I first made “French Dip Soup” over a year ago and it was an immediate hit at our house! I’ll include my notes with a few hints and minor changes I’ve made to the original recipe by Rachael Ray.
So tasty and definitely a meal all by itself!
(If you’re reading this, Sir Beads-A-Lot, yes we can have it this weekend! 🙂 )
French Dip Soup
Rachael Ray, makes 4 servings
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons unsalted butter (I used salted).
6 large onions, thinly sliced
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 sprigs thyme
1 fresh or dried bay leaf (I skipped this.)
1/2 cup white wine
6 cups beef stock
1/2 loaf crusty bread, torn into bite-size pieces and toasted (Get the bread ready first so you won’t have to stop and do it once the soup is finished.)
1 pound deli-style roast beef, shredded (Be sure to shred into bite-sized pieces!)
Grated parmesan cheese, optional (I used a “shredded” Parmesan so it wouldn’t melt/disappear immediately….. we love cheese!!)
Heat a deep pot over medium to medium-high heat. (A very large pot is needed as the 6 onions take a lot of space before they cook down a bit.) Add EVOO, about one turn of the pan, and butter to the pot. Add the onions to the pot as you slice them and the chopped garlic. Season with salt and pepper then add thyme sprigs and a bay leaf. Cook the onions for 20-25 minutes, stirring frequently, until tender, sweet and deep caramel-colored. (I found it took longer than 25 minutes – more like 35 – for the onions to get some color.) If the onions are burning in spots before browning all over, add a splash of water and stir every now and then, scraping the bottom of the pot.
Once the onions are tender and brown, add the white wine and scrape up all the brown bits from the bottom of the pot. Add the beef stock and cover the pot to bring the soup up to a quick boil.
Place a few chunks of the toasted bread into each of four deep soup bowls or crocks and top the toast with a handful of the shredded roast beef. Once the soup reaches a boil, remove the bay leaf and thyme sprigs, and ladle into bowls to cover the roast beef. If you like, top it off with a handful of grated parmesan cheese. (Again, I use a generous amount of shredded Parmesan as the grated cheese melts too quickly!)
Now I’m hungry!!! 😉