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French Onion Soup with Thyme and Gruyère Crostini

French Onion Soup with Thyme and Gruyère Crostini

A rare indulgence… Taylor decided he wanted to make French Onion Soup, with all it’s rich cheesy goodness. And yes, that cheesy goodness was indeed delicious.

Topped with crusty bread and broiled until the cheese is melted and bubbly, this soup is perfect when you really just want to sit back and savor something warm and satisfying.

I also have to comment on the adorable serving vessels… perfect mini-replicas of our beloved Le Creuset, and in the exact colors to match our rainbow kitchen appliances. A gift from Auntie Sal… we’ve been waiting for the perfect dish to use these, and I think we’ve found it!

French Onion Soup with Thyme and Gruyère Crostini

Makes 2 servings. Recipe from Epicurious.

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1 pound yellow onions, halved and thinly cut lengthwise
3 to 5 sprigs of fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Fresh cracked pepper
1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 cups beef stock
1 cup water
1 1/2-inch-thick slice of ciabatta bread cut in half
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups grated Swiss Gruyère cheese


In a heavy 5-quart pot melt the butter over low heat. Add the onions, thyme, bay leaf, and salt and pepper to taste and cook until the onions are deep amber and exceedingly soft, stirring occasionally, 25 to 30 minutes. Add the flour and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, then add the wine, increase the heat, and let the wine bubble away for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the beef stock and water, and let the soup simmer for 25 to 30 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Preheat the oven to broil. Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven.

Place the ciabatta on the middle rack of the oven and toast until crispy, about 2 to 3 minutes per side.

Remove the bay leaf and thyme sprigs from the soup and discard. Pour the soup into two ovenproof bowls, float the toasted ciabatta on top, and cover it with a thick layer of the Gruyère. Put the soup bowls under the broiler on the middle rack and cook 3 to 5 minutes, or until the cheese is fully melted and golden.

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  3. Shouldn’t you credit Jessica Strand, and her cookbook – Cooking for Two: Perfect Meals for Pairs – for this recipe?

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  4. That looks absolutely delicious! :)

  5. Gorgeous photo! I love the styling and colors!:)

  6. wow, I’m DEFINITELY going to make this :) I’ve been wanting to make french onion soup for a long time, and I should do it before the weather warms up. This is my inspiration!

  7. I am going to try the soup recipe. Also, I want some of those ramekins so bad!

  8. i wanted to tell u i made this tonight and it was awesome! i had to use water instead of white wine bc we dont ever have ww in the house and mozza cheese bc in labrador it is impossible to find gruyere… but all that considered i think it is one good recipe :)

  9. How cute are those baby Le Creusets?! French Onion soup is the perfect way to put them to use.

  10. Talk about true comfort food! This looks so delicious. French Onion is one of my favorite soups. There’s something about the combination of broth, onions, bread, and cheese, that is so heavenly. So glad you posted these beautiful pictures and the fabulous recipe!

  11. wow! i’d love to make a vegetarian version of this.

  12. I love the mini Le Creuset, they are adorable!

  13. I bookmarked a simmilar, or maybe the same, recipe to try. I thought it sounded really tasty. What a cute presentation in the little pots.

  14. I made some at the beginning of the week, I just love onion soup. Yours looks fantastic and what cute pots.

  15. looks truly delicious! i LOVE those dishes :)

  16. This looks so good! I’m going to have to make it for my boyfriend. He’s absolutely obsessed with French Onion Soup. And those pots are the cutest things on earth!

  17. I just love the tiny Le Creuset! So adorable, yet functional – the perfect combination.

  18. Those little pots are adorable, and I love French onion soup!

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