Easy French Onion Soup

The trick to this easy French onion soup recipe is to make sure you caramelize the onions - this requires slow cooking. I usually put the burner on just above low and clean up the kitchen as the onions are cooking so I can watch them.

The final step in this recipe is browning the cheese topped soup in the oven and you will need special oven proof French onion soup bowls to do this.

Soupe à l'oignon

6 servings.


  • 2 pounds yellow onions, peeled and sliced into rings
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 quarts of beef stock
  • 1/2 cup of white wine
  • salt and pepper
  • loaf of French bread, cubed (and toasted if you want extra crunch)
  • 1 1/2 cups of grated Swiss cheese


  1. Cook the onions in the olive oil on medium heat until the onions caramelize (about 30 to 40 minutes).
  2. Add the minced garlic and cook for one minute. Add the flour and cook for another minute.
  3. Add the beef stock and wine and simmer for another 30 minutes.
  4. To serve, ladle the soup into individual oven-proof bowls, making sure that everyone gets plenty of onions. Place cubes of French bread to cover and than sprinkle with cheese.
  5. Bake in 350° F oven for 10 minutes, broiling for the last few minutes to brown slightly.

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