French Onion Soup


2 lb onions, about 4 large, peeled, halved lengthwise, then thinly sliced across

1 tsp thyme

2 bay leaves 

3/4 tsp each salt, pepper and sugar

1/2 stick butter

1 Tbsp flour

3/4 cups cooking white wine (you can buy this with vinegars at the grocery)

5 cups beef broth (you can use bouillon cubes, cans or box)

sliced French bread

sliced Swiss cheese


Cook onions, thyme, bay leaves, salt, pepper and sugar in butter in a heavy pot over low heat, stirring frequently, until onions are soft and golden brown, about 45 minutes.

Add flour and cook, stirring, 1 minute. 

Raise heat to medium and stir in wine and cook, stirring, 1 minute. 

Stir in broth and water, simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes.

While soup simmers, put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F.

Arrange bread in 1 layer on a large baking sheet and toast, turning over once.

Discard bay leaves.

Ladle soup into oven-proof bowls*. Top with toasts and cheese. Broil 4 to 5 inches from heat until cheese is melted and bubbly, 1 to 2 minutes.

*(Or toast bread with cheese and add to soup in bowl if your bowls aren’t oven proof.)

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