French Onion Soup and Meatballs

The Rancher and I LOVE this recipe.  I have no clue where I found it, but have been making it most of our married life.
 
I had never tasted this kind of soup until after we were married.  J is a big fan of French Onion Soup.  This surprises me as he does not like onions and is not much of a soup eater.  Apparently this is an exception to the rule.  
 
 
French Onion Soup
 
1/4 C butter or EVOO – I use Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
2 Red Onions, thinly sliced
2 Yellow Onions, thinly sliced
1 tsp Sugar
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Pepper
1/4 C White Wine
2 2/3 C Beef Broth
2 C Water
1/4 tsp Dried Thyme
8-10 slices French Bread
3 C Swiss Cheese, shredded
 
In a skillet, melt butter.
 
Add onions and saute until tender.
 
Stir in sugar, salt and pepper and cook for 20 minutes, stir occasionally.
 
Transfer to a crock pot.
 
Stir in wine, beef broth, water and thyme.
 
Cover; cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours. 
 
Ladle soup into ovenproof bowls and top with bread and cheese.
 
Broil in oven until cheese is melted.
 
 
A few notes:
 
This soup is very fragrant!  Your entire house will smell like onions for a while.
 
Onions – Sometimes I use white v. yellow onion or all three.  I always use a red onion.
 
White Wine – If I don’t have any I will use extra beef broth.  I have also used cooking sherry and it works too.
 
Beef Broth – Generally I make this Soup after I make a roast and use the broth from the roast for lots of extra flavor.
 
Water – Adjust to your personal preference.  Sometimes I don’t use any, just tasty broth.
 
Rosemary and Bay Leaf – Sometimes I toss in 1/4 tsp Dried Rosemary and a Bay Leaf for fun.  Make sure to dig out the Bay Leaf … DO NOT EAT THE LEAF!
 
French Bread – I had a friend suggest lightly toasting the bread before adding it in the soup.  It’s a good idea.  Here is the recipe I use for French Bread.
  
Cheese – Most of the time I melt a slice of provolone cheese v. Swiss.  Both are delicious.
 
 
Since I had the French Bread made I decided to pair our soup with meatballs.  Soup and meatball sandwiches; no meatless meals at our house!  I tried the Pioneer Woman’s Comfort Meatballs from her first cookbook.
 
I wasn’t sure I could handle oatmeal in my meat and really didn’t think I could do oatmeal flakes.  I put the oatmeal in the food processor; it worked great.  I didn’t have Tabasco for the sauce and forgot to get some at the store.  So, I used Louisiana Supreme Chicken Wing Sauce ; awesome!  The best part is I found it for $1.00 a bottle.
 
 
These meatballs are like no other.  They are moist, tender and comforting.  The Pioneer Woman wins again.
 
Linking Up with:
Hunk of Meat Monday at Beyer Beware
Cast Party Wednesday #26 at Lady Behind the Curtain
Full Plate Thursday at Miz Helen’s Country Cottage.
Weekend Potluck #3 at The Country Cook and Friends
 
 

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7 Responses to French Onion Soup and Meatballs

  1. Linda says:

    Thanks for the recipes. They sound delicious! 🙂

  2. Candy C. says:

    I like the fact that the soup finishes in the crock pot! Looks divine!
    I use my grandmother’s recipe for meatballs and they have oatmeal in them too. What I like about grandma’s recipe is that you bake the meatballs with the sauce on them, no skillet required! I’ve been meaning to post the recipe! 🙂

  3. Kari Sanders says:

    I’ve always thought this soup would be so good, so maybe I’ll have to try it now. I made PW’s red velvet cake tonight for Carl’s birthday tomorrow. I’m not sure how it exactly turned out. Hopefully it’ll taste good. And I’ve never made chicken fried steak, but I think I’m going to try her recipe for Carl tomorrow night as well. Hopefully his birthday supper will be grand!!

    • Robyn says:

      Kari

      Sounds like you have a feast planned for Mr. Carl. Hard to go wrong with PW Recipes. I am sure it will be delicious!

      I have never made Red Velevet Cake, but have it on my list. I made J a chicken fried hamburger last week, he loved it. Same idea, just with a ground beef hamburger v. steak.

      Have a fun party!

  4. Miz Helen says:

    Our bowls would be empty at the end of that wonderful soup, it looks delicious, just perfect for a cold winters night. The meatballs sound really good. These are great recipes. Hope you are having a wonderful week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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