French Onion Soup with French Bread Toast Recipe

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I got this savory recipe from a co-worker my first year out of college. It's been a family favorite ever since. --Janaan Cunningham
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1 hour 55 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1 hour 55 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 pounds onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) beef broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon beef bouillon granules
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 slices French bread, toasted
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 346 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 1122mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 4g fiber), 12g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven or soup kettle, melt butter. Add onions and sugar; cook over low heat until lightly browned, about 1 hour.
  2. Sprinkle flour over onions and stir until blended. Gradually stir in broth. Add the water, salt, dried onion, bouillon, garlic salt and pepper.
  3. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45 minutes.
  4. Ladle soup into ovenproof bowls. Top with a slice of toasted bread; sprinkle with cheese. Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 400° for 5 minutes. Yield: 8 servings.
TEST KITCHEN TIP Refrigerate the onions before slicing—your tear ducts won't get as much of a workout!
Originally published as French Onion Soup in Test Kitchen Favorites 2004 2005, p64

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SusitnaLady User ID: 5755132 137908
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2012

"I don't have a Dutch oven so I made the onions in a saucepan. The onions never did brown. Next time I'll make the onions in a frying pan to get that wonderful carmelizing. I think this is why my soup looked to pale. Great flavor though and will definitely try again."

ballofjoy2006 User ID: 6547885 207563
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2012

"I haven't tried this recipe yet. I would like to make this for my friends who haven't had the chance to try this yummy soup but I don't have a dutch oven.

Can I use a regular oven and at what temp.? No one seems to have that as an option in the recipe. Not everyone has a dutch oven. Thanks for your help."

Rakey User ID: 1014646 156452
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2010

"The best. The secret is in adding the sugar to carmalize the onions. And, as many recipes call for wine, this one doesn't, which, in my estimation takes away the beefy flavor."

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