French Onion Soup

R bought a cheap 2kg bag of onions from the supermarket for 67p and wanted to try making onion soup. I researched on a few recipes and got this ready for him when he came home after a late shift. It was quite easy to make and tasted surprisingly good even though it has just a few ingredients.



5 large white onions

3 cloves of garlic

30g butter

Half tablespoon mixed herbs

Half tablespoon dried sage

1 sprig of fresh thyme

1 bay leaf

2 vegetable/ beef stock cubes

Salt and pepper to taste

Shredded mature cheese

Good crusty bread


1. Dice the onions and garlic.

2. Melt the butter in the pan with the mixed herbs and sage and add the onions and garlic.

3. Sweat the onions for 20 minutes or so until they become light brown and translucent. Be careful not to burn the onions or they will taste bitter.

4. Dissolve two stock cubes in 1 litre of boiling water and add to the onions in the pan. Add the thyme and bay leaf.

5. Turn the heat down and let the broth simmer for 1 hour. You can add a tiny bit of flour or corn starch if you prefer a thicker soup.

6. Top one slice of crusty bread with a generous sprinkling of shredded cheese and place under the grill to melt till golden and bubbly.

7. Serve the onion soup in a bowl with the cheesy bread floating on top.

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2 Comments on “French Onion Soup”

  1. fefe Says:

    Hmm, masterchef – what else can we use thyme with? what is good with thyme? I’m always caught with this, and not sure how to use it!

  2. tintedglasses Says:

    Hehe I’m not masterchef! I’m lazy chef. Thyme is good for everything, can add to tomato based pasta sauce, season meat (chicken/lamb), make soups, everything really! Just try! šŸ™‚

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