French Onion Soup

  • Yield: servings

"This soup is out of this world. It goes with everything from chicken and chops to meatloaf. It's very hearty."


1/4cup butter
2large yellow onions, thinly sliced (about 4 cups)
1medium red onion, thinly sliced
2tablespoons sugar
1/2cup red wine
2cloves garlic, minced
2 (14 1/2-ounce) cans beef broth
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1/4teaspoon salt
1/2teaspoon pepper
4slices toasted French bread, about 1/2-inch thick
4ounces Gruyere cheese, shredded


  1. In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Cook the yellow and red onions, sugar, red wine, and garlic until the onions are just softened, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat to low, and cook this mixture for 20 to 25 minutes, until the onions are golden and the wine is absorbed. Add the broth, scallions, salt, and pepper, and heat through for 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven broiler. Ladle the soup into four ovenproof bowls. Place a piece of French bread on each soup serving. Top the bread with the cheese. Broil for about 5 minutes, until the cheese is light brown and bubbly. Serve immediately.

–Alice S. Charity, Frederick, Md.