French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup is a favorite of mine.

I love the way my house smells while it’s simmering on the stove, I love how simple it is to prepare, and I love biting into that cheesy crusty bread on top of the yummy soup.

We always make a big batch of this because it heats up beautifully the next day.  The last time I made this, sweet Ashby asked for it for breakfast the next day 🙂 .

Now, the hardest part about French Onion Soup is the patience it takes to really caramelize your onions.  You will be tempted to stop the process after 10 minutes.  You’ll really be ready to stop after 25 minutes. But you need to wait at least 40 minutes before you stop (and proceed with the rest of the recipe).  The onions will smell so good and look delish, so it’s tempting to cut the process short, BUT DON’T!  Wait it out for optimal results!  Forty minutes is the key 🙂 .

This recipe serves six.

Shopping List
4 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
7 large onions, chopped
lots of salt and pepper
2 bay leaves
3 tablespoons chopped thyme
2 tablespoons chopped sage
4 garlic cloves, chopped
1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup red wine (I used a Pinot Noir)
1 (32 oz) box of beef stock
a crusty loaf of bread, sliced into pieces
2 cups of shredded Gruyere cheese (maybe even more!)

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.

In a large pot over medium-high heat, melt your butter.  Next, add in your EVOO and chopped onions along with a generous pinch of both salt and pepper.  Stirring often, begin to caramelize your onions down in the pot (this will take a total of 40 minutes).  About 15 minutes into the caramelizing, add in your bay leaves and chopped herbs.  Continue stirring and caramelizing.

After 40 minutes, stir in your garlic cloves followed by your flour.  Stir everything together for just a minute before whisking in your red wine, stock and another big pinch of salt and pepper.  Bring everything up to a bubble and then reduce the heat to low and allow the soup to simmer another 20 minutes.

Next, take your oven-safe dishes and ladle soup into each one.  Top the soup with your sliced bread and a mound of shredded Gruyere.  Put these dishes on a cookie sheet and slide them into your pre-heated oven just to toast the top and melt the cheese (about 4 to 5 minutes).  Remove from oven and serve.

This recipe takes time and doesn’t come together quickly…but it’s simple, hearty and extremely filling.  On a cold night, nothing beats a bowl of French Onion Soup!

French Onion Soup

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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog January 16, 2018 at 4:52 am

    I love French onion soup too (though who doesn’t?)! I’m going to try your recipe because I have yet to find a good one online! 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Narci Dreffs January 16, 2018 at 6:30 am

    Oh my goodness! This looks delicious! I love French Onion Soup!

  • Erika Slaughter January 16, 2018 at 6:48 am

    I’ve been waiting patiently (kind of) for this recipe since you told me you were making it!!! French Onion is my favorite!! Cannot wait to try this recipe!

  • Paige Sullivan January 16, 2018 at 6:52 am

    Good Morning Sunshine!
    No way!! I was looking all over for a good French Onion Soup yesterday at about 4- I was trying to make it in my instapot….Printing yours out now!! Have a terrific Tuesday!! 🙂

  • Alexis deZayas January 16, 2018 at 6:55 am

    Oh my goodness! This is one of my favorite things to order! Would love to make it in my own kitchen 🙂

  • MelanieL January 16, 2018 at 7:58 am

    This is my favorite soup!! I always order this at restaurants but have never made it at home. This looks like a fabulous recipe, thank you!

  • Heather January 16, 2018 at 9:54 am

    Looks amazing I want to try! Knowing my hubby doesn’t like onions— is it still good as leftovers?!

    • Mix and Match Mama January 16, 2018 at 12:36 pm


  • Jennifer Middleton January 16, 2018 at 9:59 am

    What kind of onions are best for this? white or yellow? thank you!

    • Mix and Match Mama January 16, 2018 at 12:36 pm

      I use the big sweet yellow ones!

  • Jennifer January 16, 2018 at 10:01 am

    A few years ago I came across a slow cooker French Onion Soup recipe. It has you put raw onions in the crockpot with butter overnight and cook it on low all night. The onions caramelize beautifully. Then the next day you cook all of the onions, broth and other seasonings and it is ready when you get home. Caramelizing those onions overnight has been a life changer!

  • Laci January 16, 2018 at 11:57 am

    yum! now I want soup for breakfast 🙂

  • Staci January 16, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    Love your blog! I was thinking you said you got an Instant Pot? If so, I was wondering if you had tried it? Would love for you to share some recipes with us! 🙂

    • Mix and Match Mama January 17, 2018 at 5:27 am

      I still haven’t tried it yet. I know, I need to!

  • MinShien @ Joyous Apron January 16, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    Oh I love me some French Onion Soup! I’ll wait 40 minutes to get my onion caramelized if that is what it takes! Thanks for the recipe! 🙂

  • Cathy January 16, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    Just made this today and my husband loved it. Thanks so much for the recipe. I am not confidant in the kitchen so I think I’ll work on cooking this year with help from your recipes. 🙂

  • Meghan January 20, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    Just made this today – so delicious!!!