This is a recipe for classic onion soup, rich, delicious, and ever so frugal! You'll pay far too much for this in a restaurant, so make it at home for Valentine's Day. This recipe makes 4 servings, because you will want more than one bowl!


You need:

1 large sweet onion
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
6 cups beef or vegetable broth
1 bay leaf
1/4 cup white wine, optional
4 baguette slices, toasted
1/2 to 1 cup shredded Gruyere or Swiss cheese


Slice the onion very thin. Melt butter and oil together in a wide, shallow pan. Add onions and stir to coat. Cook on medium to low heat, stirring occasionally, for 45 to 60 minutes. Do not burn. You want the onions to caramelize and soften. Add white wine and stir.

In another pan begin heating beef broth with the bay leaf. When wine has evaporated from the onions, scrape onions into the beef broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a bare simmer and continue to cook for 40 minutes.

Heat oven to 350. Evenly distribute cheese on baguette slices. Toast baguette for 3-5 minutes in the oven until cheese has melted.

Salt and pepper soup to taste, divide into serving bowls. Top with cheesy baguette slices and serve.