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Four-Onion Soup

This mellow, rich-tasting onion soup is such a main-stay for our family that I felt compelled to share the recipe. Topped with toasted French bread and melted cheese, it's special to serve. -Margaret Adams, Pacific Grove, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Cook: 50 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 1 medium leek (white portion only)
  • 5 green onions with tops
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) beef broth
  • 1 can (10-1/2 ounces) condensed beef consomme, undiluted
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 6 slices French bread (3/4 inch thick), toasted
  • 6 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, optional


  • Slice all onions and leek 1/4 in. thick. In a large saucepan over medium-low heat, saute onions and garlic in butter until tender and golden, about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add broth, consomme, Worcestershire sauce and nutmeg; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of Swiss cheese in the bottom of six ovenproof 8-oz. bowls. Ladle hot soup into bowls. Top each with a slice of bread. Sprinkle with remaining Swiss cheese and Parmesan cheese if desired.
  • Broil 6-8 in. from the heat until cheese melts. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 197 calories, 10g fat (6g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 783mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 10g protein.

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  • Appy_Girl
    Sep 30, 2020

    Love the super beefy base that the beef consommé added t9 this recipe. I sautéed my onions in olive oil and I sautéed them for about an hour. Very rich , lovely color and full taste. VFE

  • JoanieK53
    Feb 19, 2020

    Delicious. !t My,go to recipe. Taste a d adjust ingredients .

  • debrn2015
    Apr 1, 2015

    I found this recipe in taste of home ring bound cookbook. I made it today for me and my husband. WOW. It is a definite keeper. So good and really mild. Will add this to our monthly menu. Thanks so much Taste of Home.

  • jennyweems
    Nov 14, 2012

    My dad is French Canadian and ADORES French Onion soup. I found this recipe years back to make for him for father's day. It's his absolute FAV now! He's sick today, so fixing him some soup for a little TLC... I fix it just as indicated on the recipe. I wonder if making a double batch and freezing it would work? I'd imagine so. I'll have to try it for him one of these days.

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    Jun 25, 2011

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    Sep 29, 2008

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  • bravabear
    Apr 2, 2008

    Even my kids love this and they hate onions. It's really good on a cold, winter day.

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    Mar 12, 2007

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    Oct 29, 2006

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