French Onion Soup

I’ve moved out! I am officially living and working in London and boy, it feels good. But it also puts me to the ultimate test. Eating well is easy when you live with a health teacher who restocks the fridge every weekend with new and exciting vegetables (omg did I just call vegetables exciting) and has every single kitchen appliance you could ever want and need. Now that I’m fending fully for myself I could easily fall back into my student ways. If you don’t hear from me, you’ll find me underneath that pile of empty pizza boxes in my bedroom. Luckily, I fell into a few habits while living at home, two of which are dish of the week and soup of the week. Dish of the week is whatever you decide to cook mountains of on Sunday afternoon so that you don’t have to cook every night when you get home from work and soup of the week is the big batch of soup you make at the start of the week to take in to work for lunches, a decision that has proved beneficial for both my waist and my wallet. Today’s recipe is a soup that is both filling and flavourful, and unlike some soups, it doesn’t take hours to throw together, I give you French Onion Soup.

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French Onion Soup

What you’ll need:

6 large onions

50g butter

a table spoon of brown sugar

4 beef stock cubes

4 pints of boiling water

French bread

Gruyere

How you do it:

1. Peel your onions and cut them in half, then thinly slice them so that they can easily break apart in the pot. In a large pot, melt your butter. Once the butter is completely melted, throw in all of the onions. Give them a good stir and then put the lid on the pot and let them sweat for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

2. Add the brown sugar, give them another stir and let them sweat for a further five minutes.

3. Throw in the beef stock and boiling water and let the whole pot simmer while you pre heat your grill to 200c.

4. Put a small piece of gruyere cheese on a slice of French bread and stick it under the grill until the cheese has just melted, this won’t take more than a minute so keep an eye on it!

5. Give yourself a big portion of soup and pop the French bread straight in the centre so that it floats on top, enjoy!

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