French Canadian Interview Project

French Onion SoupFrench Onion Soup


  • 2 tbsp. oleo
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • ¼ tsp. dry mustard
  • 2 cups onions, sliced
  • 4 cups hot water
  • 2 tbsp. meat extract paste or 6 beef bouillon cubes
  • 4 slices butter French bread
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Melt oleo in a large saucepan; blend in sugar and mustard. Add onion; cook over low heat, stirring frequently, about 15 minutes or until tender but not brown. Pour in water; bring to boil. Blend in and dissolve meat extract (for rich dark soup) or bouillon cubes (for alight, delicately-flavored soup). Simmer uncovered about 15 minutes. Pour into individual heat-proof serving bowls. Top with slices of bread; sprinkle with cheese. Broil 3 inches from heat 2-3 minutes or until cheese is golden brown.