Authentic French Onion Soup Courtesy of Julia Child Recipe

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  1. Place heavy bottom stock pot or dutch over over medium-low heat.
  2. Add 1 Tbs cooking oil, 2Tbs butter to pot.
  3. Add sliced onions and stir until they are evenly coated with the oil.
  4. Cover and cook for about 20 minutes until they are very tender and translucent.
  5. To brown or caramelize the onions turn heat under pot to medium or medium high heat.
  6. Add 1/2 tsp sugar and 1 tsp salt and continue to cook uncovered, stirring frequently until the onions have browned and reduced significantly.
  7. Once caramelized, reduce heat to medium-low and add 3 Tbs flour to the onions.
  8. Brown the flour for about 2-3 minutes trying not to scorch it. (If the flour does not form a thick paste, you can add a bit more butter here).
  9. Stir in about 1 cup of warm stock, scraping the bottom of the pan to get up all of the cooked-on bits.
  10. Add the rest of the stock, wine, sage, and bay leaf to the soup.
  11. Simmer for 30 minutes.
  12. To make the croutes (toasted bread), heat oven to 325 degrees F.
  13. Drizzle each side of the bread slices with a bit of olive oil and place on baking sheet.
  14. Cook the croutes for 15 minutes in oven on each side (30 minutes total).
  15. Check the soup for seasoning and add salt and pepper if needed.
  16. Remove the bay leaf (if you can find it).
  17. Transfer to a casserole dish.
  18. At this point you can add the 2-3 Tbs cognac and grate the 1/2 raw onion into the soup.
  19. Add a few ounces of the swiss cheese directly into the soup and stir.
  20. Place the toasted bread in a single layer on top of the soup.
  21. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese in a thick layer on top of the bread making sure to cover the edges of the toast to prevent burning.
  22. Drizzle with a little oil or melted butter.
  23. Place in a 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes.
  24. Turn on broiler and brown cheese well.
  25. Let cool for a few minutes.
  26. Bon Apetit!
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 658.32 Kcal (2756 kJ)
Calories from fat 379.7 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 42.19g 65%
Cholesterol 59.23mg 20%
Sodium 1203.94mg 50%
Potassium 630.12mg 13%
Total Carbs 36.61g 12%
Sugars 3.77g 15%
Dietary Fiber 3.46g 14%
Protein 26g 52%
Vitamin C 2.4mg 4%
Iron 1.7mg 9%
Calcium 560.7mg 56%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 149.04 Kcal (624 kJ)
Calories from fat 85.96 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9.55g 65%
Cholesterol 13.41mg 20%
Sodium 272.56mg 50%
Potassium 142.65mg 13%
Total Carbs 8.29g 12%
Sugars 0.85g 15%
Dietary Fiber 0.78g 14%
Protein 5.89g 52%
Vitamin C 0.5mg 4%
Iron 0.4mg 9%
Calcium 126.9mg 56%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 16
  • 17

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low cholesterol

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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