Homemade French Onion Soup

On Saturday Mark and I were driving home from the Commissary and were randomly talking about soup. Weird conversation right? It was kinda cold and over cast so I wanted to make something a warm and delicious. So naturally I thought of soup! When we got home I started looking up recipes and I realized I had almost everything I needed (plus some substitutions) to make French Onion Soup. I love when that happens! Don't you? I found the recipe here on the food network's website.

**I halved the ingredients since it was just for Mark and me.
1/4 cup unsalted butter
2 onions, sliced
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 bay leaf
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup white wine (we didn't have red)
1 1/2 tablespoons of flour
1 quart of beef broth ( I used better than bouillon)
1/2 baguette, sliced
2 handfuls of grated cheese (I used a Formaggio blend from Trader Joes instead of the Mozzarella pictured below)

Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, bay leaf, and salt and pepper. Cook until the onions are very soft and carmelized. This took about 35 minutes. Add the wine, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until the wine has evaporated. Discard the bay leaf. Dust the onions with flour and give them a stir. Cook for about 10 minutes at a medium low heat to get rid of the raw flour taste. Add the beef broth and bring soup to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes and season to taste.

When you're ready to eat the soup, preheat your broiler. I heated mine to 450 degrees because the crocks I had couldn't be boiled. Ladle the soup into oven safe bowl, place a few baguette pieces on top, and cover with cheese. Toast the bread and melt the cheese. When it's nice and brown the soup is ready! Seriously soooo delicious!

I also made a chopped salad with eggs, bacon, tomatoes, green onion, and basil. Yum!

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