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French onion soup

The origins of this soup are unconfirmed but Lyon is the area in France most associated with onions: a la lyonnaise means dish containing onions.


  • 1/2kg onions
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 6 cups water
  • salt and pepper
  • 6 slices of french or white toasted bread
  • 1 cup shredded gruyere or swiss cheese


  • Peel onions and cut into thin slices.
  • In large saucepan, melt butter and add onions then cook over medium-low heat for 10 minutes until golden brown, stirring occasionally.
  • Sprinkle with flour and stir until mixture gets lightly brown then add water, salt and pepper.
  • Bring to a boil over high heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Pour into soup bowl, place toasted bread on top and sprinkle with cheese then place under griller until cheese is bubbly and golden brown.

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