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Classic French Onion Soup

Embark on a culinary journey to the heart of French cuisine with this soul-warming Classic French Onion Soup. A symphony of caramelized onions, rich beef broth, and melted Gruyère cheese, this soup is a testament to the artistry of French comfort food. Elevate your home cooking with this timeless recipe that encapsulates the essence of a cozy bistro in Paris.
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French Onion Soup is a rustic and flavorsome dish that balances the sweetness of caramelized onions with the savory depth of beef broth. Topped with a toasted baguette and a blanket of melted Gruyère cheese, each spoonful promises a harmonious blend of textures and tastes—a true delight for the senses.


5 large yellow onions, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon sugar
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup dry white wine
8 cups beef broth
2 bay leaves
Salt and pepper to taste
Baguette, sliced
Gruyère cheese, grated
Fresh thyme for garnish (optional)
4 Servings

Prep Time:

0 Hrs 20 Mins

Cook Time:

1 Hrs 30 Mins

Total TIme:

0 Hrs 0 Mins



In a large pot, melt butter and olive oil over medium heat. Add the thinly sliced onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until they are deeply caramelized and golden brown. Sprinkle sugar over the onions to aid in caramelization.


Stir in minced garlic and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes. Pour in the white wine to deglaze the pot, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom.


Pour in the beef broth, add bay leaves, and season with salt and pepper. Bring the soup to a simmer and let it cook for about 30-40 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.


While the soup simmers, preheat the oven broiler. Arrange baguette slices on a baking sheet and toast them under the broiler until golden.


Ladle the soup into oven-safe bowls. Place a slice of toasted baguette on top of each bowl and generously sprinkle with grated Gruyère cheese.


Place the bowls under the broiler until the cheese is melted and golden brown, creating a delightful crust.


Remove from the oven, garnish with fresh thyme if desired, and serve immediately.

Tips for this recipe

For an added depth of flavor, consider adding a splash of brandy or sherry to the soup before simmering. This subtle touch elevates the richness of the broth and complements the sweetness of the caramelized onions.

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