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French Onion Soup & OXO Giveaway!

I just got back from one of the most wonderful weekends in San Francisco! I was at the Foodbuzz Blogger Conference. It was such so much fun & food & I can’t wait to tell you about it.

For now, I have one of my favorite soups to share with y’all. This is a recipe from my Williams-Sonoma Paris Cookbook. I’ve loved every recipe I’ve made out of it, and the boy who lived in France for 2 years (my husband Matt) has approved of every one. This is the third time I’ve made this soup, so you know it’s a keeper!

First, onions are sliced nice and thin. I use my OXO Mandoline Slicer. I love it because it rests on the bowl and I can slice all of the onions quickly and with little effort. The first two times, I sliced the onions as thin as possible by hand, but they still weren’t as thin as I can get them with the mandoline. Lucky you – OXO has sent me a mandoline to give to one of my lucky readers! Details on how to enter below.

I just love a good French Onion Soup. The onions are meltingly soft & sweet, and the broth is rich and satisfying.

Not to mention the rustic country bread that gets covered with cheese…

Then broiled on top, giving you the perfect marriage of soup, bread, and bubbly Gruyere.

I use bread from Kelly’s Bakery here in Santa Cruz. They have big loaves at Costco sometimes but they run out fast! I bought two last time they actually had them and froze the second loaf. It’s perfect because it holds up in the soup and doesn’t fall apart or get too soggy.

Edit: I choose not to use alcohol in my cooking, so the juice combo is the best alternative to sub in for wine. You may use wine if you so choose.

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French Onion Soup
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adapted from Williams-Sonoma
Serves: 6
  • 2½ lb. yellow onions
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 Tablespoon canola oil
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup grape juice
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 8 cups beef stock
  • 6 slices country bread, sliced 1½ in. thick
  • 3 cups shredded Comte or Gruyere cheese
  1. Using a mandoline or sharp knife, thinly slice the onions lengthwise and set aside.
  2. In a large pot like a French oven, melt the butter and oil over medium-low heat.
  3. Add the onions and cover, stirring every now and then until they are soft, cooked down, and slightly caramelized. Add in the sugar, salt, and pepper to taste as you stir. This will take 30-40 min.
  4. Add the juices and turn the heat to high. Cook for about 10 minutes, or until the juice is reduced by half. Add the beef stock and turn the heat down to medium-low. Let the soup simmer uncovered for about 45 minutes, until it is dark, flavorful and rich. If it tastes too strong, add a little water and cover to continue cooking.
  5. Just before serving, toast the bread.
  6. Ladle the soup into ovenproof bowls and place on a rimmed baking sheet. Top with the toasted bread and cheese. Place the soup bowls under the broiler until the cheese is bubbly, about 10 minutes.
  7. Serve immediately & enjoy!

To enter the giveaway, do one or all of the following, then leave a comment letting me know which options you’ve done.

1. Pin this recipe onto Pinterest.

2. Like Kara in the Kitchen on Facebook.

3. Share the Facebook page with your friends.

4. Share a recipe from Kara in the Kitchen on Facebook.

5. Comment on this post with your favorite soup recipe.

6. Subscribe via email or RSS.

7. Put a Kara in the Kitchen badge on your site.

Good luck! :)

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  • Tracy MacDonough October 22, 2012, 9:50 AM

    Hi Kara,
    I chose the second option #3 (I shared your french onion soup recipe on Facebook). Even though I haven’t tried it yet, I know it will be tasty delicious, as always. Hope I win!!

    • Kara October 23, 2012, 2:30 PM

      I love your sweet comments & support, Tracy! Thank you so much. Good luck #1 :)

  • Cayla October 22, 2012, 10:18 AM

    Hey girl, totally pinned it on pinterest. Which in turn posted to Facebook as well =) I’ve tried this recipe before, I agree, super delicious!

    • Kara October 23, 2012, 2:31 PM

      Awesome Cayla!! Isn’t this recipe the best? Mmm makes me feel like I’m in Paris when I make it!

  • Kandie October 22, 2012, 10:50 AM

    I chose the super easy option #4! And my favorite soup is YOUR Chicken orzo soup! Made just a week and a half ago for my parents!

    • Kara October 23, 2012, 2:32 PM

      Sweet! I hope they liked it…and I’m totally making it tonight :) So easy & SO good!

  • Megan - NewlyWife October 22, 2012, 3:01 PM

    I just added you on google reader, not knowing you had this giveaway! So fabulous meeting you this weekend!

    Can I do multiple options? If so, above was #6, next is #5 (http://www.newlywife.com/creamy-pumpkin-soup-recipe/) and I’m probably going to go pin this recipe right now. Should I have left multiple comments for multiple entries? ;)

    • Kara October 22, 2012, 3:37 PM

      Yes Megan, you can do as many options as you’d like! I’ll make sure they all get counted as entries :) So happy to be in touch through our blogs & will definitely be trying your pumpkin soup…yum!

  • Lynda T @MommyPowers October 23, 2012, 12:13 PM

    I’m old school, I love Chicken Noodle Soup…esp. when it’s chilly outside! Gotta try this recipe! Thanks!

    • Kara October 23, 2012, 2:33 PM

      Can’t beat a good old fashioned chicken noodle soup! My Nana makes a turkey noodle after Thanksgiving that’s to die for. Thanks Lynda! :)

  • Lynda T @MommyPowers October 23, 2012, 12:14 PM

    I like Kara In the Kitchen on FB! :D

  • Lynda T @MommyPowers October 23, 2012, 12:16 PM

    I shared the recipe on my cousin’s page, she loves Onion Soup!

  • Brenda Goroski October 23, 2012, 12:41 PM

    Sounds yummy Kara! A must try once it cools off down here ;-)! One soup I have been making lately fits out recent Paleo/Primal Blueprint lifestyle in that it has no grains, sugars, legumes or dairy. You would never know it though. I found a version of it on http://www.marksdailyapple.com and change it according to what is in my fridge and what I have recently tried lately eating out at local Thai restaurants. It’s a Coconut Curry Soup. You can use either ground beef cooked in onion and coconut oil or shredded chicken. I used chicken last night. The soup base is 2 cans of Coconut Milk (don’t get the light version-go for the full fat or it will be too water, plus coconut is a good fat for you!), 2 tsp Red Curry Paste (or more if you like it spicey), 1 TBS Ground Ginger (half as much if you are using fresh), 1 TBS White Vinegar, Salt, Pepper and Garlic Powder to taste (some recipes suggest Cumin too but I never have it so just left it out). Last night I added carrots, bell pepper and pinapple as my ‘veggies’. I have also seen variations with sweet potato but haven’t tried it yet. Add cooked chicken or ground beef and simmer till veggies are soft!

  • Ashley H October 23, 2012, 4:37 PM

    I like you on facebook.

  • Ashley H October 23, 2012, 4:37 PM

    My favorite soup is Panera’s potato soup. I’d love to have that recipe.

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    rss subscriber

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  • Merilee October 28, 2012, 8:38 PM

    I’m liking you on Facebook and that soup looks delicious! Thanks!

  • Khanh October 29, 2012, 12:39 AM

    Here’s my pin =) Thank you for the opportunity!!!


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