This is an excellent recipe that I have made many times. It is really very healthy if using a low sodium broth. I use beef Better Than Broth bouillon. It has no MSG and it is reduced to include bits of beef. For those who don't want to use beef or that want a vegetarian soup, there are bouillons in the Kosher section of your market. I often have used the mushroom and/or the vegetable broth cubes. I am sure there are many options here. Definitely a good drinking burgundy is a good addition. Trader Joe's has many delicious inexpensive options.
Definitly try a dry red wine! Good recipe!!
I made this soup for a babyshower (the mother's favorie soup). I made it in 3 batches and then served it from a crockpot, with the cheese topped toast rounds on the side along with additional cheese for topping. Excellent reviews from all, with many requesting the recipe. I think the wine really made the flavor in this soup. Big hit!
Excellent soup, family loved it! It took a lot longer to caramelize the onions, but it was worth the wait. I used double the beef broth, and added some chicken broth too. Chose a nice white wine, and splash of mer-lot and 1 cup of water. I had provolone cheese on hand, and it worked out great. I second the notion of enjoying the wine while waiting on the onions... Good Call!
To Blizzard, You could use chicken broth, but it wouldn't give the rich and complex flavor of beef broth.
Do you think I could use chicken broth instead of the beef broth?
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I agree with the previous comment about the wine!! Haha. Since it takes a while to make, you might as well have some wine while you wait--I used Firestone 2008 Reisling ($7 at Costco, ladies!), and it was lovely. Anyway my husband was crazy for this soup. I used some frozen pre-made bread dough (a bit earlier in the day) and baked some plain white bread, which we cut extra and thick, it was PERFECT. We made this on a leisurely sunday evening (expecting a long cooking time) but we didn't cook the onions for nearly as long as the recipe said before adding the broth etc (we were worried about burning them)-- and it still turned out reeeeally yummy. If you have leftover Gruyere, you have to try the Broccoli Gruyere Gratin recipe on this site!! It's to die for. (I actually had that broccoli recipe in the oven as I made the soup on the stove...)
INSANELY delicious! I'm not one to brag about my own cooking but this was better than a restaurant! I had a "ladies" night at my house and served this up. I used croutons (to cut cooking time on bread) and a saltier cheese and WOW! TRY IT! (I encourage people to only use wine they would drink)