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English Onion Soup With Sage And Cheddar

English Onion Soup With Sage And Cheddar


  • a good knob of butter
  • olive oil
  • a good handful fresh sage leaves, 8 leaves reserved for serving
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 5 red onions, peeled and crushed (about 2 pounds)
  • 3 large white onions, peeled and sliced
  • 3 banana shallots, peeled and sliced
  • 11 ounces leeks, trimmed, washed and sliced
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 quarts good-quality hot beef, chicken, or vegetable stock
  • 8 slices good-quality stale bread, 3/4 inch thick
  • 7 ounces freshly grated cheddar cheese
  • worcestershire sauce
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