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French onion soup becomes an all-out meal thanks to the pasta Rach adds in this easy one-pot recipe topped with cheesy croutons.
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For the cheesy croutons, preheat oven to 350˚F.
Melt butter in EVOO with garlic, swirl, toss with bread and arrange on baking sheet, toast to golden, add half of the cheeses and thyme, turn oven off and place tray back in oven to melt cheese and thyme onto the bread. Reserve the other half of the cheeses to stir into the pasta.
For the French onion pasta, in a pot over medium to medium-high heat, melt butter and oil together, add onions and season with bay, garlic, salt, black pepper, white pepper, and nutmeg, stir a few minutes to soften, then add water and let it absorb as you soften onions and cook to light caramel in color, 40 to 45 minutes. Add sherry or brandy and let it fully absorb, then add wine and let the alcohol cook out for a couple minutes. Add stock and pasta and bring to a boil, cook 10 to 12 minutes, stirring frequently to make sure none of the starch or sugars are sticking and browning at the bottom. When liquids are absorbed, remove from heat. Take out bay leaf and mix in the other half of the grated cheese leftover from the croutons. Top with cheesy croutons and thyme.