French Onion Soup

This is an easy recipe for French Onion Soup. You can substitute vegetable broth for the chicken broth to make this vegetarian.


4 medium onions
2 Tablespoons butter
32 ounces (1 quart) chicken stock or broth
1 bay leaf
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
4 slices of French bread, ¾ to 1 inch thick
8 slices Swiss cheese
8 slices Provolone cheese
¼ cup grated parmesan

4 Oven-proof crocks or soup bowls to hold individual servings

Preparing the Soup

French Onion Soup in Crock with lightly browned cheese

French Onion Soup in Crock.

Cover and cook onion in butter in a 3 quart sauce pan over low heat, stirring occasionally, until tender, 20 to 30 minutes.

Add chicken stock, bay leaf, pepper and thyme. Heat to boiling; reduce heat; cover and simmer 15 minutes.

Trim the crusts off the French bread slices. Toast the bread lightly. Add soup to the crocks. Top each serving with a slice of toasted French bread. Alternate a slice of Swiss cheese, then a slice of Provolone cheese on top of the bread, until you have 2 slices of each. Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top.

Place bowls under broiler and broil with cheese about 5 inches from heat just until cheese is melted and golden brown on top, 1 to 2 minutes.