French Onion Soup is really pretty basic, so why is it so often bad? Beef broth and caramelized onions ... what's not to like? For special deals and more great content, sign up for the free How To Cook Like Your Grandmother Newsletter.
French onion soup gets its full-bodied taste from slow-cooked, caramelized onions. Here, we call for three types of onions for rich, balanced flavor, but the recipe will work with any combination or just one variety.
When entertaining guests, I bring out this savory soup while we're waiting for the main course. It's simple to make—just saute the onions early in the day and let the soup simmer until dinner-time. In winter, big bowls of it make a warming supper with a salad and biscuits.