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French Onion Soup

My seven-year-old daughter Heather and I enjoy spending time together cooking, but our days are busy, so we appreciate quick and tasty recipes like this one. Hot and delicious, this soup hits the spot for lunch or dinner. -Sandra Chambers, Carthage, Mississippi
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Cook: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 4 cups thinly sliced onions
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 6 cups water
  • 8 beef bouillon cubes
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 6 slices French bread (3/4 inch thick), buttered and toasted
  • 6 slices Swiss cheese


  • In a large covered saucepan, cook onions and garlic in butter over medium-low heat for 8-10 minutes or until tender and golden, stirring occasionally. Add water, bouillon and Worcestershire sauce; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Ladle hot soup into six ovenproof bowls. Top each with a piece of French bread. Cut each slice of cheese in half and place over the bread. Broil until cheese melts. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 244 calories, 15g fat (10g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 1387mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 9g protein.

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  • Grandmaj2u
    Jun 26, 2019

    I understand that many Taste of Home readers are looking for quick,. However this recipe has several big flaws. 1) 2 qts low sodium beef broth, NOT boulion cubes and water. If that is what you like just buy canned onion soup.. , top each bowl with a baguette and some swiss, or gruyer, or provaline cheese. ,

  • tamarapearson
    Jan 23, 2016

    Really delicious and so simple to make.

  • mhuguley
    Nov 11, 2015

    I subbed beef stock (32oz) for bullion and used sweet onions!! Delish!!!

  • HopeJoe
    Sep 23, 2014

    So good! Great for soothing the thought!

  • grimfix
    Sep 20, 2014

    Not great. Way too much bouillon making it way too salty! Also, onions are not truly "French Onion soup" caramelized. There are a bunch of easy, better recipes out there. There is even a recipe for caramelizing onions in a crock pot for easy recipes, just stir every 30 to 45 minutes, no babysitting the onions.

  • mother of 3
    Feb 18, 2014

    I changed it for arthritis therapy reasons - used Better Than Bouillon Chicken Base, 4 garlic cloves, added a broccoli, cauliflower, carrot mixture, omitted the French Bread & cheese. It suits me, it's good.

  • colleyho
    Nov 21, 2013

    This soup is easy and better than Panera's. Low calorie, I used crusty french baguettes instead of french bread.

  • mexicrave
    Nov 7, 2013

    Perfect for this cold weather

  • Avalon121765
    Apr 18, 2013

    The soup is good but 1,387 mg of sodium (salt) is 1500 mg per day. I used low sodium beef broth which has 440 mg per 1 cup serving.

  • debbieddouglas
    Mar 1, 2013

    This is an easy and delicious recipe. I like to use a soup base rather than bouillon. Other than that followed recipe exactly and it turned out great. Will certainly be making this again especially for my granddaughter who loves french onion soup.