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French Onion Tomato Soup

"Tomato juice gives extra flavor to this wonderful soup that is so quick and easy to prepare," comments Clara Honeyager of Mukwonago, Wisconsin. "I found the recipe many years ago in a tomato recipe book of my mother's and have shared it with many people."
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 4 cups thinly sliced onions
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 can (46 ounces) tomato juice
  • 2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 6 slices French bread, toasted
  • 2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese


  • In a large saucepan, saute onions and garlic in butter until tender. Add the tomato juice, bouillon, lemon juice, parsley and brown sugar. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Ladle soup into 10-oz. ovenproof soup bowls or ramekins. Top with French bread; sprinkle with cheese. Broil 4-6 in. from the heat for 2-3 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.

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  • ms11145
    Feb 13, 2014

    Technically this isn't a French Onion soup, so..... I made it that way by carmelizing the onions and adding a touch of red wine. Although I do not drink wine, I keep a bottle in my refrigerator just for certain recipes. I kept tasting it and decided it needed something else, so I also added just a dash of worchestershire sauce. My husband absolutely loved it and said to keep the additions and to make it again. :-)

  • katlaydee3
    Nov 12, 2010

    Very good soup recipe. I made this with the Goal Line Chicken Salad in the same issue.