Cut the onions so they are halved and then slice into strips (don’t dice!) and set aside in a bowl
Put the Instant Pot on Sauté and melt the butter and oil until it sizzles
Add the onions and brown sugar and stir regularly for about 10-15 minutes or until the onions have cooked down by about half and have become translucent and have a pasta-like consistency. Make sure they aren’t too firm or too mushy!
Add the broth, red wine, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, bay leaf, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Give it a stir and secure the lid. Hit “Manual” or “Pressure Cook” for 8 minutes. Quick release when done. Preheat your oven to broil while quick releasing. Taste the soup (but be careful – It’ll be hot!) and feel free to add additional salt and pepper as you see fit. But I think it’s perfect as is!
Ladle the soup into the crocks until it’s just below the brim. Layer the croutons on top of the soup so that it serves as a foundation for the cheese. Seal with 1-2 slices of Provolone (depending on how wide your crock is. Mine needs 2 to cover it properly but many will only need 1). And then layer a slice of Swiss or some shredded Gruyere (and a few flakes of the Asiago, if using). Leave some of the Swiss a little over the edges so when it bakes, it coats some of the side of the crock. Peeling the cheese off while eating is one of the best parts of the french onion soup experience! Sprinkle lightly with some paprika
Place the crock on a baking tray lined with tin foil and pop into the oven for 5 mins or until the top begins to bubble, turns slightly brown and forms a cheese-like crust
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (1420g)|
|Recipe Makes: 1 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 814 (67%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 90.5g||121 %|
|Saturated Fat 29.7g||149 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 24.4g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 31.1g|
|Cholesterol 91.5mg||28 %|
|Sodium 3295.6mg||114 %|
|Potassium 1443.1mg||38 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 83.4g||25 %|
|Dietary Fiber 11.2g||45 %|
|Sugars, other 72.2g|
|Protein 14g||20 %|
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Calories per serving: 1220
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