Caramelised Onion and Ale Soup with Beef Strips

    30 min

    Sweet, golden-cooked onions add richness to brown ale and beef stock for this satisfying soup topped with tender strips of seared steak. Ready in no time, it's perfect with crusty French baguettes. Delicious!

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    Serves: 4 

    • 30g butter
    • 2 tbsp olive oil
    • 500g onions, thinly sliced
    • 2 tsp caster sugar
    • 300g fillet steak, cut into 2cm thick slices
    • 1 garlic clove, crushed
    • 250ml brown ale
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 700ml beef stock, made with stock cubes
    • 2 tbsp chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. In a large, heavy-based pan, heat the butter and 1 1/2 tbsp oil, then stir in the onions and sugar. Cover the pan with a lid and cook, stirring occasionally, over a medium heat, for 10 minutes. Remove the lid, turn up the heat a little and cook, stirring frequently, for a further 5 minutes or until the onions are softened and golden brown.
    2. While the onions are caramelising, heat a heavy frying pan until very hot. Brush the steak slices with the remaining oil and season lightly. Fry for about 3 minutes on each side, turning once, until golden brown but still pink inside. Remove from the heat and cover with a sheet of foil to keep warm.
    3. Add the garlic, ale and bay leaf to the onions. Bring to the boil, then simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Add the stock, season, then return to the boil.
    4. Slice the steak pieces into thin ribbon strips, adding any juices to the soup. Discard the bay leaf. Ladle the soup into wide bowls and place a pile of meat strips in the centre of each. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.


    For ale, use extra stock with 1-2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce. * For bay leaf, use a sprig of fresh thyme.

    …use it up

    If you have some leftover roast beef or lamb you can use it instead of the steak. Slice into thin ribbons and add to the soup for the last 2-3 minutes of cooking to heat through.

    …get ahead

    The basic onion soup can be made up to two days in advance. Cool quickly, cover and store in the fridge. The steak can be cooked at the time of serving.

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