“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand - and melting like a snowflake.”
- Francis Bacon

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Wonderful Hearty French Onion Soup




It's the New Year. It's hitting the single digits in my neck of the woods. It is so cold that the snow creaks when you walk on it sounding like similar to the leather rubbing on a saddle when you are riding.

So, with that in thought in mind I'll be sharing some of my favorite soups with you. There's just something about the chopping and stirring and bubbling and aroma of a good soup when the weather is cold. Almost like it feeds you twice. Once for your soul and once for your body.

Ingredients

2 teaspoons olive oil
4 cups thinly vertically sliced Walla Walla or other sweet onion
4 cups thinly vertically sliced red onion
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 cups beef broth
1/4 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
8 (1-ounce) slices French bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
8 (1-ounce) slices Swiss cheese

Preparation

Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onions to pan; sauté for 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in sugar, pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Reduce heat to medium; cook 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Increase heat to medium-high, and sauté for 5 minutes or until onion is golden brown. Stir in wine, and cook for 1 minute. Add broth and thyme; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 2 hours.

Preheat broiler.

Place bread in a single layer on a baking sheet; broil 2 minutes or until toasted, turning after 1 minute.

Place 8 ovenproof bowls on a jelly-roll pan. Ladle 1 cup soup into each bowl. Divide bread evenly among bowls; top each serving with 1 cheese slice. Broil 3 minutes or until cheese begins to brown.

5 comments:

Eclectic Pink Rose said...

Oh Mimi that looks and sounds delish!! Especially for a cold winter day!! Thank you, and my goodness your blog is just beautiful...again!!! Love it!
Hugs ♥ Teresa

The Lucy and Dick Show said...

A good recipe for today. It's freezing out here! I like your new 'look'!

T's Daily Treasures said...

Soup for the Soul. That is oh so true. I make soup all year long, no matter the weather. Easy and filling and I have so many recipes that I return to again and again. Wishing you a warm and wonderful day. :) Tammy

~Kristen~ said...

What warms my soul even more? Reading your lovely blog while enjoying hot soup!!! xo

Claus said...

This sounds delicious!! I love onions, and the fact that it does not have any meat (I don't eat meat) is wonderful!!
I think I'll try it. Thanks for sharing!