Basic French Onion Soup


Basic French Onion Soup
Basic French Onion Soup

Basic French Onion Soup


½ cup butter (1 stick)

4 large sweet onions

2 garlic cloves, minced (2 tsp)

2 bay leaves

2 fresh thyme sprigs or 1 tsp dried, ground thyme

1 cup red wine

¼ cup flour

4 cups beef stock

4 cups chicken stock

Salt to taste

Pepper to taste

Easy Homemade Croutons

8 oz Gruyere, grated


Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat.  Add onions, garlic, bay leaves and thyme sprigs.  Cook on medium-low heat until onions are caramelized, about 90 minutes.

Add wine and simmer until it for 10 minutes.

Remove bay leaves and thyme sprigs.  Stir flour into onions, turn heat to low and cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.

Add beef and chicken broth, turn heat to medium and bring to a simmer.  Simmer for 10 minutes, add salt and pepper to taste.*

Ladle soup into heat-proof bowls.  Top with croutons and Gruyere.  Place bowls under the broiler until the cheese is melted and serve immediately.

*At this point, the soup can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days until ready to use.   Alternatively, it can be cooled and frozen in serving-sized containers for up to 3 months.


6 servings, 427 calories per serving


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4 Replies to “Basic French Onion Soup”

  1. Good day, Cynthia.
    Your post is highly informative and easy to understand for success in preparation. From the items you have gathered that I have seen for the Preparation in this post, I think the will make up a delicious soup . Because I want to enjoy the meal, I’ll have to share this information with my lady, who is a cook.

  2. Hey

    This looks like a really good recipe for French Onion Soup. Which is one of my favorites. Your ingredients look like it will be a very good tasting soup.

    My wife makes a really good version and I am going to show here the recipe to see if she does it similar to yours.

    Keep cooking up good things and enjoy.


    1. I would love to learn what your wife does the same or different from my recipe.  It’s nice to have a comparison or have ideas for trying different ingredients.

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