Four-Onion Soup Recipe
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Four-Onion Soup Recipe

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This mellow, rich-tasting onion soup is such a main-stay for our family that I felt compelled to share the recipe. Topped with toasted French bread and melted cheese, it's special to serve. -Margaret Adams, Pacific Grove, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Cook: 50 min.
MAKES:6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Cook: 50 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 1 medium leek (white portion only)
  • 5 green onions with tops
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) beef broth
  • 1 can (10-1/2 ounces) condensed beef consomme, undiluted
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese
  • 6 slices French bread (3/4 inch thick), toasted
  • 6 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 197 calories, 10 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 29 mg cholesterol, 783 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 10 g protein.


  1. Slice all onions 1/4 in. thick. In a large saucepan over medium-low heat, saute onions and garlic in butter for 15 minutes or until tender and golden, stirring occasionally. Add broth, consomme, Worcestershire sauce and nutmeg; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  2. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of Swiss cheese in the bottom of six oven-proof 8-oz. bowls. Ladle hot soup into bowls. Top each with a slice of bread. Sprinkle with remaining Swiss cheese and Parmesan cheese if desired.
  3. Broil 6-8 in. from the heat or until cheese melts. Serve immediately. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Four-Onion Soup in Taste of Home October/November 1996, p25

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Reviewed Apr. 1, 2015

"I found this recipe in taste of home ring bound cookbook. I made it today for me and my husband. WOW. It is a definite keeper. So good and really mild. Will add this to our monthly menu. Thanks so much Taste of Home."

Reviewed Nov. 14, 2012

"My dad is French Canadian and ADORES French Onion soup. I found this recipe years back to make for him for father's day. It's his absolute FAV now! He's sick today, so fixing him some soup for a little TLC... I fix it just as indicated on the recipe. I wonder if making a double batch and freezing it would work? I'd imagine so. I'll have to try it for him one of these days."

Reviewed Apr. 2, 2008

"Even my kids love this and they hate onions. It's really good on a cold, winter day."

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