Fabulous French Onion Soup


  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 4 smaller sweet onions
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 3/4 cup red wine
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 slices thick french bread
  • 4 slices Gruyere cheese
  • 4 slices provolone cheese
  • Paprika for garnish
  • Add butter and oil to the Instant Pot. Using the display panel select the SAUTÉ function.
  • When butter is melted, add onion, brown sugar, thyme, garlic and bay leaf to the pot.
  • Cook and stir for 10-15 minutes until onions have cooked down by half and have a pasta-like consistency.
  • Add brandy to the pot and deglaze by using a wooden spoon to scrape any brown bits from the bottom of the pot.
  • Continue to cook and stir until alcohol has cooked off, then add red wine and warmed broth to the pot and stir.
  • Turn the pot off by selecting CANCEL , then secure the lid, making sure the vent is closed.
  • Using the display panel select the MANUAL or PRESSURE COOK function*. Use the +/- keys and program the Instant Pot for 8 minutes.
  • When the time is up, quick-release the remaining pressure. Remove and discard thyme stems and bay leaf. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Ladle the soup into crocks, place a slice of bread on each crock and a slice of cheese on each piece of bread. Sprinkle with paprika.
  • Put crocks on a baking sheet lined with foil and set under the broiler until the top begins to bubble and brown, 5-7 minutes.
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