French Onion Soup

French Onion Winter Soup
This rich and savory French Onion Soup is a special treat to add to any winter menu.

French Onion Soup
Makes 2 1⁄2 quarts
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  1. 1⁄2 cup butter
  2. 2 teaspoons sugar
  3. 8 large yellow onions, thinly sliced
  4. 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  5. 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  6. 6 cups beef broth
  7. 1 (10.5-ounce) can beef consommé
  8. 11⁄2 teaspoons salt
  9. 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  10. 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  11. Toasted baguette rounds
  12. Shredded Swiss cheese
  13. Garnish: chopped fresh parsley
  1. In a large Dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat. Add sugar and onions, in batches if necessary. Cook, stirring often, for 1 hour or until golden brown. Add garlic, and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in flour, and cook for 2 minutes. Add beef broth, beef consommé, salt, and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 30 minutes. Add thyme, and simmer for 5 minutes. Ladle soup into ovenproof bowls; top with toasted baguette rounds and shredded cheese. Broil 6 inches from heat for 3 minutes or until cheese is browned and bubbly. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley, if desired. Serve immediately.
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