This soup is very similar to a French onion soup. Onions are slowly cooked, before stock and seasonings are added. The soup is finished off with a slice of French bread and Gruyere cheese.
Good general recipe, however, I did not feel that chicken stock was appropriate for french onion soup. I used beef stock instead and also added a bit of sugar to the onions to help carmalize. Soup turned out very tasty and the family loved it. Thanks! - 27 Nov 2005 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
Absolutely delicious...worth the time. (It took me at least twice as long to cook the onions.) I loved the addition of bay and fresh thyme, which I had not put into french onion soup before. It's worth splurging on a very good cheese for this recipe. On to the inevitable substitutions. I did not have the port so I increased the amount on white wine. I wasn't confident my bowls could be put under the broiler, so I baked mine at 375 degrees for 15 minutes with fabulous results. Thanks, Phil! - 20 Oct 2005 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
This was amazing. I subbed beef stock for the chicken. Also used some sliced swiss in addition to the cheese called for. I didn't have any port so I subbed more of the white wine. I am a vegetarian, but I made an exception for this soup since my grandpa requested it. I'll try it again with veggie stock soon. Superior to restaurant quality. - 28 Apr 2009 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)