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French Onion Soup (French: soupe à l'oignon) is a soup based primarily on onions (which may be caramelized or plain) and beef broth. The soup is usually served with croutons and cheese as toppings.

Although the soup is perhaps one of the oldest recipes in existence, dating as far back as perhaps the Roman Empire, it did not gain widespread popularity in the US until the 1960s when a ressurgence of French cooking swept over the country. In the US, it is often served completely covered with melted gruyère cheese and baguette-style bread. It may be altered to include vegetable broth for vegetarians and may be served without cheese for vegans.  
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Quick Tip by . June 02, 2010
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Quick Tip by . May 22, 2010
My fav is Applebees with all the melted cheese on top - delicious!!
review by . December 20, 2008
I love having French Onion Soup on a cold winter day. It's oven served piping hot, and must be allowed to cool a bit, otherwise you might burn your tongue just sipping it!    I like both the French-style and American-style of the soup. In France, they don't really cover the whole bowl with melted cheese and bake it for some time before serving. Instead, they add croutons and some cheese on top, and then serve. The American version, with the melted cheese covering the top, keeps …
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