Homemade French Onion Soup

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  • 3 large sweet onions peeled
  • ⅓ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ teaspoon brown sugar optional
  • 8 cups beef broth 64 oz
  • ⅓ cup dry white wine
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme or ½ teaspoon dry
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dry sherry optional
  • 1 baguette
  • 3 cups gruyere cheese
  • 6 tablespoons fresh parmesan cheese


  • Slice onions ¼” thick. Cook onions, stirring occasionally, over low heat in melted butter (with sugar if using) until golden, about 30-45 minutes.
  • Add beef broth, wine, thyme, bay leaf, black pepper, Worcestershire, dry sherry. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour. Remove bay leaf and thyme (if fresh) and discard.
  • Meanwhile, slice bread and brush with olive oil. Broil 2 minutes per side or until golden. 
  • Ladle soup into ceramic bowls. Add 2 slices of bread to each bowl. Divide cheeses over bowls and broil until golden and bubbly.

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