Make a Hearty, Meaty, and Cheesy Soup

Rainy weather calls for a warm bowl of classic French onion soup. This broth is rich and meaty (hello, ribeye steaks!) and of course lots of spongy, cheesy goodness all bubbly and gooey on top.

Ultimate Ribeye French Onion Soup

Serves 4–6
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 3 hours+


FOR THE SOUP

  • 2 ½ pounds thick cut bone-in ribeye steaks
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 large onions, sliced roughly, 10–11 cups
  • 4 to 5 sprigs fresh lemon (or regular) thyme
  • 2 cups dry white wine
  • 8 cups low-sodium beef stock
  • Water as needed
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste

FOR THE TOPPING

  • 1 12-ounce loaf artisan bread, sliced into 12 pieces
  • 2 cups shredded white cheddar
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan

Ribeye French Onion Soup

THE METHOD

Heat a large, heavy-bottom pot such as an enamel-covered cast iron over medium to medium-high heat. Sear the seasoned ribeyes on both sides in the butter and olive oil. Once the ribeyes are nicely browned, remove and add sliced onions and thyme to the pan. Sauté 7 to 10 minutes until onions are tender. Slice steak off of the bones, and add the bones to the pot. Chop the meat and fat into roughly 1-inch pieces, and add to the onions. Cover with beef stock, and simmer on low for a minimum of 3 hours, making sure to stir the pot often. The meat will become very tender, and the bones will flavor the soup incredibly. The bits of fat will melt into the soup. While the soup cooks, toast the bread in a 425-degree oven for 6 minutes.

To serve, discard the bones, and spoon the soup into 4 ovenproof vessels. Top with a slice or two of toast, and cover with a few tablespoons of cheese. Broil 1–2 minutes until cheese is browned and bubbly. Be very careful; it can burn quickly.

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