Onion Soup with Bacon, Winter Herbs, and Gruyère

Onion Soup with Bacon, Winter Herbs, and Gruyère
Ray Kachatorian

Ingredients

  • 6 Ounces  applewood-smoked bacon, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • large yellow onions, sliced thinly
  • cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/3 Cup  dry white wine
  • 8 Cups  beef broth
  • bay leaf
  • large sprig rosemary, plus 1/2 teaspoon minced
  • large sprig sage, plus 1/2 teaspoon minced
  • large sprig fresh thyme, plus 1/2 teaspoon minced
  • 18  thin slices baguette, toasted
  • 3/4 Cups  shredded Gruyère

This adaptation of French onion soup boasts bacon and a generous measure of herbs, in addition to the classic cheese-topped toasts. I particularly like it on a cold day, especially with a glass of full-bodied Belgian ale or a homebrew.

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Directions

In a large, heavy pot over medium heat, fry the bacon until the fat is rendered and the bacon is crisp, about 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a small bowl.

Add the onions to the drippings in the pot, reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook, stirring occasionally, until very tender, about 30 minutes. Add the garlic and continue cooking until the onions are golden brown and very soft, about 20 minutes longer.

Pour in the wine and cook until the wine evaporates and the onions are brown and jamlike, about 12 minutes. Add the broth, bay leaf, and rosemary, sage, and thyme sprigs and simmer the soup very gently to meld the flavors, about 20 minutes.

Remove and discard the herb sprigs. (The soup can be cooled, covered, and refrigerated for up to 3 days. Reheat to serving temperature before continuing.)

Preheat the broiler.

Arrange the toasts on a small rimmed baking sheet and sprinkle evenly with the cheese. Broil the toasts just until the cheese melts. Remove from the broiler, sprinkle with the bacon and minced herbs, and return to the broiler. Broil until the toasts are heated through. Ladle the soup into warmed bowls. Top with the toasts, dividing them evenly, and serve.

Nutrition

Calories per serving:

352 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, No Oil Added

Daily value:

18%

Servings:

6
  • Fat 18g 27%
  • Carbs 28g 9%
  • Saturated 7g 36%
  • Fiber 2g 9%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 7g
  • Monounsaturated 7g
  • Polyunsaturated 2g
  • Protein 19g 38%
  • Cholesterol 37mg 12%
  • Sodium 1,124mg 47%
  • Calcium 240mg 24%
  • Magnesium 53mg 13%
  • Potassium 834mg 24%
  • Iron 3mg 15%
  • Zinc 2mg 14%
  • Phosphorus 299mg 43%
  • Vitamin A 52µg 6%
  • Vitamin C 8mg 13%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 30%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 30%
  • Niacin (B3) 6mg 28%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 21%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 61µg 15%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 7%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 0mg 1%
  • Vitamin K 2µg 3%
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