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Classic French Onion Soup Recipe

Classic French Onion Soup Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 2 hours YIELD:12 servings


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup soup with 1 slice bread and 1 tablespoon cheese: 172 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 773mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.

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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."

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!"

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

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

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."

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."

lorinewhall User ID: 8112195 220271
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2015

"OMG! This is how french onion soup should taste."

AppleDumplingTwo User ID: 7589324 214762
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2014

"Yummy. One tip, if you don't have an oven safe bowl, toast the bread as directed and before removing from the oven, place the cheese on top of the bread and heat or broil till melted and slightly browned and then place on top of the soup in your regular bowl."

rhcluvscady2 User ID: 3416461 188097
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2014

"Great soup with great flavor. I have made this once before and am doing it again today. I picked this recipe after searching through a lot of others, this was by far the simplest and least time consuming but the flavor is so rich and deep! The first time I followed all the directions exactly and just didn't care for the port, I thought it over powered. This time I used a favorite wine of mine and it was spot on perfect. Added extra onions, broth, butter, and wine this time so I will have plenty left to can. Thanks for a great recipe."

KarenKeefe User ID: 2062961 200363
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2014

"Found this recipe to be very good! It was easy to make. I used the Gruyere cheese. Everyone enjoyed it!"

TheTallEntree User ID: 7462142 200362
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2014

"Very rich & filling. Delicious!"

JANENOV46 User ID: 3295323 125820
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2014

"Made th is for lunch yesterday and it had a very nice flavor, but i would have left out the wine, and used half mozarella and half Swiss.

My mother in law liked the soup, but thought the cheese was a little rubbery."

Ren22 User ID: 8023866 198101
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2014


madraven4 User ID: 5094099 123400
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2014

"One word... YUM!" This was my first x making French onion soup. It was perfect."

jaclyn_mullahy User ID: 6653625 140595
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2013

"Delicious and super easy! My liquid reduced a lot, next time I'll add an additional can of beef broth. I also added a little Guinness for extra flavor :)"

spoiledbasher User ID: 3194367 188095
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2013

"Extremely time consuming, but worth it."

jesboc User ID: 6580965 188093
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2013

"The port wine adds a great flavor to this classic"

Linda Meyers User ID: 4428143 127427
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2013

"I love to order onion soup when I go out. This, without a doubt, is as good, or better than any I have tried. A keeper, for sure."

carladw User ID: 1986740 140594
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2013

"I made this soup on Saturday but didn't serve until Sunday dinner. It was fantastic. I would definitely make it again!"

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