Classic French Onion Soup Recipe

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Classic French Onion Soup Recipe
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Classic French Onion Soup Recipe

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Enjoy my signature soup the way my granddaughter Becky does. I make it for her in a French onion soup bowl complete with garlic croutons and gobs of melted Swiss cheese on top. —Lou Sansevero, Ferron, Utah
MAKES:
12 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 20 min. Cook: 2 hours + broiling
MAKES:
12 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 20 min. Cook: 2 hours + broiling

Ingredients

  • 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 8 cups thinly sliced onions (about 3 pounds)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup port wine
  • 2 cartons (32 ounces each) beef broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 24 slices French bread baguette (1/2 inch thick)
  • 2 large garlic cloves, peeled and halved
  • 3/4 cup shredded Gruyere or Swiss cheese

Directions

In a Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons oil and butter over medium heat. Add onions; cook and stir for 10-13 minutes or until softened. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook for 30-40 minutes or until deep golden brown, stirring occasionally. Add minced garlic; cook 2 minutes longer.
Stir in wine. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced by half. Add the broth, pepper and salt; return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, place baguette slices on a baking sheet; brush both sides with remaining oil. Bake at 400° for 3-5 minutes on each side or until toasted. Rub toasts with halved garlic.
To serve, place twelve 8-oz. broiler-safe bowls or ramekins on baking sheets. Place two toasts in each. Ladle with soup; top with cheese. Broil 4 in. from heat until cheese is melted. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Classic French Onion Soup in Taste of Home February/March 2013

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup soup with 2 slices bread and 1 tablespoon cheese: 195 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 805mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.

  • 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 8 cups thinly sliced onions (about 3 pounds)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup port wine
  • 2 cartons (32 ounces each) beef broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 24 slices French bread baguette (1/2 inch thick)
  • 2 large garlic cloves, peeled and halved
  • 3/4 cup shredded Gruyere or Swiss cheese
  1. In a Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons oil and butter over medium heat. Add onions; cook and stir for 10-13 minutes or until softened. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook for 30-40 minutes or until deep golden brown, stirring occasionally. Add minced garlic; cook 2 minutes longer.
  2. Stir in wine. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced by half. Add the broth, pepper and salt; return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  3. Meanwhile, place baguette slices on a baking sheet; brush both sides with remaining oil. Bake at 400° for 3-5 minutes on each side or until toasted. Rub toasts with halved garlic.
  4. To serve, place twelve 8-oz. broiler-safe bowls or ramekins on baking sheets. Place two toasts in each. Ladle with soup; top with cheese. Broil 4 in. from heat until cheese is melted. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Classic French Onion Soup in Taste of Home February/March 2013

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mjlouk User ID: 1712085 279867
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2017

"This was time consuming but delicious. I had been using Rachel Ray's recipe for years but decided to try this one and I wasn't disappointed. Worth the time and effort."

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Charity and Faith User ID: 9177759 279526
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2017

"This recipe was delicious! I made a half of a recipe and didn't cook it as long. I think It's just as good as Panera bread, I served mine with homemade croutons and mozzarella."

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Patricia User ID: 9359297 279189
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2017

"My husband and I -- both avid lovers of french onion soup -- agree that this is the best french onion we've ever had! I created a log-in just to rate it! Instead of port, I used a cheap cabernet sauvignon and instead of swiss or gruyere I used mozzerella because that's all I had. Also, I served the soup with two pieces of toast as it calls for but I cut one piece into large chunks and left the second as a whole slice before adding to the soup."

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Robby1 User ID: 1478802 278556
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2017

"This is the best french onion we've had since ordering same in Paris many years ago. I've thrown out my old recipe and this is now our favorite. Used the Gruyere and so good!"

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cindiak User ID: 221828 274788
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2017

"The soup was fantastic. I didn't have port so used red wine. If you didn't try it with the Gruyere cheese, you should. I think it makes a big difference."

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horseshowmom10 User ID: 8602711 243974
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2016

"Real French Onion flavor- better than most restaurants! I used red wine instead of port, and did a lot of tasting for my personal tastes. I only used 5-6 onions, which was plenty. I had only Swiss cheese and it was still very, very good. I'll definitely make it again to share with my family."

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Mastikian User ID: 8762030 243302
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2016

"I love French onion soup and this was the most delicious recipe for this soup. I used sherry instead pf port wine and it was perfect. I eye balled all the engredients for 5 people and it came out very tasty for my first try. Next time I will use Gruyere cheese instead of Swiss and I'm sure it'll be better than perfect!!! Thank you for sharing your recipe!"

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Summy User ID: 1386846 225399
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2015

"Perfect! I didn't have Port so I used sherry instead."

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justmbeth User ID: 1196484 221443
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2015

"This is a very good French onion soup. Only downside is the 2 hours it takes to make. I used the Cabernet I had on hand rather than the port."

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pschube User ID: 2658481 220720
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2015

"Delicious soup! Just what I have been looking for. Skipped the port and it was perfect."

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