I know I know, it's spring and I should be abandoning soups at this point, but I had to get this soup made! I've been dying to make this the whole winter and never got around to it. It definitely is spring here in Philly but still a little chilly to sip on some yummy soup! Plus, I could really eat this soup all year round because it's so delicious and my favorite! This is my first time making it from scratch because I usually order it at restaurants. I have several versions of French onion soup to try but decided on Pioneer Woman's version today with a few modifications.
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
4 large or 6 small/medium yellow onions, halved root to tip and sliced thin
1 generous cup dry white wine
4 cups low sodium chicken broth
4 cups beef broth
2 cloves minced garlic
Several thick slices french bread or baguette
5 to 7 ounces Gruyere cheese, grated (Swiss, Asiago, Mozzarella, or Romano works, too)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Melt butter in a heavy soup pot or Dutch oven over medium-low heat. Add onions and cook, covered, for 20 minutes.
Place soup pot (I used my Dutch oven) into the oven with the lid slightly ajar to ensure the onions will brown.
Allow onions to cook in the oven for 1 hour, stirring at least once during the cooking process so onions won’t stick and burn. Keep it in longer if onions are not brown yet.
Remove pot from pan and place over medium heat. Stir pan, scraping all the brown, flavorful bits.
Turn off heat and pour in wine. Turn heat back to medium.
Cook wine for five minutes, allowing it to reduce.
Add broths and minced garlic and reduce heat to low.
Simmer for 30 to 45 minutes.
Butter one side of the bread slices and bake at 400 for 10 minutes, allowing bread to brown and become crispy.
When soup is ready, ladle into bowl, one that is oven safe. Place crispy bread on top, then sprinkle generously with grated cheese. Broil until cheese is melted and bubbly.
The edges got a little burnt under the broiler! The bowls are from Crate and Barrel in case you are looking for some! They are oven safe!