attempted to make French onion soup, but you have just convinced me.

When pregnant with Gaia, we would visit the Paris lew puces flea market every Saturday for the incredible French onion soup served at the brasserie {I know you will remember the name}. They serve it in the gorgeous cast iron pots, and I always loved how the vendors would pick their lunch up on beautiful trays and carry to their 'stalls'.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by the girl named Bleah

aaaaaah. That looks fantastic.
nom nom nom. wanna overnight me a bowl? Yeah… didn't think so.

xx,
Bleah

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by susan

You have set off a serious craving in me! You never see French onion soup in the UK. It was much more easily found on a menu in Canada. Must make some. Thanks for the recipe.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Ta

That looks delicious. French Onion was a favorite soup of my Grandmother's. In my 'old age' i really appreciate the flavor…but as a child i was not crazy about the soggy bread

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by alissa

a little bit of cognac should make all the difference! julia child's recipes are pretty faultless :)

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by CitricSugar

I have that book and have shamefully cooked less from it than I intended…

Thanks for the nudge!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by olivia

wow! sounds delicious.. I LOVE french onion soup! i must must try this, I have been meaning to get one of her recipe books!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Poet Whale

I remember Julia Child on her show making French onion soup. She made the beef broth, as I recall, with ox tails. By far, it's my favorite Julia Show.

Thank you for posting the recipe

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