Onion Soup Gratinee

  • Active Time 25m
  • Total Time 25m
  • Rating ****

Serves 6-8

In the past, this hearty onion soup with melted cheese on top was served from the late-night hours into the early morning in the Les Halles market district of Paris. Now, it is served at all times of the day in France. Commonly referred to as one of the great soupes de santé, restorative "soups for the sick," this flavorful broth is said to work equally well on curing the flu as it does on relieving hangovers.


  • 3 large white onions
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 8 cups beef stock, preferably homemade
  • 1/2 day-old baguette
  • 2 cups shredded Swiss cheese


Cut the onions in half through the stem-end, then cut crosswise into thin slices.

Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and flour. Sauté, stirring frequently, until golden brown, about 5 minutes.

Pour in the stock, add salt and pepper to taste and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium. Simmer, stirring often, until the onions are soft and translucent and the flavors have blended, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat a broiler or grill. Cut the baguette on the diagonal into 6-8 large slices about 1/2 inch thick.

Ladle the soup into 6-8 oven-proof bowls placed atop a baking sheet. Place a bread slice on top of each serving of soup and scatter the Swiss cheese evenly over the top of the soup and the bread.

Place the baking sheet under the broiler and broil (grill) until the cheese melts and turns golden brown, about 2-3 minutes.

Remove from the broiler. Serve immediately.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Owen. All rights reserved.

RecID 681

nutrition information per serving

408 calories; 23g total fat; 57mg cholesterol; 360mg sodium; 34g carbohydrates; 4g fiber; 17g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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