Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Soup Casserole

Any time I am out to eat at a restaurant that offers French Onion Soup, I order it. No matter what. I'm a huge fan of french onion soup and although I know it's probably not the healthiest of soups, I can't resist it. I recently came across a recipe for a French Onion Soup Casserole and knew I had to try it. The recipe came from Instructables.They describe the dish as the 'Best Thanksgiving Side dish ever' and while I can't disagree, I think this casserole is great for any occasion. 

2-3 Tbs Butter or Margarine
3 large sweet onions or 4 medium white or yellow onions
2 c. shredded Swiss cheese (8 oz.)
1 can cream of chicken soup, undiluted**
2/3 c. milk
1 tsp. soy sauce
8 or so slices of French bread

**You can substitute cream of mushroom soup for cream of chicken to make vegetarian.

I began by sauteing chopped onions in butter.

Meanwhile, I heatd the soup, milk and soy sauce in a sauce pan.

As the onions began slightly browning and becoming clear, I pulled them off the heat and began layering them in a casserole dish with salt and pepper to taste, and some of the cheese.

After the soup/milk mixture was heated and almost to a boil, I poured it directly into the onions and cheese. Next I layered sliced baguettes atop the casserole.

I baked the casserole at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. The bread just began browning and I pushed the bread into the casserole and topped it off with - you guessed it - more cheese.

I baked the casserole for another 15 minutes and it was done. I probably put too much cheese on top of the casserole. It was a bit greasy which I wasn't thrilled about. I would recommend a light dusting of cheese rather than suffocating the casserole in cheese.

We ate the french onion soup casserole along side a baked pork chop. If you are a fan of onions - you will love this casserole!

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