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French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup


French onion soup is one of my favorite soups. It’s comforting, rich, and perfect for a rainy day. I serve this with a green salad…it’s always a big hit with my whole family.

How to Make French Onion Soup:


  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 cups of yellow onions, thinly sliced (3-4 large onions)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced

Heat olive oil & butter in a dutch oven pot over medium heat. Add onions, salt, and sugar then cook, stirring occasionally, until caramelized & tender, about 45 minutes. Add a bit of water if they get dry.

Once the onions are caramelized add the minced garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for about 60 seconds.

Other Ingredients:

  • 8 cups of beef broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Add the above ingredients to the onions, and simmer over medium-low heat for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Taste & re-season if needed.

  • Baguette slices, toasted (1 or 2 per bowl)
  • 2 cups of Swiss cheese or Gruyere cheese, shredded

Divide the soup among 4 ovenproof bowls.

Arrange toasted baguette slices on top of the soup and sprinkle with shredded cheese. Place bowls on a cookie sheet lined with tin foil and place under a preheated broiler; cook until cheese melts and forms a crust over the tops of the bowls. Serve immediately. Enjoy.

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  1. YUM. I love how simple this recipe is – just such full focus on those sweet onions!

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  2. Mmmm I love French onion soup. The best part is the crusty bread swollen with savory onion goodness.

  3. I’ve never been fond of onion soup, but you have just convinced me that I should give it a try – especially your recipe.

  4. Delicious looking soup! Ya know, it’s funny, I hate onions in anything else but I LOOOVE onion soup!