For the longest time I wasn’t a fan of French Onion soup. It was always overpowering and heavy on the stomach. Then I met my husband who loves this soup. But he had the same problem of finding a decent recipe. We found one from Hannafords and then changed it a bit and now we have a soup that is very easy to make and we all love eating it.
To start melt 2 T of butter in a saucepan.
I thinly slice about 1 1/2 large onions and saute in the butter. Cook until they start to soften and then add a tablespoon of sugar. Stir well. I found a lot of recipes called for 3 large onions but it would be too much of an onion flavour and you wouldn’t get a balance of all the flavours.
Saute for another 5 minutes or so. Add 4 cups of broth. We use the veg broth though most recipes call for a beef broth. Heat until simmering. Add a few squirts of stone ground mustard, 3 T of cognac, 3-4 T of Worcestershire sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste.
I like it to simmer for awhile if I have the time for the flavours to really come together but once it is heated through it can be served. I butter some bread and toast them to top the soup. Then grate some Jarlsberg cheese over it all. Broil until melted and serve.
This is perfect on a cold day or when your schedule is hectic. And if you want a variation of this try the french onion grilled cheese sandwiches. A big hit in my family. :)