French onion soup

Photo by Jaime D.

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

9

servings

PREP TIME

--

minutes

TOTAL TIME

--

minutes

SERVINGS

9

servings

Ingredients

  • 1/4

    cup butter, cubed

  • 1/4

    cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided

  • 6

    large sweet onions, thinly sliced (about 12 cups)

  • 1

    whole garlic bulb

  • 1/4

    cup dry red wine or beef broth

  • 6

    cups beef broth

  • 1-1/2

    teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 1

    bay leaf

  • Dash cayenne pepper

  • Pepper to taste

  • 9

    slices French bread (1 inch thick)

  • 1

    round (8 ounces) Brie cheese, rind removed and softened

  • 6

    thin slices prosciutto or deli ham, chopped

  • 2

    cups grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

In Dutch oven over medium heat, melt butter with 1/4 cup oil; add onions. Cook, without stirring, for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Cook 45 minutes longer or until onions are golden, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, remove papery outer skin from garlic (do not peel or separate cloves). Cut top off garlic bulb; brush with remaining oil. Wrap in heavy-duty foil. Bake at 425° for 30-35 minutes or until softened. Cool for 10-15 minutes. Squeeze softened garlic into a small bowl; mash and set aside. Add wine to the onion mixture; cook until reduced by half. Stir in the broth, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaf, cayenne and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes. Place bread on a baking sheet. Bake at 425° for 3-5 minutes or until golden brown, turning once. Spread each slice with Brie and mashed garlic; sprinkle with prosciutto. Discard bay leaf from soup; ladle 1 cup each into nine ovenproof bowls. Top with one slice of toast; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Place bowls on a baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.

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