French Onion Soup

Make a simple French onion soup.


  • 4 large onions (peeled and sliced)
  • 2 tblsp oil or butter
  • 2 level tablespoons flour
  • 1.80 l beef stock
  • 6 tblsp cheddar cheese (grated)
  • salt and pepper
  • pinch of sugar
  • 6 slices vienna loaf


  1. The method is wickedly simple: soften the thinly sliced onions in the oil or butter without letting them brown.
  2. Add freshly ground black pepper and a little salt (the cheese which will be added later is fairly salty so don’t overdo it!) and the flour, mixing well.
  3. Slowly add the stock until the mixture is smooth and beginning to bubble.
  4. Cover and simmer for 25 minutes.
  5. While you're waiting, lightly toast the bread and grate the cheese.
  6. Pour the soup into bowls, put a slice of cheese-topped toast on each and put under a hot grill to melt and brown.
  7. Vive la difference!


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