French onion soup

French onion soup

By Food E Fare

French Onion Soup is a classic and comforting soup originating from France. It is known for its rich and flavorful broth made from caramelized onions, which are simmered in a beef or vegetable broth and typically served with toasted bread and melted cheese on top. The soup has a sweet and savory taste due to the slow-cooked caramelization of onions. Here's a basic recipe for French Onion Soup:


  • 4 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine (optional)
  • 8 cups beef or vegetable broth
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • French baguette, sliced
  • Gruyère or Swiss cheese, grated


Caramelize the Onions:

  • In a large pot, melt butter and olive oil over medium heat. Add the thinly sliced onions and cook, stirring frequently, until the onions are soft and golden brown.
  • Sprinkle sugar over the onions to aid in caramelization. Continue cooking until the onions are deeply caramelized, which can take about 30-40 minutes.

Deglaze with Wine (Optional):

  • Pour in the white wine to deglaze the pot, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom. Cook for a few minutes until the wine evaporates.

Add Garlic and Broth:

  • Add minced garlic to the pot and cook for a minute until fragrant. Pour in the beef or vegetable broth. Bring the mixture to a simmer.

Season and Simmer:

  • Season the soup with salt and black pepper to taste. Reduce the heat to low and let the soup simmer for about 20-30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.

Prepare Toasted Bread (optional):

  • While the soup simmers, preheat the oven broiler. Toast slices of French baguette until they are golden brown.

Serve the Soup:

  • Ladle the hot soup into oven-safe bowls. Place a slice of toasted bread on top of each bowl.

Add Cheese:

  • Sprinkle a generous amount of grated Gruyère or Swiss cheese over the bread.


  • Place the soup bowls under the broiler until the cheese is melted and bubbly, with a golden-brown crust.

Serve Hot:

  • Carefully remove the bowls from the oven and serve the French Onion Soup hot.

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