French Onion Soup

This authentic version of the Parisian favorite, The French Onion Soup will impress you with it's intense flavor, color and satisfaction.  It's the perfect idea for a nice, cold winter's day. 
Course Soup
Cuisine French
Keyword Soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings 5 people


  • 1 TBS butter
  • 8 lbs onions about 10+
  • 3/4 lb cheese gruyere, shredded
  • 10 slices baguette bread toasted in oven
  • 2-4 TBS salt
  • water to cover the last 30 min.
  • 2 TBS cooking sherry
  • 1-2 splashes balsamic vinegar


  • peel the onions, slice in halve, then slice down their lines, thus making all the cuts the same size and relative thickness
  • add your TBS of butter to the large stock pot
  • then add your onions, and salt, and cook on high, then reduce and cover with a lid, simmer on low for about 4 hours.  The onions will caramelize, and exude a lot of sweetness via sweating.  It's fundamental to the rich results of this soup!
  • while the soup cooks, and about 1/2 hour before the soup is finished, cut the bread and lay on a baking sheet.  Broil in oven until toasted. 
  • shred your cheese
  • assemble the bowls and serve the soup with a deep ladle.  Then, layer your bread, and finish with the cheese on top.
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  • put in the oven, on broil until cheese melts and is toasted.