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Flavorful French Onion Soup

To complement the standing rib roast, our Test Kitchen home economists created this satisfying soup. Serve it as a first course to get mouths watering!
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1-3/4 hours
  • Makes
    11 servings (about 2-1/2 quarts)

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2-1/2 pounds onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 8 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup dry red wine or additional beef broth
  • 1/4 cup A.1. steak sauce
  • HOMEMADE CROUTONS:
  • 3 cups cubed French bread
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup shredded Swiss cheese

Directions

  • In a Dutch oven, melt butter. Add the onions, brown sugar and pepper; cook over low heat until onion are lightly browned, about 1 hour.
  • Sprinkle onions with flour; stir to blend. Gradually stir in broth. Add wine and steak sauce. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, toss bread cubes with oil and butter. Combine oregano, basil, salt and pepper; sprinkle over bread and toss to coat.
  • Transfer to an ungreased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Garnish soup with croutons and cheese.

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