cut onions in half and slice with the grain 1/8 in thick. Melt butter and add sliced onions saute slowly for 20 minutes, stirring often.
Add paprika, bay leaves and flour mix well keeping flame low. Stir while cooking for 5 minutes.
gradually add the HOT beef broth while stirring with preferably a wooden spoon, simmer soup covered for 30 minutes. Taste soup and season as desired with salt.
serving suggestion....fill oven safe soup bowls or soup crocks with 8 oz soup, Top with french bread and place a slice of swiss cheese on bread and place under broiler till cheese is melted and golden brown