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French onion soup with cheesy toasts

SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
25 min
55 min
Pull out your beret whilst preparing this French soup loaded with flavour and topped with cheesy melts.


olive oil

2 tsp

fresh sage

1 tbs, (8 leaves)

fresh thyme

1 tbs, finely chopped

brown onion

1000 g, thinly sliced , (1 kg)

wine, white, dry-style

¼ cup(s), (60ml)

plain flour

2 tbs

Beef stock, liquid, salt-reduced

4 cup(s), (1L)


80 g, (8 x 10g slices)

reduced-fat 15% cheddar cheese

½ cup(s), grated, (60 g)


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add sage and cook, stirring, for 1–2 minutes or until golden and crisp. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel.
  2. Reheat same pan over medium-high heat. Cook thyme and onion, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes or until onion is very soft and caramelised.
  3. Add wine and cook for 1 minute or until reduced by half. Add flour and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until mixture bubbles and thickens. Gradually add stock and 1 cup (250ml) water and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 25 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, preheat grill on high. Grill bread for 1–2 minutes each side or until toasted. Sprinkle 1 side of each piece of bread with cheese and grill for 1 minute or until cheese has melted.
  5. Serve soup topped with cheesy toasts and sage.


You can add 1 tbs brandy with wine in Step 3. Swap cheddar cheese for 60g goat’s cheese and omit grilling in Step 4.

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