Feeding Your Family From The Farmers Market: Healthier French Onion Soup

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Healthier French Onion Soup


•        2 pounds yellow onions, sliced thin and chopped for texture

•        3 tbsp unsalted butter

•        2 tbsp flour

•        1 bay leaf

•        1/2 tsp dried thyme

•        1/8 cup dry sherry

•        1/4 cup Cognac or brandy

•        1/4 cups white wine

•        9 cups beef stock

•        kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

•        Whole wheat or whole grain bread, toasted –  to serve

•        Swiss and Gruyere cheese – garnish


1.       In a Dutch oven, or large pot, sauté the onions with the butter over medium heat, until the onions are soft and golden, about 20 minutes.

2.       Add flour, mixing well another 2-3 minutes.

3.       Add thyme, bay leaf, sherry, wine and brandy, and simmer uncovered for 10 more minutes.

4.       Add the beef stock, salt & pepper to taste, reduce heat. Cover and simmer gently for about 20 minutes.

5.       Remove bay leaf when ready to serve.

6.       Before serving, ladle 1-1/2 cups soup into each oven-proof bowl. Place bowls on a baking sheet.

7.       Place sliced toasted bread rounds into each bowl and top bread with cheese. Broil 2 to 3 minutes, until cheese melts. Serve hot. Enjoy!

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