French Onion Soup with Meatballs Recipe
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French Onion Soup with Meatballs Recipe

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I got the idea for how to make this soup after I went to a brewhouse restaurant that put ale in their gravy. I make this every time the weather starts to cool down in the fall—it's comfort food for the soul. —Crystal Holsinger, Surprise, Arizona
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 package (12 ounces) frozen fully cooked Italian meatballs
  • 2 large sweet onions, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon beef bouillon granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 5 cups beef broth
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) pale ale or additional beef broth
  • 18 slices French bread baguette (1/4 inch thick)
  • 12 slices Muenster or cheddar cheese

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups: 0 calories, 0g fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 0g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 0g fiber), 0g protein


  1. In a 4-qt. slow cooker, combine the first nine ingredients. Cook, covered, on low 8-10 hours or until onions are tender.
  2. Ladle soup into six broiler-safe 16-oz. ramekins. Top each with three slices of bread and two slices of cheese. Broil 4-6 in. from heat 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve immediately. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as French Onion Soup with Meatballs in Taste of Home Everyday Slow Cooker & One Dish Recipes Annual 2014, p79

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