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Rich French Onion Soup Recipe

Rich French Onion Soup Recipe

When entertaining guests, I bring out this savory soup while we're waiting for the main course. It's simple to make—just saute the onions early in the day and let the soup simmer until dinner-time. In winter, big bowls of it make a warming supper with a salad and biscuits. —Linda Adolph, Edmonton, Alberta
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5 hours YIELD:10 servings


  • 6 large onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 6 cans (10-1/2 ounces each) condensed beef broth, undiluted
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 10 slices French bread, toasted
  • Shredded Parmesan and shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese


  • 1. In a large skillet, saute onions in butter until crisp-tender. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Add the broth, Worcestershire sauce and bay leaves.
  • 2. Cover and cook on low for 5-7 hours or until the onions are tender. Discard bay leaves.
  • 3. Ladle soup into ovenproof bowls. Top each with a slice of toast; sprinkle with desired amount of cheese. Place bowls on a baking sheet. Broil for 2-3 minutes or until cheese is lightly golden. Yield: 10 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (calculated without cheese): 296 calories, 11g fat (6g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 722mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 4g fiber), 8g protein .

Reviews for Rich French Onion Soup

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nuheart158 243607
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2016

"To the people complaining it's not vegetarian, use Vegetable broth!"

cindiak 242049
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2016

"I also carmelized the onions. I made the rest of the recipe as stated and it will now be my "go to" recipe."

abashu 241386
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2016

"I cut it down because it is just two of us. I didn't chop the onions but sliced them then cut then slices in half. I liked the flavor of the onions. I like the flavor the Parmesan cheese gave to it as well."

AppleDumplingTwo 240390
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2015

"I use the slow cooker to caramelize the onions first in the slow cooker, then do the rest of the recipe so it takes me a full day to do this soup. I put the onions on overnight, add the rest in the morning and prepare as above. Sometimes I add thyme also. I want to try the idea mentioned of using cider. I'll use apple juice instead since I always have it on hand and see how it is. Sounds really unique and tasty."

eebiedritz 240378
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2015

"While I haven't made this specific recipe, I just wanted to mention that you can also use the "Better Than Bouillon" beef base instead of the canned soup (3 Tbsp. base to 8 cups water). They even make a low salt version although I just use the regular version and to us the salt level is perfect. I too caramelize the onions in butter with a little oil, 4 Tbsp. butter with 2 Tbsp. oil, in a large pot. Once caramelized, I sprinkle with 3 Tbsp. flour;stir, and then add the base/water to the pan. To make the soup on the stove top, after combining all the ingredients, bring to a boil and then lower to a simmer, partially covered, for 45 minutes before ladling it into the ovenproof bowls. We prefer Mozzarella only and my husband likes it when I put some of the shredded cheese in the bottom of the bowl before ladling in the soup, then the bread with lots of cheese on top and then under the broiler. You can also sprinkle with a little paprika if you wish for a little added color."

econjack 240349
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2015

"When I make French Onion soup, I use 2:1 ratio of beef broth to apple cider. It gives it a hint of flavor that people like...but can't figure out. Always fun to serve to guests."

MHalterman 236231
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2015

"Yummy soup. I used Swanson's beef broth and toasted white bread."

angieact1 218163
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2015

"I love French onion soup and this one hits the spot!"

Belenestradau 203445
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2014

"Love this recipe. Has always been one of my favorites."

Reviewed Feb. 27, 2014

"This was excellent served in a bread bowl with provolone cheese melted over the top!"

Arctic 37433
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2014

"Loved it. Cut in half for just the two of us. Would make again."

dccookin 66332
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2014

"Delicious! When our bread went moldy, we finished off the soup by adding macaroni - we liked it even better that way!"

sjmdam 66063
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2014

"this had a great flavor I paired it with the salad croutons receipe on here and it was so good."

Appy_Girl 27330
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2014

"This is a very lovely recipe. I made mine on top of the stove. I reduced the butter to 1/4 cup and used a 1/4 cup of olive oil to make up the difference. I caramelized the onions first. Then completed the recipe and simmered it for quite a while on a low simmer. the smell was wonderful.Any left overs can be recycled onto several other recipes. Many good choices to choose from. Thickened as a gravy for Roast beef is one. Any left over onions makes a great topping for a cheeseburger. And add some of the broth to the meat mixture before you shape the burgers.I really enjoyed this Recipe.


ahenwood 71879
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2013

"This recipe was SO easy and delicious. My husband loved it. I'm very excited to add it to my repertoire!"

ms11145 203444
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2013

"I make this in the crockpot. I carmelize the onions before adding the liquid. Gives a depth of flavor. Although I don't drink wine, I do keep wine just for this soup. I add about 1/3 cup of red wine. The alcohol cooks out leaving a very tasty soup making it a 5 star soup"

pajamaangel 74010
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2013

"I thought this was very good. I don't know why some reviewers say it had no flavor. I thought it tasted just like it should. I didn't use the bread since I have celiac and it was still quite delicious."

designsolutions 27317
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2013

"Very good will make again"

plyrdojo 74008
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2013

"I make all time with vegetable broth I make myself. Just as good."

auntiegps 83721
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2013

"this sounds really great. instead of the beef broth, i used beef consomme' & pecorina/romano cheese in place of the parmesan"

Barb58b 75641
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2013

"This recipe doesn't belong in the vegetarian section since it's made with beef broth."

angieherzberger 83669
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2013

"Very good, even without bread and cheese."

amyposten 66021
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2013

"made this for my family. We loved it. we were looking for something different for us and it was amazing.We will make it again. and again."

Nadams01 26375
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2012

"This recipie was listed under the vegetarian section. It is not vegetarian since it has beef broth. Very disappointed."

dilbert098 73962
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2012

"The broth had no flavour, we didn't finish our dish. French onion soup is one of my favourites. Not sure how this won a contest..."

Diannecat 203443
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2012

"This is NOT a vegetarian recipe- contains BEEF BROTH!!!!"

kitchwitch86 203442
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2011

"My son said this is flavorless. I don't eat it made it for him. He hated it"

Coryskitchen 37432
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2011

"Was a hit in my family. I have made it twice now. I had simmered it on the stove top to save time. The soup came out perfect either way! If only my mascara had held up as good after chopping all the onions. :D"

Coryskitchen 90609
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2011


ejshellabarger 66015
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2010

"Simple, tasty recipe! I sautéed 2 garlic cloves in with the onions and added some dry white wine to the broth. Excellent!"

jporter10738 26373
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2009

"This was a good first-time recipe. I thought it was good but missing something. Next time I make it I might add a bit of garlic and wine. Though I did toast bread and used smoked mozzarella cheese and the smoked flavor added a lot to it."

twinkle8o3 51220
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2009

"One of my all-time favorite recipes. The best French onion soup I've ever had!!!"

mjjc 75599
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2009

"I'm so excited to try this recipe. I have all the ingredients and made my croutons last night - I prefer those also over the bread slice. Easier to eat. I hope this is as good as our local restaurant serves. My honey has been wanting me to make some french onion soup. Happy Cooking!!!"

alohamryan 76008
Reviewed May. 13, 2009

"This is a super easy, tasty recipe for the family. We used Low Sodium broth for dietary needs.After a second time, we added 2/3 cup of apple juice to sweeten it a little and it was Wondeful. A KEEPER!!!"

Detrick 38065
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2009

"This was excellent. We added pepper and used croutons w/cheese instead of the French Bread. Great for double recipe and freezing."

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