British onion soup

Add some British ingredients to a classic French dish and voila, you have a whole new experience

  • Prep:30 mins
    Cook:1 hrs 15 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 451
  • fat 21g
  • saturates 12g
  • carbs 51g
  • sugars 22g
  • fibre 6g
  • protein 15g
  • salt 1.75g


  • 50g butter or 2 tbsp dripping
  • 1kg onions, finely sliced
  • 1 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • few sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3 fresh bay leaves
  • 150ml cider
  • 1l stock (vegetable or chicken, it's up to you)
  • 4 thick slices from a round country loaf
  • 100g mature cheddar, grated
  • large handful parsley, chopped


Or why not try...
Quartering onions and roasting them with olive oil and thyme


  1. Heat most of the butter or dripping in a pan, then add the onions, sugar and herbs. Season and cook, uncovered, over a low heat, stirring occasionally, for up to 40 mins until sticky and brown. pour in the cider and simmer until reduced by half. Pour in the stock, bring to the boil, then cook for 20 mins.

  2. To serve, heat the grill to high. Spread the bread on both sides with the remaining butter or dripping, then toast under the grill until golden. Scatter with cheese and place back under the grill until melted. Serve the soup in bowls with a slice of the toast floating in it, scattered generously with parsley.

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