Onion Soup

French onion soup is probably everyone’s favorite onion soup, although we’re also big fans of this creamy spring onion version and this whipped potato–topped one. Classic French onion soup is typically made with beef stock and caramelized onions, and served gratinéed with an oversize crouton and a generous portion of melted cheese. We like Hugue Dufour’s French Canadian take on this dish, which uses a combination of pork broth, bacon and a pig’s foot for a rich, smoky soup. Whether you’re an onion soup traditionalist, or you’re craving a vegetarian-friendly dinner, Food & Wine’s guide has a recipe for every occasion.

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Is there anything more comforting on a chilly day than a steaming bowlful of French onion soup topped with a gooey layer of melted cheese? Yes, there is: five bowlfuls.
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French (Canadian) Onion Soup

Hugue Dufour makes a pork broth for his French onion soup using bacon for smokiness and a pig's foot for richness. Omit the pig's foot for a lighter broth.  More Warming Soups
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French Onion Soup

Rich, flavorful beef broth, sweet caramelized onions and a great melting cheese that hardens around the bowl into seductively crispy bits are a must for this classic. Plus: More Appetizer Recipes and Tips
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French Onion Soup with Whole-Grain Cheese Toast

For this lighter version of the classic French onion soup, freshly grated Gruyère cheese is melted over whole-grain toast and served on top of the soup. Slideshow: Healthy Soups
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