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  • Easy French Onion Soup Recipe
  • Easy French Onion Soup Recipe
  • Easy French Onion Soup Recipe
  • Easy French Onion Soup Recipe
  • Easy French Onion Soup Recipe
  • Easy French Onion Soup Recipe
  • Easy French Onion Soup Recipe
  • Easy French Onion Soup Recipe
  • Easy French Onion Soup Recipe
  • Easy French Onion Soup Recipe
  • Easy French Onion Soup Recipe
  • Easy French Onion Soup Recipe
  • Easy French Onion Soup Recipe
  • Easy French Onion Soup Recipe

Easy French Onion Soup Recipe

Food | March 12, 2016 | Nik Manojlovich
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  • 120 Minutes
  • 6
  • Moderate

A rich, flavourful soup topped with crusty French bread and melted Gruyère cheese, this easy FRENCH ONION SOUP recipe is perfect. Serve this onion soup as a starter or main course.

I’ve always loved soup and this easy FRENCH ONION SOUP recipe ranks as one of my top ten comfort foods of all time. It is easy to prepare and I especially like the simplicity – it’s all about the onions. But the soup’s topping is what gets the most attention, and rightly so. Who doesn’t love that stringy, melted Gruyère drooping from your spoon as you go to enjoy that first bite? It’s always, oh, so good.

Here are a few things I always do each time I make it:

1) BE PICKY – Since the flavour profile of this soup is all about the onions, use a variety. I find that sweeter onions like Vidalia, Spanish and Bermuda work best since they caramelize up so perfectly. I suggest not using red onions as they will colour your soup a dark brown.

2) SLICE NICE – Slice your onions thinly. Begin by cutting your onions in half lengthwise, then lay the onions cut side down and slice them as thinly as possible from base to tip. Feel free to use a vegetable mandoline if your knife skills are lacking.

3) BE PATIENT – Cook the onions down slowly with your cooktop on a low setting. This step takes time but is BROTH TIME – I’ve listed beef broth in this recipe because I think it the perfect base for a traditional onion soup. That said, be confident that a poultry or vegetarian stock will achieve the same superior results. Here’s a recipe for PURE VEGETABLE BROTH if you need one.

5) LIKE BUTTER – I find that a light swipe of butter across one side of the baguette before it goes into the oven creates crisp, golden toasts. If baguette is difficult to find, you can use a ciabatta bun sliced in the same fashion.

6) SAY CHEESE – Please use GRUYÈRE cheese exclusively for this soup – I swear it’s as if Gruyère was invented to be used in recipes with onions! Some recipes suggest other cheeses but I believe the true, authentic magic of this easy FRENCH ONION SOUP recipe will only be achieved using Gruyère.

Of course, a soup like this can be served as a first course but I often enjoy it on its own as a complete meal – remember, it’s rich and satiating. If you’d like something light but flavourful to go with it, I suggest our HEALTHY CHOPPED SALAD WITH KALE as well as my favourite CAESAR SALAD. Both will partner well with this beloved, classic dish!

This easy FRENCH ONION SOUP recipe is a crowd-pleasing favourite that always gets rave reviews. Enjoy!


Ingredients & Amounts

  • 2 Vidalia onions, sliced thinly
  • 2 Spanish onions, sliced thinly
  • 6 Bermuda onions, sliced thinly
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 sprig of fresh thyme
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 8 cups beef stock
  • salt to taste
  • 1 French baguette, thinly sliced
  • 3 cups Gruyère cheese, grated


  1. Heat butter and oil in a 4-quart pot over medium heat. Add onions, stir and reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions have reduced and are soft, about 60 minutes. Add wine, sugar and thyme and cook for an additional 30 minutes until onions are caramelized and browned. Remove and discard thyme.
  2. Add the beef broth and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium, season to taste with salt and pepper and simmer as you prepare toasts.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Thinly slice baguette on an angle. Lightly butter one side and arrange on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Transfer to oven until slices are toasted, about 15 minutes.
  4. Turn oven broiler on and position top rack in the middle of the oven. Ladle soup into ovenproof bowls and place on a baking sheet. Place 3 or 4 toast slices in each bowl on top of soup and sprinkle generously with grated cheese. Transfer to oven and broil until the top is browned and bubbly. Serve immediately.

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