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Classic French Onion Soup with White Wine and Fresh Herbs

This classic French onion soup recipe is extra special because it is served in sourdough bread bowls. You do not have to use these bowls, of course, but you might like to, especially if you want to impress your dinner guests. Traditional French onion soup is already impressive but using bread bowls gives this soup an added bonus in terms of presentation. Serve the bread bowls inside normal bowls, in case they leak!

This recipe for onion soup features dry white wine to give it an elegant flavor but you could use dry sherry if you prefer. The combination of white and red onions, as well as garlic, shallot and leeks, gives this onion soup plenty of complexity and depth. If you want to make an easy onion soup recipe, which looks, elegant and sophisticated, why not try making this delicious onion soup with wine recipe? It is not difficult at all and it is guaranteed to astonish your dinner guests.

The Gruyere is an optional touch but it adds a classic French onion soup flavor. Gruyere is Swiss actually but it’s the typical cheese used in French onion soup recipes.

Creamy Onion Soup with Leeks and Garlic
Summary: This wonderfully fragrant French onion soup is served in sourdough bread bowls for added elegance. This makes a great lunch or special supper, and is not hard to prepare.
Cuisine: French
Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 4
Prep time: 
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  • ½ cup butter
  • 4 round sourdough loaves, about 8 oz each
  • 6 minced cloves garlic
  • 1 chopped big shallot
  • 2 cups chopped white onions
  • 7 cups chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 ¼ cups dry white wine
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 ½ teaspoons each minced fresh thyme and rosemary
  • 3 cups chopped red onion
  • 2 chopped leeks
  • 8 oz grated Gruyere cheese
  • Salt and black pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cut half an inch off the top of each loaf and scoop out the bread.
  3. Leave about half an inch of the shell.
  4. Melt half the butter and use it to grease the inside of the sourdough bowls.
  5. Put the bread bowls and their lids on the oven rack, greased sides up, and bake for 20 minutes or until crisp.
  6. Take them out of the oven.
  7. Melt the remaining butter in a big pot over a moderate to high heat and add the onions, leeks, shallot, and garlic.
  8. Cook for 25 minutes, stirring often.
  9. Add the flour and stir the soup for a minute, then add the wine slowly.
  10. Boil the soup until it is thick, scraping up any stuck-on burnt bits, for about 5 minutes.
  11. Stir in the stock and fresh herbs and bring the mixture to a boil again.
  12. Turn the heat down to low and let the soup simmer for half an hour.
  13. Stir the cream into the soup and simmer for 15 minutes.
  14. Season with salt and pepper, and then divide the soup between the sourdough bowls.
  15. Preheat the broiler.
  16. Sprinkle the cheese over the top and broil until it melts.

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As you can see from the picture, this is no ordinary onion soup recipe. Containing red onions, white onions, garlic, leeks, and a shallot, this classic onion soup recipe is the perfect appetizer if you are having a dinner party. The creamy Gruyere cheese finishes the soup off perfectly and the combination of fresh herbs and white wine in the soup give it a luxurious flavor. You do not have to serve this onion soup recipe in a sourdough bread bowl but, if you do, the soup will be a great conversation piece.


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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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