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easy french onion soup

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The weather has been chilly and I have been home sick for the past few days. So this means I’ll need to drink fluids, take meds, and eat yummy soup! 🙂 I’m sick but that doesn’t mean I still can’t whip up a pot of homemade soup! I love French Onion soup.. my favorites have been at Vie de France and Doughboys Café & Bakery. Hot soup with onions, bread & melted cheese.. mmmmm!

There are a lot of recipes out there for French Onion soup– some include sherry, wine, bay leaves, flour & lengthy cooking times. I’m sick and able to cook but that doesn’t mean I want to wait a long time or have to leave the house for more ingredients. I found this really easy & simple recipe. One addition: I added a few sprigs of thyme while cooking the onions. Warm, hearty & cheesy. I feel better already after having my first bowl and knowing there is more to heat up later 🙂

Recipe for French Onion Soup courtesy of:
http://southernfood.about.com/od/vidaliaonions/r/bl30220n.htm

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons butter
4 cups thinly sliced onions, about 4 to 5 medium onions
4 cans condensed beef broth (10 1/2 ounces each)
4 slices French bread, 1 inch thick
4 tablespoons shredded Gruyere cheese
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:
In a large skillet over medium low heat, melt butter.
Sautee onion until golden in color, about 8 minutes.
In a medium saucepan, combine beef broth and sautéed onion; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, toast French bread on both sides under broiler; sprinkle each slice evenly with cheeses; broil just until cheese is bubbly.
Pour French onion soup into 4 individual soup bowls; float a slice of toasted French bread, cheese side up, on each bowl of French onion soup. French onion soup serves 4.

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