Unusual French Onion Soup


I found this recipe somewhere and found it an interesting combination of ingredients.  This recipe serves 6


  • 2 cans 10oz beef broth Soup, beef broth or bouillon canned, ready-to-serve
  • 2 1/2 cups water Water, municipal
  • 2 lbs onions Onions, raw
  • 8 whole cloves Spices, cloves, whole
  • 1 tsp whole mustard and coriander seeds
  • 1/2 tsp each rosemary and thyme
  • 3 Tbs butter Butter, without salt
  • 1/4 cup tawny port
  • 6 thick slices crusty bread, toasted PEPPERIDGE FARM Crusty Italian Bread, Garlic
  • 1/4 cup basil pesto
  • 12 oz Emmental cheese, sliced


Step 1

In large saucepan, combine broth and water. Peel 1 onion; pierce with cloves. Add to pan with mustard,coriander,rosemary and thyme.

Step 2

Bring to simmer; cover and cook over medium-low heat for 30 mins. or until onion is very tender. Strain stock into a bowl, discarding onion and whole spices.

Step 3

Thickly slice and then quarter remaining onions. In saucepan, melt butter over medium heat until frothy; cook onions, stirring often until lightly golden. Add stock and port; cook just until heated through. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 4

Place 6 ovenproof soup bowls on large baking sheet. Ladle in the soup to within 1/2" from top. Spread toasts with pesto; place in bowls with pesto side up. Cover toasts with cheese.

Step 5

Bake in 350 oven for 12-15 mins or til cheese is bubbly and lightly browned around the edges.


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