Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Slow Cooker French Onion Soup

I enjoyed participating in the last recipe swap, so I decided to play another round.  The new theme was Soup & Stew and I was given this recipe for French Onion Soup from Christen at Cooking with Christen. Aaron really loves French Onion Soup and I have never made it, so this was a perfect swap for us.

I decided to make half this recipe so we could have 4 servings instead of 8.  I used 2 onions and low sodium broth. I followed the recommendations of several reviews to carmelize the onions before putting them in the crockpot, and to cook it longer.  I added a bit of red cooking wine and worcestershire sauce as well.  Instead of making this in the morning before work, I put it all together before going to bed and let it cook on low for about 20 hours total.

For the next 20 hours I lost my excitement for this meal.  I used sweet onions and our house had an overwhelming onion smell as it cooked - so much that we had to open doors and windows (sorry neighbors!).  The taste was fantastic, though. I used fontina cheese on the bread and put it under the broiler to melt and brown.  The onions were soft and buttery, but I still thought it was still too salty overall.  Next time I would try and find low-sodium beef consumme in addition to low-sodium broth. Otherwise, this is a great and easy recipe. Thanks for sharing Christen!

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Source: Sandra Lee

  • 5 small onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 cans (14 ounces) low sodium beef broth (recommended: Swanson's)
  • 2 cans (10 ounces) beef consomme (recommended: Campbell's)
  • 1 packet onion soup mix (recommended: Lipton's)
  • 8 slices French bread, about 1 inch thick
  • 1 cup shredded Gruyere

Combine onions, broth, consomme, and soup mix in a slow cooker. Cook on HIGH setting for 4 hours, or LOW setting for 8 hours.

Ladle soup into serving bowls. Top with a slice of French bread. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons cheese over each bread slice. Put soup bowls under broiler until cheese is melted. Alternatively, place the bread on a baking sheet and top with cheese; broil until cheese has melted, about 30 to 40 seconds, and set on top just before serving.


The Home Cook said...

Oh boy...that onion smell can be overwhelming but I'm glad the soup itself was good.

Thanks for being part of the recipe swap!

Chris said...

French onion soup is soul warming comfort food. I've never tried it in a slow cooker before.

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