Thursday, 11 April 2013

'Facile' French Onion Soup

Bonjour tout le monde!

Today I wanted to share with you a favourite recipe of mine for two reasons: it's easy (facile in French) and its delicious. And should you want something sweet after this soup du jour then check out my Easy as (apple) Pie recipe.

After much painstaking research (thanks Wikipedia) I have discovered that French Onion Soup has "been popular at least as far back as Roman times. The modern version of this soup originates in France in the 18th century, made from beef broth, and caramelised onions."

My version is slightly tweaked but sometimes things need to be cut down in order to make it a fifteen minute meal. Now that is fantastique!

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 Onion soup mix packet
  • 1/2 a raw onion, diced
  • 4 Cups water
  • 2 slices of bread
  • 1 Cup of grated cheese (your choice--I used a mozzarella and cheddar block)
Preparation time: 5 minutes   Cooking: 10 minutes   Serves: 4


INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Buy a soup mix packet (or box) from your nearest supermarket. Make sure its onion flavoured!
  2. Dice half an onion and put it into the soup pot. Add butter and sautéed at medium heat until onions become clear.
  3. Add required cups of water according to the packet and the soup mix itself (I did six cups water with 1 packet and a half).
  4. Increase to high heat and bring to a boil. Stir.
  5. Take out individual bowls and layer with cut squares of bread. I had regular multi-grain brown bread on hand but who says you cannot be adventurous (or convenient) and use whatever is in your bread box. 
  6. Grate cheese so that each bowl has a minimum of half a cup of cheese sprinkled on top of the bread.
  7. Salt and pepper soup to taste and take off the element.
  8. Ladle generously into your bowls and allow the cheese to melt and bread to become saturated before serving your guests. Should anyone want seconds (s'il vous plait!) repeat steps five and six.
But don't forget, these onions won't make you cry, but tu pleures, being French and all.

Let me know how it goes and any adventurous twists you may have added!

Bon Appetite!