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Old Fashioned French Onion Soup with Homemade Croutons

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Old Fashioned French Onion Soup with Homemade Croutons

Soups are wonderful this time of year. I love a big bowl when it’s freezing outside, the heartier the better. There is nothing very hearty about French Onion Soup… that is until you add the Homemade Croutons full of flavor and texture and … mmm… goodness.

I have two out of five teenagers that will eat any type of French Onion Soup. I have three out of five teenagers that will eat french onion soup if it has croutons and cheese in it. The other two are just picky and that’s just them. One (the oldest girl) would live on pizza and Ramen if I let her, and the other one is the youngest and still developing a taste for lots of foods. I forgive her. She’s getting better. She’ll try this each time I make it, and each time she eats a bit more of it than the last, so I have faith. The other three will devour it.

I got this recipe out of one of those cookbooks from the 70’s that was put together by a school or junior league or something. I don’t have the cookbook anymore, but I still have the index card I wrote it all down on. I don’t need that to make it because the recipe is just that easy. This is one of the best onion soup recipes I’ve ever had.

Do let me know what you think!

Old Fashioned French Onion Soup with Homemade Croutons

Old Fashioned French Onion Soup with Homemade Croutons

Yield: 4 -6 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

A wonderfully hot piping bowl of onion soup filled to the brim with fresh, homemade croutons and gooey melted cheesy goodness.

Ingredients

To Make the Croutons:

  • 3-4 cups of thick bread, we use both “Texas toast bread and French Baguette
  • 2 teaspoons of garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • 3-4 Tablespoons of butter, melted (we’ve used extra virgin olive oil a time or two as well… not much of a flavor difference in the soup but we use less (2 Tablespoons or so of oil)

To Make the Soup:

  • 4 onions, sliced
  • 2½ tablespoons of butter
  • 2 tablespoons of flour
  • 8 cups of beef broth
  • salt & pepper, to taste (you will need to adjust this to your own taste… we usually use ¼ tsp. salt and ? tsp. of pepper)
  • Homemade croutons, recipe included
  • Mozarella or Gruyere Cheese, as much as you want
  • Parmesan Cheese

Instructions

To Make the Croutons:

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Cut your bread into 1? cubes.
  2. In a bowl, toss the bread cubes with the melted butter until lightly coated all over.
  3. Toss the garlic powder with the buttered bread cubes. Toss the salt with the bread cubes. Spread the seasonings out as much as possible to coat all over.
  4. Spread the cubes out on a a baking sheet and put them in the oven for about 20-25 minutes.

To Make the Soup:

  1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium low heat. Sauté the sliced onions in the melted butter stirring about 10 minutes, until golden and soft.
  2. Sprinkle the flour over the top of the onions and stir for about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Pour in the beef broth slowly, breaking up any clumps from the flour.
  4. Stir in the salt and pepper.
  5. Cover and allow the soup to simmer for 15 minutes.
  6. Pour the soup into serving bowls. Top each bowl of soup with homemade croutons and lots of cheese. Sprinkle with Parmesan for some added flavor.

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Lori Elizabeth Conlin

Tuesday 1st of January 2019

Sounds great. I'm making it tonight!

Jen @JuanitasCocina

Tuesday 15th of January 2013

Come take care of me and make me soup. I'm siiiiiick.

I think this would heal me.

Nicole Cook

Wednesday 16th of January 2013

I can't believe you are still sick hon. :( I wish I was closer, I'd bring you tons of soup and come just sit with you and fluff your pillows and stuff. Feel better! FASTER!

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Tuesday 15th of January 2013

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Wednesday 16th of January 2013

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