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French Onion Soup

Day two of soup week was a SUCCESS!! Whew! I was slightly concerned because I was attempting French Onion Soup! This soup is kind of needy; it needs your constant attention within the first 30 to 40 minutes of its soup life. However, if you do it right, the final two hours are smooth sailing. I personally love French Onion Soup, but it has not been a life long obsession; I credit my love for this tasty concoction to my boyfriend Nick, who is a huge fan! I tried it very early on in our relationship when he ordered it. If you have never tried it, make it yourself and treat yourself to this sweet tasty piece of soup heaven.


Servings: 8 cups; Serving Size: 1 cup

Here are the ingredients you will need:

  • 3 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 LARGE sweet onion, thinly sliced 
    • you want the onion to yield 4 cups... if you need 2 onions, then get two
  • 1 LARGE red onion, thinly sliced 
    • same as above - you need 4 cups
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 8 cups beef broth
  • 8 (1 ounce) slices French bread, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 8 slices Swiss Cheese [I doubled it, because I wanted more cheese!!]
  • Heat olive oil in a large stock pot over medium - high heat
  • Add the onions to the pan, saute for 5 minutes or until translucent and tender
  • Stir in sugar, pepper, and salt
  • Reduce heat to medium, cook 20 minutes, stirring frequently
  • Increase the heat to medium - high, and saute for 5 minutes or until the onion is golden brown
  • Stir in wine and cook for 1 minute
  • Add broth and bring to a boil
  • Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 2 hours
  • When the 2 hours have elapsed, preheat the broiler [high]
  • Place bread in a single layer on a slightly greased baking sheet; broil 2 minutes or until toasted, turning after 1 minute
  • Place 4 oven proof crocks in a jelly-roll pan [just a pan that has a slightly deeper bottom]
  • Ladle 1 cup [or 2] soup into each crocks
  • Divide bread evenly among crocks; top each crock with a slice or two of of cheese
  • Broil 3 to 5 minutes or until the cheese begins to brown
This recipe is supposed to yield 8 servings. If you can eat only one cup, one ounce of cubed bread and one slice of cheese, the soup is not so bad in the healthy category. If you're interested in the nutritional value, it's noted below. If you end up eating two servings, just double it and make sure to kick up your activity level! Like I mentioned above, this soup is one of my favorites. The only problem I have with it - anywhere I find it - is the cheese clumping into one large ball in my dish. I am not sure how to fix it; and, while I love cheese I cannot eat one large clumped ball of it in my soup. If I find a solution, I'll post it! Other than that small problem with any French Onion Soup, this was such a terrific dinner and had wonderful flavor! 
Until Next Time,
Happy Soup-Making! :)
Nutritional Value
[for 1 cup soup, 1 ounce cubed bread, and 1 slice of cheese]
Calories: 290
Fat: 9.6 g
Protein: 16.8 g
Carbohydrate: 33.4 g
Fiber 3.1 g
Sodium: 359 mg


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Reader Comments (8)

I'm not sure if this might help but maybe shredding the cheese could make a difference.In my mind (which isn't always the brightest)I'm thinking you might be able to distribute it more. Hope this works well for you if you try it.

March 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPat

Mmmm. French Onion Soup is delicious ... but sadly I rarely eat it. I honestly think it's the whole gob'o'cheese that makes it awkward to eat. Perhaps making it at home I won't be as worried about hacking into the ball'o'fromage like I would in a restaurant.

Btw, your soup bowls look EXACTLY like the French onion soup bowls my mom used to use when I was a kid. Funny how I can remember what the bowls looked like 20+ years ago yet I can't remember where I put my phone. ;)

Your soup looks like I just need to take out the spoon and start my dinner. Well done I love French onion soup. My husband is actually the French onion soup expert in the house but I believe that he uses shredded Gruyere for the cheese.

April 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChris's Gourmet Fashion

@ Chris, I think Gruyere would be perfect. And, I love that you shred your cheese! I am totally doing that next time!

That leads me to @Laurie. Aside from my house smelling like onion for the entire next day, the one thing I cannot stand in the glob of cheese! My mom actually suggested I shred it so the next time I make it I am totally putting those pearls of wisdom to use. If you give it a try, shred the cheese! As far as my little crocks, I took them from my mom! They are probably that old! The box looked like something out of the 80s. But I loved them so I had to have them!! :)

Thanks for the comments guys. I hope you keep perusing my blog! Don't forget to "like" me on facebook!! :)

April 19, 2011 | Registered CommenterCooking With Mel

I wanna dive head first into one of those bowls! I love French Onion Soup---I've been to chicken to try to make it. It's been so fabulous when I've gotten out that I figured better not. NOW I'm all over it! Thanks!!!!

How funny- I just made French Onion Soup for the first time as well this week! I've got to say though, I happen to love the big ball of cheese :) My only thought on it is that maybe you just have to make sure the soup is really hot so you're able to take a small portion of it with your spoon (as it's melted and still pliable), instead of getting a huge chunk of cheese. Your soup came out very well!

April 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCulinarication

I am emphatically in love with French Onion Soup, so, of course, I had to check this out! In fact, I love this soup so much that I currently own about 4 different kinds of French Onion Soup bowls!! Lol Do you think that's too much?! ;-P I have a set of blue ones that are very similar to your brown ones; I have a couple from World Market, which I love; a couple of black with white polka dots ones that came as a soup and sandwich set; and then some clear glass ones! And I've used them all!! :-D
For your cheese issue... I make my bread into croutons and cover the entire top of the soup with them. I don't normally like soggy bread, but when it's soaked with French Onion Soup yumminess, I love it! So, I add a little bit more liquid to the bowls and then add lots of croutons - mine comes all the way to the top. Then, I layer sliced Provolone cheese on top of those and sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. It's divine! I have my recipe posted on my blog, if you'd like to check it out... (

I sooooo love French Onion Soup, and yours looks fantastic, Mel!!

Have a great weekend!

August 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTanja@tanjascookingcorner

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