French Onion Soup

10 Apr

What to do with an abundance of onions??? Make French Onion soup of course!!! I’m sure you have all had this delicious soup once or twice in your lives. It’s a caramelized onion and beef broth based soup topped with croutons and cheese.  It’s hard to believe this used to be known as the poor mans soup. I would pay good money for a bowl of this tasty stuff. In fact I would pay good money for anything with caramelized onions. Luckily I found a great recipe so I don’t have to pay anything at all and I can have it whenever I want. 🙂 It’s really one of those soups that are impossible to mess up. That’s probably why it tastes so good at every diner and deli you go to. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

French Onion Soup


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 4 onions, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 fresh thyme sprigs
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 3 heaping tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 quarts beef broth
  • homemade croutons
  • 1/2 pound grated Gruyere


Melt the stick of butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, bay leaves, thyme, and salt and pepper and cook until the onions are very soft and caramelized, about 25 minutes. Add the wine, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until the wine has evaporated and the onions are dry, about 5 minutes. Discard the bay leaves and thyme sprigs. Dust the onions with the flour and give them a stir. Turn the heat down to medium low so the flour doesn’t burn, and cook for 10 minutes to cook out the raw flour taste. Now add the beef broth, bring the soup back to a simmer, and cook for 10 minutes. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.

When you’re ready to eat, preheat the broiler. Ladle the soup into bowls, top each with croutons and grated cheese. Put the bowls into the oven to melt the cheese.

* For the croutons: Cut day old french bread into cubes. Drizzle olive oil and dried herbs of your choice onto bread. Bake for 10-15 min in a 350 degree oven.

20 Responses to “French Onion Soup”

  1. Debs @ The Spanish Wok April 12, 2012 at 1:39 am #

    Oh yum, who does’t love french onion soup, thanks.

    You are welcome to join in my monthly food blogger event THE SOUP KITCHEN, here all bloggers are welcome, hope to see you participate soon. April is Chinese Soup. Different theme each month.

  2. Bobbi April 15, 2012 at 11:03 am #

    Oh man does that look good. What kind of camera do you have and where did you get those cute crocks? 🙂 Thanks, found you from Pinterest!

    • wintermonroe April 16, 2012 at 10:47 am #

      Hey! Thanks for reading my blog 🙂 I use a cannon 60D and I got the cocottes as a gift. They are Le Creuset so I imagine you can get them at William Sonoma or Sur La Table, I love them they are so cute and handy!!!

      • Bobbi Dougherty April 23, 2012 at 11:52 am #

        Thank you so much. 🙂 Great blog!

  3. Anonymous April 17, 2012 at 6:10 am #

    This looks great!
    How many servings does this recipe make?

  4. Terra Baltosiewich (@CafeTerraBlog) May 17, 2012 at 8:26 pm #

    This is one of my most favorite soups, it is just way too delicious!!! I love your gorgeous pots too, I may need to get some:-) Take care, Terra

  5. Rebekah May 18, 2012 at 6:35 am #

    Your pictures are fantastic! I love everything about those dishes too…perfect!

  6. Belinda Black May 24, 2012 at 7:49 pm #

    Wow this looks beautiful. Where did you get your green bowls from?

  7. Anonymous May 25, 2012 at 9:43 pm #

    I just finished making this soup…its absolutely delicious!!

  8. butta (@butta) July 24, 2012 at 1:05 am #

    How many people do this serve???

  9. Monica November 16, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

    Have you tried using anything besides beef stock? I’m curious because my husband and I are vegetarians and would prefer not to use beef stock. Just wondering if you think, or know from experience, if vegetable broth would work just fine or maybe something else?

  10. Scott J. Sloan March 19, 2014 at 2:45 pm #

    Your soup looks amazing. Where did you purchase the soup bowls?

  11. jennifer June 21, 2014 at 6:54 am #

    What fresh chopped herb is sprinkled on top?


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