Caramelized French Onion Soup Recipe
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Caramelized French Onion Soup Recipe

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Carmelized onions give a touch of sweetness to this popular soup, topped with toasted cheese bread. "It’s an easy version of an updated classic," says Pat Stevens from Granbury, Texas.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-1/3 cups beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon white wine or water
  • Coarsely ground pepper to taste
  • 2 slices French bread (1 inch thick)
  • 1/3 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cup: 272 calories, 14g fat (9g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 960mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 2g fiber), 13g protein .


  1. In a saucepan, saute onion in butter until tender. Sprinkle with sugar and Worcestershire sauce; cook and stir for 13-15 minutes or until onion is caramelized.
  2. Add the broth, wine or water and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Place bread on an ungreased baking sheet. Broil 4 in. from the heat until toasted. Turn; sprinkle with cheeses. Broil until cheese is melted and bubbly. Ladle soup into bowls; top with toast. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Caramelized French Onion Soup in Cooking for 2 Spring 2007, p44

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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sandy93901 99760
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2013

"I really liked this recipe. I did add some dried thyme and tablespoon of Marsala wine. Very tasty!"

BruJoy 161701
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2012

"Easy and delicious! Hubby really liked it! However, it makes very small servings so I will double the recipe next time as we often use soup as our main meal for supper. It's a keeper!!"

Sethbookert 66514
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2012

"This recipe is really good and quick and easy too! I added a bay leaf, a clove of garlic and a dash of nutmeg to give it even richer flavor."

danielleylee 145651
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2011

"This is a perfect recipe were there are no left overs!! We used gruyere cheese instead of parm or swiss."

shirley Borgerding 92937
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2011

"This has nice balance of sweet and hearty--good for a luncheon with a large salad"

JbellV 92935
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2010

"I tried many french onion soup recipes,and finally tried this one. My husband absolutely loves this recipe. its one of our favorites!"

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