This soup, originally from Lyon, is as tasty as it is revitalising.


  • 150 g butter
  • 4 medium-large onions (sliced)
  • 1 garlic clove (crushed)
  • 100 ml red wine
  • 150 ml beef stock
  • sprig of thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 baguette
  • 150g grated gruyere cheese


  • Heat the butter in a large, deep, heavy-based saucepan. Gently fry the onion and garlic for about 15 minutes. They must be soft, brown and lightly caramelised. Be careful not to let them fry crisp.
  • Add the wine, stock, thyme and bay leaves. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer very gently for around 30 minutes, stirring from time to time.
  • Preheat the grill. Cut the baguette into 2cm slices and toast it on both sides. Pour the soup into ovenproof bowls, place 1 or 2 pieces of baguette on top and sprinkle generously with the grated gruyere.
  • Put the bowls under the hot grill. When the cheese is golden and bubbling, remove from the oven and serve immediately.

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