French Onion Soup

In this French onion soup, onions are slowly cooked with herbs, wine and beef broth. Ladled into bowls and topped with melty cheese.

One of my all time favorite soups, right here.

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Onions so tender they melt in your mouth, a rich broth and let’s not forget- the crouton floating on top that’s covered in copious amounts of melty cheese.

Back when I worked at the hospital, once in a while my good friend Ann and I would go to a restaurant on our lunch break, she’d order the French onion soup and me the clam chowder and we’d split an order of their beer battered onion rings. I was always a little leery of French onion soup because, hello all those onions- but Ann would go on and on about how it’s her favorite and one day when I decided to give it a try, I’d fall in love with it too.

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Ann was right. One afternoon while out having lunch with my mom, I decided to order it and years later, I have no regrets. None.

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Nowadays when I make French onion soup at home, I like to use both red and yellow onions. You could do all yellow if you’d like but I think they both offer something good. Either way, you’ll need 3 pounds total.

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Trim and slice all the onions in to thin strips.

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Melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a heavy bottomed pot on medium heat.

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Add in the onions…

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Two sprigs of fresh thyme and 2 bay leaves.

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Lastly, add in the minced fresh garlic and a pinch of kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Toss in the melted butter and cook, covered for 30 minutes- stirring half way through.

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This is what the onions should look like at the 30 minute mark. Now you can leave the pot uncovered and stir every 15 minutes for another hour.

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Once it’s been an hour and a half, I usually crank up the heat to medium-high to finish caramelizing the onions for 15 minutes.

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^Like this!

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Next pour in the wine, and cook (stirring as you go) until the wine has reduce by half. Then pour in 4 cups of both beef broth and chicken broth.

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Stir and bring the soup to a bubble, reduce to low and simmer the soup for 30 minutes.

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Mean while slice a loaf of French bread…

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…grate up the Gruyere…

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…and place 4 to 6 oven-safe soup bowls/ramekins onto a rimmed, metal sheet pan.

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Once the soup is finished, taste and season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. For me it was 1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, but you can season to your liking.

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Ladle about a half cup of the soup into each of the bowls.

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YUM!

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Then top the soup with a slice of the French bread.

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Top with a little cheese…

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More soup…

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Another slice of French bread…

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Then divide the remaining cheese among the bowl and puhlease just eyeball it.

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Slide the pan underneath a preheated broiler and broil for  1 to 2 minutes or until the cheese is melty and golden in spots. Watch carefully and rotate the pan to ensure even cheese meltage.

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I top ours with fresh snipped chives, if I have them and more black pepper once I break through the cheesy bread barrier.

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There’s nothing like a bowl of French onion soup to warm you up on a cold and snowy winter’s day.

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Or any day for that matter.

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Plus there’s cheese strings for days!!!

What’s your favorite soup??

Enjoy! And if you give this French Onion Soup recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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Yield: 6 servings

French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup
A savory classic! French onion soup topped with bread and loaded with gruyere cheese.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 pounds onions, sliced (I use a mixture of red and yellow onions)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine (like merlot, malbec or cabernet)
  • 4 cups (1 quart) beef broth
  • 4 cups (1 quart) low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 French baguette, sliced (about 12 slices)
  • 3 cups grated Gruyere cheese
  • Kosher salt
  • Black Pepper

Instructions

Place oven-safe bowl or crocks on a rimmed baking sheet.

Over medium heat, melt the butter in a heavy bottom pot. Add in the onions, garlic, thyme, bay leaves and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cover and cook for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through.

Uncover and continue to cook, stirring occasionally for an additional hour. Increase the heat under the pot to medium-high until the onions are a deep golden brown, about 15 minutes. Pour in the wine and reduce by half.

Then pour in the beef and chicken broth and bring to a simmer. Once bubbly, reduce the heat to low and simmer, uncovered for 30 minutes. Taste and season with kosher salt and black pepper. (for me it was 1-1/2 teaspoons of kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper)

Ladle about a half cup of the soup into the crocks. Place one slice of french bread onto soup, top with a little cheese and then ladle in more soup. Float another slice of bread on top and divide the remaining cheese over top. note: the two slices of bread is totally optional, we love it but you can of course do the one slice.

Preheat your broiler, once hot- slide the pan holding the soups underneath. Broil until the cheese has melted and is slightly golden brown.

Top with snipped fresh chives and serve immediately.

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58 Responses to “French Onion Soup”

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    Mary Ann Carlson — February 29, 2016 at 1:12 am

    We love lentil and chicken noodle soups! This pot would make them even better.

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    Mary Ann Carlson — February 29, 2016 at 1:14 am

    This pot would encourage me to be even more creative with my next soup!

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    Starla B — February 29, 2016 at 1:14 am

    I have got to say- that looks delicious and your pictures are gorgeous! I need to give this recipe a go ASAP! My favorite go to soup has been potato soup lately! Yum!

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    Natalie J Vandenberghe — February 29, 2016 at 1:47 am

    I love so many soups! Potato soup is a favorite, as is bean soup, chili, and hamburger/taco soup.

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    Philby — February 29, 2016 at 1:51 am

    I love a good clam chowder!

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    Katie Crook — February 29, 2016 at 2:20 am

    Looks delicious! I’ve always been intimidated at the thought of making this soup, but your photos make it look easy! Thanks!!

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    KathrynR — February 29, 2016 at 2:32 am

    My fave winter soup is Navy Bean and Ham!

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    Karen — February 29, 2016 at 3:05 am

    My fave is Tomato Soup, with, of course, a side of grilled cheese!

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    teri — February 29, 2016 at 3:17 am

    Wintermelon Soup 🙂

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    Judy G — February 29, 2016 at 4:12 am

    Good old fashioned Chicken Noodle soup, although this Onion Soup looks devine.

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    Karen B — February 29, 2016 at 5:38 am

    I know you are talking about it but it is french onion because of the cheese.
    Next it would be potato soup because of the cheese.

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    Anna Heller — February 29, 2016 at 5:39 am

    I always thought caramelization worked better in “stick” rather than “nonstick” pans so that more fond forms. Does anyone sense any difference?

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — February 29th, 2016 @ 10:47 am

      It works in either pan! Perhaps faster in a stainless or cast iron?

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    Lauren hm — February 29, 2016 at 7:11 am

    Chicken noodle soup

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    Linda — February 29, 2016 at 7:28 am

    I love this soup ,chicken soup etc. thanks.

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    Marsha A. — February 29, 2016 at 7:34 am

    Potato Leek is my go to soup

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    Lisa Roter — February 29, 2016 at 7:55 am

    Roasted red pepper soup!

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    Heather Taylor — February 29, 2016 at 8:15 am

    I love broccoli cheddar soup!

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    Melissa F — February 29, 2016 at 8:18 am

    I love all things soup. My favorite soup though is potato topped with a little cheese of course. I never made French Onion soup. I don’t know why but I will be putting it on my list to make soon.

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    Janet T — February 29, 2016 at 8:25 am

    My favorite winter soup is chicken noodle.

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    Sandra Meyerhoeffer — February 29, 2016 at 8:31 am

    My favorite is butternut squash- even though I never attempt to make it, I always appreciate a good one!

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    ali — February 29, 2016 at 8:31 am

    lentil soup is an easy go to soup for me!

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    Ginger — February 29, 2016 at 8:46 am

    I adore french onion soup – the key to it however is a rich beefy broth with wonderfully aromatic onions, amazingingly crusty bread and really goood cheese.

    I also like making “Million Dollar Chicken” (http://allrecipes.com/recipe/233953/million-dollar-chicken/) and using the leftover chicken and creme fraiche to make a sinfully delicious chicken soup. I add mushrooms and onions and whatever else I might have on hand, and wow – just wow!

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    Jennifer S — February 29, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Mexican chicken soup! But would likely be this onion soup if I could get anyone else in my house to smarten up and eat it!

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    Amanda — February 29, 2016 at 9:10 am

    I’m not sure if it counts as a soup but my go-to for winter is Chocolate Chipotle Chili.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — February 29th, 2016 @ 10:49 am

      Oooh totally counts! I would LOVE the recipe if you wouldn’t mind emailing it to me (simplyscratchrecipes@yahoo.com)? I’d so appreciate it! Sounds amazing!

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — February 29, 2016 at 9:29 am

    My fave winter soup is a cheesy chicken potato chowder recipe I have-soooo good! (But this french onion soup looks OUTSTANDING!)

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — February 29th, 2016 @ 10:43 am

      Thank you Kayle! <3

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    Beth L — February 29, 2016 at 9:36 am

    Cheesy potato soup!!

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    Abby Roff — February 29, 2016 at 9:36 am

    My favorite winter soup is Beer Cheese!!

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    Carolann — February 29, 2016 at 9:42 am

    My favorite winter soup would have to be French Onion! Truth be told, I love it in the summer too! Love this recipe. Can’t wait to try it!

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    Deb — February 29, 2016 at 9:43 am

    I adore soup; the end result is tasty but the process is calming. My all time favorite is beef-vegetable soup with barley.

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    Tara F — February 29, 2016 at 10:00 am

    My favorite summer soup: minestrone with fresh veggies from the garden.
    My favorite winter soup: reuben soup…however I’ve yet to find a recipe that is as good as my favorite restaurant’s version.

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    Lindsay — February 29, 2016 at 10:11 am

    I love lentil soup and butternut squash soup

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    Amy — February 29, 2016 at 10:23 am

    That soup looks so good. I think my 2 year old will like it too. I’m adding it to my meals for next week. Thanks!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — February 29th, 2016 @ 10:50 am

      Awesome Amy! Let me know how it goes over! Enjoy!

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    Mary — February 29, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Since I love my granddaughter, my favorite soup is a butternut squash soup

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    Nora — February 29, 2016 at 11:14 am

    Today I would say broccoli cheddar. Tomorrow I might say clam chowder. I love soup, stew, chili….!

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    claudia davis — February 29, 2016 at 11:32 am

    I love love love tomato soup…I usually add some pasta like orzo to it and sometimes shredded chicken. So yummy.

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    Jamie Y. — February 29, 2016 at 11:49 am

    I love a good chicken noodle soup or chicken pot pie soup!

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    Trisha — February 29, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    smoked sausage and lentil – it’s incredible and even hubby who hates soup and lentils loves it!

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    Leslie — February 29, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    I make a great vegetable beef soup. It’s great to freeze for cold days!

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    Denimo — February 29, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Favorite soup??? That’s a toughie as soup is one of my fave things to eat. I’d have to say my top soup is… vegetable. A good veggie soup just warms the soul.

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    Abby L — February 29, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    That soup looks to die for! My favorite soup is cheesy truffle potato soup! Yum!

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    Kristen — February 29, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    Broccoli cheddar soup with sourdough bread to dip, dunk and scoop the bowl clean is the best!

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    Barb — February 29, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    Pasta e Fagioli!

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    Kim Henrichs — February 29, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    That looks amazing!! Right now my fave is tortellini chicken soup!

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    Annette — February 29, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    I can’t tell you the last time I had French Onion Soup. It used to be a favorite of mine – don’t know why I haven’t eaten it lately. Currently, my favorite soup is Tuscan Vegetable Soup.

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    Laura Neff — February 29, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    I love making chili in the winter time, especially my Dr. Pepper Chili.

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    Susan — February 29, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    This sounds yummy, especially with all that yummy cheese and bread!!

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    jan — February 29, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    YUM! Our favorite soup is tomato basil… this recipe looks like something my family would love!

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    Patricia @ ButterYum — February 29, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    Your recipe looks amazing, I absolutely love that this line of cookware is induction-friendly. Definitely need to get one! So your email mentioned an all-clad giveaway, but I don’t see anything in your post about a giveaway. Am I missing something?

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — March 1st, 2016 @ 8:53 am

      Hi Patricia! There was a slight misunderstanding, and this is a review (only) post on the pan and not a giveaway. I realized this (apparently after the post emails go out) and corrected everything. So sorry for the confusion!!

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    Naomi — March 1, 2016 at 12:05 am

    That soup looks delicious! My favorite soup is chicken noodle soup!

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    Kim Cobb — March 1, 2016 at 6:05 am

    Looks yummy…can’t wait to give it a try. It is my daughter’s favorite soup

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    Harmony b — March 1, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    Chicken tortilla soup. Need a little spice to keep me warm

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    Carly — March 1, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    Broccoli cheese. SO good,

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    Katerina — March 5, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Fav winter soup is chicken noodle.

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