Friday, January 3, 2014

French Onion Soup

There is nothing better than homemade soup during the winter! I love French onion soup and would always get it at restaurants growing up. It has great flavors, with layers of croutons and toasted mozzarella cheese. I always thought it was so difficult to make, and would only be able to enjoy it if I went out to a fancy shmansy restaurant.
French Onion Soup~ The Dreams Weaver

You are not going to believe how easy this is to make! And, it costs way less to make a whole pot of it than one bowl at a restaurant. I always make a GIANT pot of it and freeze part of it to enjoy later.

What you will need:

4 large onions
2 tbs. butter
2 tbs. sugar
4 tbs. flour
1 envelope of onion soup mix
1 tsp. salt
4 tbs. paprika
4-6 cups water (or you can use vegetable stock to give richer flavor)
1 package mozzarella cheese
Any leftover bread

In a large pot, melt the butter on medium heat. While the butter is melting, slice up 4 large onions. Once the butter is melted, add the onions to the pot. Let the onions sweat for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. I add the sugar halfway through.
French Onion Soup~ The Dreams Weaver
Once the onions have a nice brown sheen to them add the flour, onion soup mix, salt, and paprika. Stir the mixture until it’s all incorporated and is a thick paste consistency.
French Onion Soup~ The Dreams Weaver
Slowly add the water. I start with ½ cup at first so that the water mixes with the thick paste mixture. Once the water mixes completely, I add the remaining cups of water and stir it all together.
French Onion Soup~ The Dreams Weaver
Let the soup simmer on medium heat for an hour with the lid propped on top, but slightly open to let steam out.
French Onion Soup~ The Dreams Weaver
While the soup is making, cut any bread you have up into medium size squares. Sprinkle some paprika on the top. Toast on 350°F for 10 minutes.
French Onion Soup~ The Dreams Weaver
Once the soup is ready, it’s time to assemble it in the bowls! I love using these little handled crocks like they do in the restaurants to get the full effect!

Ladle the soup into your bowls; sprinkle some mozzarella cheese, then a layer of croutons, and finally another {heaping} layer of cheese. Bake in the oven at 350°F until the cheese bubbles and turns brown.
French Onion Soup~ The Dreams Weaver
I let the remainder of the soup cool down, then I pour into freezer safe containers to enjoy when I just don't feel like cooking.  They can last months in the freezer like this.
French Onion Soup~ The Dreams Weaver

French Onion Soup~ The Dreams Weaver

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