Perfect Onion Soup

Perfect onion soup
Perfect onion soup

One thing those crazy French people know is cooking. They take a simple ingredient and turn it into something wonderful. If you understand and appreciate the sophistication of French kitchen you’ll find new flavors from everyday ingredients – such as onions. This soup is a perfect example how you can make a tasty meal for the whole family from ingredients that cost less than 10 euros. Since it costs next to nothing, why not make a double portion for the next day as well?

Ingredients for French Onion Soup for 4 Servings

  • 8 onions – cebollas
  • 1 tablespoon of all-purpose flour – harina de trigo
  • 4 tablespoons (about 50 g, 2 oz.) of butter – mantequilla
  • 1,2 litres (5 cups) of beef stock – caldo de cerne
  • 5 sprigs of fresh thyme – ramitas de tomillo
  • Sea salt – sal de mar
  • Ground black pepper – pimienta negra
  • 4 pieces of bread (can be a bit old, too) – pan
  • 2 cloves of garlic – dientes de ajo
  • a splash of olive oil
  • grated cheese with strong flavor, such as gruyère – queso fuerte

Peel the onions and cut them in thin rings. Melt the butter in a sauce pan and add the onion rings. Let them soften on low heat for about half an hour. Stir every now and then. Don’t let them burn.

After that add the flour and stir some more. Add the beef stock and thyme leaves (leave some for the breads). Let the soup simmer for about 45 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Heat the oven to 250 ºC (500 ºF). Pour some olive oil on the breads and add a pinch of garlic and thyme on top. Finish with generous amount of grated cheese. Put the breads in the oven for few minutes until the cheese has melted and it begins to brown. Put the bread on top of the soup on a soup plate.

¡Buen provecho!

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