French Onion Soup

We have tried different versions throughout the years and this one is good.  The Campbell’s condensed beef broth is good.  If you are feeling flush use gruyere cheese instead of swiss – it makes a big difference.

  • 4 medium onions, sliced
  • 2 T. margarine or butter
  • 2 cans CONDENSED beef broth
  • 1 ½ cup water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/8 t. pepper
  • 1/8 t. thyme
  • 4 slices French bread, ¾ – 1 inch thick
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese

Cover and cook onion in margarine in 3 quart saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally, until tender, 20 – 30 minutes or longer until brown and cooked way way down.  Add beef broth, water, bay leaf, thyme and pepper.  Heat to boiling.  Reduce heat.  Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.  Set oven to broil.  Place bread slices on cookie sheet and broil until golden brown.  Repeat for other side.  Place bread in oven proof bowls.  Add broth; top with Swiss cheese, sprinkle with parmesan.  Place bowls on cookie sheet.  Broil w/cheese 5 inches from heat until golden brown. 1-2 minutes

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