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Classic French Onion Soup

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"A favorite soup recipe - Classic French Onion Soup...."

1.5 lbs. (about 5 cups) peeled and thinly sliced yellow onions -- approximately 4-5 large onions
4 Tbsp. olive oil (or Julia prefers butter!)
1/4 tsp. sugar
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 Tbsp. flour
8 cups of beef stock or chicken stock (or a combination of the two)
1/2 cup dry white wine or dry white vermouth
1 tsp. worcestershire sauce (optional)
1 bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon of dry thyme
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
toasted french bread, or croutons
1-2 cups of grated Swiss Gruyere (or Asagio, Swiss, Mozzarella or Parmesan) cheese
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