my best friend was in the hospital, on a clear liquid diet for 8 days the beef and chicken broth were absolutely nasty!!!!!! i asked/told the nurse i was going home and cooking her food and bringing it back. nurse said as long as it was clear, it was good. so i made this. didnt have the time to make it in the crock, so i tossed the onions and butter into my cast iron dutch oven for an hour and then added the rest of the stuff, and cooked for another hour. so in 2 hours, i had some of the BEST french onion soup i have ever had! and bgf was in heaven!!!!!!!! and she didnt even get the bread and cheese lol. have made this a few more times, still in the dutch oven. come winter, i am going to try it in the crockpot.