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Company Onion Soup

The onions in this part of the country are superb, and this soup is proof. Try it and see if your family enjoys this recipe as much as mine does. —Rose Marie Moore, Walla Walla, Washington
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 65 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 large sweet or Walla Walla onions, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 6 cups beef broth, divided
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 thick slices French bread
  • Additional unsalted butter
  • Garlic salt or 1 garlic clove, halved
  • 1 cup shredded Gruyere or Swiss cheese


  • In a Dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat. Saute onions until tender. Sprinkle sugar over onions. Reduce heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are caramelized, about 20 minutes. Add 3 cups broth; simmer 15 minutes. Add remaining broth, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer for 30-40 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, spread both sides of the bread with additional butter; sprinkle with garlic salt or rub with the cut-side of garlic clove. Broil bread until golden brown, then turn and brown other side. Ladle soup into individual ovenproof soup bowls. Float a slice of bread in each bowl and sprinkle with cheese. Broil until cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 380 calories, 23g fat (13g saturated fat), 60mg cholesterol, 1548mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 3g fiber), 15g protein.

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  • chocoloffee
    Apr 28, 2016

    I'm embarrassed to admit this, but I'm 49 and this was my first time making onion soup. Not sure why, since I absolutely love it! When I saw that this recipe is "Contest Winning," I had to try it... and invited my daughter and son-in-law for dinner, since onion soup is one of their faves as well. Yes, this takes a bit of time. But it's not difficult at all - it's super easy; the time is mostly in the cooking of the onions, and the simmering... which serves to infuse the flavors throughout, and is *very* worth the time. I did find this is quite onion-heavy... which I love, but just a note for those who prefer a thinner, more 'brothy' soup. (On that note, I used Campbell's ready-to serve 900 mL tetra pack beef broth; one tetra pack is roughly 3 1/2 cups.) I used sliced French baguette and Swiss cheese. This was an absolute HIT with *everyone*! My daughter actually refilled her bowl and took some home with her; my son-in-law ate only half of his burger, leaving it aside so he could eat the soup. :) The flavor is *wonderful* - just perfectly sweet, and the butter and garlic salt broiled onto the baguette added a to-die-for flavor, melted with the Swiss! Warning though: This is FAR more filling than it looks! I wasn't even able to take one bite of my burger, didn't even pick it up... the soup was a meal in itself! I will definitely be making this again, and will try it with Gruy?re next time, just to vary it up. I can certainly see why this is "Contest Winning"!

  • Isolda
    Jan 26, 2010

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