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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

French Onion Soup | Recipe | Soup

Mike never gets super excited when he asks what's for dinner and I reply, "Soup and Sandwiches."  Somehow this combo became known as lady's luncheon fare.  However, if I say "French Dips & French Onion Soup" it is a different story... he's thrilled.  Maybe it is the presence of beef, or a soup loaded with onions and topped with cheese that says 'manly meal?'

French Onion Soup couldn't be easier to make.  The only prep work is slicing some onions and pouring in various liquids.  It is a great quick dinner during the week, but also makes a very elegant first course for a dinner party.  This soup freezes nicely.  I like to freeze it in individual bowls, then reheat it with French Dip Sandwiches for a very quick dinner. 

French Onion Soup
serves 4-6

6 cups (3-4 onions) of yellow onions (vidalia, if available), halved and sliced
6 tablespoons of butter

64 oz. of Beef Broth (typically 1 box)
1 cup of red wine (optional)
3 bay leaves
1 teaspoon of fresh thyme leaves (1/2 teaspoon if dry)
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1 teaspoon of sugar (plus more, if desired)
crusty french bread
provolone cheese, sliced

Begin by cooking the onions in the butter in a deep pot on medium heat until they begin to caramelize and turn brown in color.  Stir them continuously while they cook to avoid burning.  It should take 10 minutes to caramelize the onions.  Add beef broth, wine, bay leaves, thyme, salt and sugar.  Bring to a simmer and heat for at least 15 minutes.  Lower heat.

To serve, ladle soup into an oven proof bowl.  Top it with a slice of crusty bread and provolone cheese.  Place under the broiler for 1-2 minutes until the cheese becomes bubbly.

I recommend serving it with a French Dip Sandwich.  Here is the recipe!


  1. Yum!! I want to make both of these recipes!!

  2. Great looking post. French Onion Soup is my youngest son's favorite which I find so funny.

  3. This is a beautiful photo of your french onion soup. I noticed it on Tastespotting. It looks so delicious!

  4. Thanks for the recipe! I made it tonight with the french dip and it was delicious :) Looking forward to trying out some of your other recipes.

  5. I found your website through Pinterest. I made this recipe tonight and my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to exploring your recipes and trying many more. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  6. PamelaClaire7:27 AM

    Made this last night. We loved it! Simple to make and delicious. Thanks!

  7. Made this on a weeknight. Can not believe how simple it was! Not very time consuming at all! And it's just as good, if not better than any French onion soup you get at a restaurant! :)

  8. This soup is really tasty and looks elegant.


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