French Onion Soup

The weather is starting to turn here in Minnesota, which means that the snow is melting but it's still around 30 degrees. This also means that we are still in "soup season" even if we don't like it admit it. I've always been kind of intimidated by making French Onion Soup because it usually calls for a dozen or so different kinds of cooking wines and cognac and the exact caramelizing etc. etc. etc. So I came across this recipe and found that it's a crockpot recipe meaning you throw everything into a crockpot and forget about it for 4-6 hours. So I thought I'd try it and my husband loved it, and so did I. Here's the real shocker, my 2 year old did too! I will give one disclaimer though, the key that brings this soup together is the cheese that you sprinkle/broil on top, Gruyere. Yes it's insanely expensive but it goes far and it gives a nutty salty flavor that I can't find in any other cheese. So splurge, you'll thank yourself!

French Onion Soup
Source: Food Network, Sandra Lee's Semi Homemade

5 small/medium Yellow Onions, thinly sliced
2 cans Beef Broth, 14 oz each
2 cans Beef Consomme (you can find this amidst the rest of the canned soups)
1 packet Lipton's Onion Soup Mix
1 Loaf Crusty French Bread, sliced 1" thick
1 cup Gruyere Cheese, shredded (Monterey Jack and Swiss would also be yummy)

1. Pull out your crock pot and set it to the 6 hour setting
2. Throw in your onions, broth, consomme, and onion mix.
3. Walk away and do lots of fun stuff for six hours.
4. Ladle out some soup into an oven-safe bowl. Top with a slice or two of french bread and sprinkle about 1/4 cup of cheese on top.
5. Broil soup until the cheese is golden brown and bubbly.
6. Let cool and enjoy!

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I love french onion soup but haven't made it for many of the same reasons. This looks like an easy way that even I could handle. Thanks!

This looks so yummy. I've had french onion soup at a restaurant but never made it myself. Where do you find gruyere cheese? Is it at a regular grocery store? - Sarah

I have always, always, always loved a French Onion soup topped like this. Yum!

Thanks everyone! I hope you love it as much as we have! Oh--btw, you can find gruyere cheese in the specialty cheese section at just your nearest grocery store. I thought it would only be sold at the high-end grocery stores but nope, there it was right at my Cub foods (equivalent of Smith's if your out west and Tops if you are in the east. ;o) )

what kind of bread works best? the take and bake kind? 

Actually it works better if the bread is already fully baked, so just a loaf of French or Italian bread would work. It can even be a day old or so. 

What temp for the crockpot? High or Low?

Sounds gross! Lipton. Get off your ass and make your own stock. Your heart will appreciate it.

Tried this tonight. SO good. Thanks for the recipe!

Some people are so rude. If you don't have any thing nice to say, don't say anything at all. My children even know this. Anyway, super easy recipe to follow and very tasty! Kudos! :)

If you are so hung up on doing things your way why are you looking at other peoples recipes. I personally look for great shortcuts

Going to try this today for tonight. I am so excited!!!

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