Easy French Onion Soup for One
Recipe type: Soup
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Serves: 2
Easy French Onion soup for one or two.
  • 2 large Sweet Vidalia Onions, sliced
  • 4 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbsp. Butter
  • ¼ cup Red Wine (Merlot)
  • 2 Tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 or 2 sprigs of Thyme
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 4 cups Beef Broth
  • 2 Tbsp. Flour
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste
  • Toppings: Cheese and Toast
  1. In a heavy bottomed pot, melt the butter and add the sliced onion.
  2. Add the garlic and let it soften for a few minutes.
  3. Add the wine and let it reduce until it starts to look thick.
  4. Add the vinegar, thyme, bay leaf and flour. Stir it a bit to incorporate the flour.
  5. Slowly add the broth, stirring to make sure the flour is blended in and not in lumps.
  6. Simmer for 20-30 minutes until the flavors meld and the broth is slightly thickened.
  7. Laddle the soup into oven proof bowls and top with toasted bread and cheese.
  8. Place bowls on a baking sheet and put under the oven broiler for a minute or two. Keep an eye on it. When the cheese is melted and bubbly and the edges slightly browned, take it out.
NOTE: I didn't specify the type of cheese because, as I've said, we tend to use what we have. Most recipes say Gruyere or Swiss, and they're really good when you have them. Most of the time though, I have cheddar or jack or monterrey or a combination of those. Use whatever cheese you prefer. A little parmesan added to your melting cheese is also very good. A good, crusty French bread would be ideal for this soup. But in a pinch when all you have is plain ol' loaf bread, it would also do. Just toast it nicely. The crispy, buttery edges will mimic a crust.
Recipe by Cooked From the Heart at http://www.kitchen.amoores.com/2012/01/07/easy-french-onion-soup-for-one/