Classic French Onion Soup

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IngredientsClassic French Onion Soup

  • 12 white onions, julienned
  • 1/2 pound butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup dry sherry
  • 1/3 cup beef base
  • 1/3 cup chicken base
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 gallon water, hot
  • Croutons
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Swiss cheese slices
  • Chopped parsley
  • Crusty bread


  1. Sauté the onions in butter in a large stock pot for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the sugar, sherry, beef base, chicken base and black pepper and stir well.
  3. Cook until the mix has caramelized and the onions are translucent.
  4. Add the water, bring to a boil and boil for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove the pot from the heat.
  6. Transfer the soup to a serving pot and top with croutons, Parmesan cheese and a slice of Swiss cheese.
  7. Heat under a broiler until the cheese melts.
  8. Sprinkle fresh parsley on top and serve with additional crusty bread.
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