Real French Onion Soup

    15 mins

    After many attempts via trail-and-error, this is my all time favourite onion soup recipe.

    11 people made this

    Serves: 8 

    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 8 large red onions, halved and thinly sliced
    • 1 dash salt and pepper to taste
    • 4 (450ml) cans low-sodium beef broth
    • 1 sprig fresh thyme
    • 1 sprig fresh parsley
    • 1 cup (250ml) sherry wine
    • 8 slices French bread
    • 1 cup (120g) shredded Gruyere cheese

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:5min  ›  Ready in:15min 

    1. Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven or soup pot over medium heat. Add the onions, and season with a little salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally until onions are nicely browned, about 20 minutes. This step can not be hurried, the end result will be a rich golden brown mass of onion. This is where all your flavour comes from and can take a little practice. The darker you can get the onion without burning, the better the flavour.
    2. Slowly pour the beef broth into the soup, stirring to remove any bits of onion that may be stuck to the bottom of the pan. Add the sprigs of parsley and thyme to the soup. Bring to a simmer, and cook for 20 minutes. Do not boil. Pour the sherry into the soup, and simmer for 5 more minutes. Taste and season with salt and pepper if desired. Remove the sprigs of parsley and thyme.
    3. Preheat the oven's broiler. Place serving bowls onto a baking tray. Ladle the soup into serving bowls, and float a slice of bread on top of each one. Sprinkle shredded Gruyere cheese over the top. Broil for 2 minutes, or until browned. Serve immediately.

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    This was great. I used it as a template. To make it healthier, I upped the amount of onions, added dry red wine and served without cheese and bread. A few days later I wanted to make the leftovers more of "meal", so I added some French lentils that I cooked in beef broth, red wine and thyme. Awesome, awesome, awesome stuff!!  -  11 Sep 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Amazing! my brother and i actually hate onion soups but we absolutely devoured this one! i excluded the sherry and used parmesan cheese and it was just perfect!  -  03 Feb 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Soup was good, but I don't recommend using low sodium broth unless your diet calls for it. I made it again after using regular beef broth, and it was perfect!  -  18 Jul 2004  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)