French Onion Soup with Meatballs

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 8 hours


6 servings

Updated: Feb. 15, 2022
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
French Onion Soup with Meatballs Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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


  1. In a 4-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 9 ingredients. Cook, covered, on low until onions are tender, 8-10 hours.
  2. Ladle soup into 6 broiler-safe 16-oz. ramekins. Top each with 3 slices of bread and 2 slices of cheese. Broil 4-6 in. from heat until cheese is melted, 2-3 minutes. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

1-1/2 cups: 403 calories, 26g fat (14g saturated fat), 67mg cholesterol, 1760mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 22g protein.