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French Onion Soup




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french onion soup

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Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr 40 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 50 mins
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Dairy Free
Freezes Well
Gluten Free
Servings: 12 servings
Cost per portion 14p
Calories: 297kcal
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  • 1.8 kg onions thinly sliced
  • 60 ml oil
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed or chopped finely
  • 4 pts stock made with 3 chicken oxo cubes
  • salt and black pepper

To serve

  • 24 slices home made bread


  • Place a saucepan or casserole on a high heat and heat the oil.
  • When this is very hot, add the onions and garlic and keep turning them from time to time until the edges of the onions have turned dark, this will take about 6 minutes.
  • Then reduce the heat to its lowest setting and leave the onions to carry on cooking very slowly for about 30 minutes, by which time the base of the pan will be covered with a rich, nut brown, caramelised film.
  • After that, pour in the stock, season, then stir with a wooden spoon, over a medium heat, scraping the base of the pan well.
  • As soon as it all comes up to simmering point, turn down the heat to its lowest setting, then go away and leave it to cook very gently, without a lid, for about 1 hour.
  • Click to start a 60 minute timer
  • Serve a third of the recipe for one meal, if following our christmas planner. Refrigerate or freeze the remaining portions until needed. Will keep for 5-6 days in the refrigerator.

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Serve with 2 slices of bread per person per meal
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Nutrition Facts
french onion soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 297 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 871mg38%
Potassium 219mg6%
Carbohydrates 54g18%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 336IU7%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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