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Baked French Onion Beef Broth Soup with White Wine

Red wine is traditionally used with hearty beef based sauces and it is a common ingredient in French onion soup. However, in the following beef broth soup recipe, dry white wine is called for instead. Wine adds a depth of flavor, no matter whether you use red or white, and the white wine blends well into the beefy flavor of the dish.

The croutons in this onion soup recipe are baked on both sides and then added to the serving bowls before the soup. The portions of cheese in this French onion soup recipe are very generous and you should cover the whole top of the soup with Gruyere, to get a lovely, thick cheese crust on top of the soup.

You can broil French onion soup cheese instead of baking it but, since the oven is on to make the toast, you can use it for finishing off the French onion soup. The following recipe is an easy French onion soup, which is great as a filling lunch or as a delicious, warming supper. Any season or occasion is the right time to present piping hot bowls of French onion soup. You do not need to wait until it is cold outside or have a specific number of dinner guests. Nobody will be able to resist this bowlful of flavor, especially if you use this white wine enriched recipe, because the taste is all there. Expect clean bowls and happy eaters.

Traditional Beef Broth French Onion Soup
Summary: French onion soup is infused with white wine to add a smooth flavor to the broth and give it a really delicious taste. This recipe is easy and fun to make.
Cuisine: French
Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 8
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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 lbs yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups dry white wine
  • 8 cups beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 baguette
  • 1 lb Gruyere cheese, shredded
  1. Heat half the butter with the oil in a big, heavy pot over a medium low heat.
  2. Add the onions, then cover the pot and cook them for about 20 minutes, until they are translucent and soft. Stir them now and then. Turn the heat up to medium high, uncover the pot, and add the sugar and a little salt.
  3. Sauté, stirring frequently, until the onions are deep brown and very soft.
  4. Turn the heat down to medium, add the flour, and cook for a couple of minutes, stirring all the time. Add 2 cups of beef broth and stir, then add the rest of the beef broth and the white wine. Check the seasoning and simmer the French onion soup for 30 minute.
  5. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and slice the bread into 8 slices.
  6. Use the remaining butter to butter both sides of the bread and toast it in the oven until it is golden brown on both sides.
  7. Put a slice of toast in each soup bowl and pour the French onion soup over the top.
  8. Spread plenty of Gruyere on top, then set the bowls in baking pans and bake them in the oven until the cheese is golden brown.

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White wine makes an appearance in this soup recipe and, as suggested in the photo, you can also serve a glass of wine to accompany the soup. Choose something medium to full-bodied because it will cling well to the thickness and meatiness of the broth. The acidity and waxiness of Pinot Gris makes it perfect, both for using in the soup and for serving with it. As long as your onions are well caramelized, a Gewürztraminer or Viognier can really bring out their beautiful sweetness. This recipe is relatively simple yet the resulting soup tastes so sophisticated.


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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hello there, I'm Christine. Welcome to my blog where you will find a comprehensive collection of soup recipes for every season, occasion and palate. There are hundreds of soup recipes for you to try out, those which warm you up during the cooler months, and even chilled soups and dessert soups if you want to try something new.

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