Mel and Mal's French Onion Soup

  • 450g of thinly sliced onions
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1.5 tsp of sugar
  • 550ml of vegetable stock
  • 300ml of dry white wine
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

A truly delicious starter or supper treat! And very quick and easy to make!

I prefer this served with slices of french bread, topped in melted Cheddar cheese but garlic croutons are equally as good!

Serves : 4        Prep/Cooking Time : 20 mins

Tip : If you are a garlic lover, you can add a clove of crushed garlic in with the cooking of the onions to add that extra flavour burst.


The Soup

Heat the olive oil is a large saucepan and then add the onions (and the crushed garlic if you are using it)

Sprinkle in the sugar but do not stir at this stage. On a low heat, cook the onions for 14 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the onions have a golden caramelised colour.

Add the stock, wine and salt and pepper and stir to combine, bring to the boil, then turn the heat down to a gentle simmer for around 15 minutes.

The Topping

In the meantime, cut 12 slices of French bread, each one approx 1/2" thick

When the soup is done and you have served it into individual oven-proof soup bowls, place 2 of the slices on top of the soup, liberally sprinkle on the Cheddar cheese and place under a pre-heated grill on its highest setting. When the cheese is turning brown and bubbling away, remove from the grill, pop a sprig of flat parsley on the top to add colour and serve immediately.

Slice up the remaining French bread and serve with the soup.

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