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Bistro Onion Soup

Topped with French bread and gruyere cheese, this classic onion soup will soon become a family favorite. Be sure to make extra because they're bound to ask for seconds.

Gooseberry Patch DECEMBER 2007

  • Yield: 6 cups


  • 4 large onions (about 2 pounds), sliced
  • 1/4 cup butter or margerine, melted
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 5 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 4 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 4 beef bouillon cubes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 (1/2") diagonally sliced French bread slices, toasted
  • 8 slices Gruyere cheese


Sauté onions in butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat 15 minutes or until golden, stirring often. Stir in flour; cook one minute. Add water and next 8 ingredients. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, partially covered 30 minutes. Discard bay leaves.

Ladle soup into 4 individual oven-proof soup bowls. Place on a baking sheet. Add 2 bread slices to each bowl and cover with 2 slices cheese. Broil 5 1/2 inches from heat 2 minutes or until cheese is bubbly. Serve immediately.


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