State hey there to the most tasty homemade French onion soup we have actually ever made. Thanks to a basic broth, caramelized onions, garlic-rubbed bread, and melted cheese, it’s the ideal home cooking. Dive to the French Onion Soup Recipe

Prior to investigating how to make French onion soup, I presumed it was challenging with a long list ofingredients However, to my surprise, French onion is fairly simple to make athome All you require are a couple of suggestions for success!

How to Make the very best French Onion Soup

So what produces the very best French onion soup? The onions. The trick to making abundant, extremely flavored soup is how we prepare the onions. Caramelizing onions is a basic procedure:

Very finely slice a great deal of onions (by a lot, we require 6 to 7 medium onions for a soup that serves 4).

Cooking onions for french onion soup step 1 -- heaping pile of sliced onions

Sweat the onions in butter with the cover ON for about 12 minutes. This action begins the procedure and launches some liquid from the onions, assisting us gradually caramelize the onions in the future.

Cooking onions for french onion soup step 2 -- sweating the onions

Prepare the onions over medium heat, stirring frequently, till they look golden and caramelized– this takes me someplace in between 40 and 50 minutes. Do you see why we began with many onions? They prepare down a lot!

Cooking onions for french onion soup step 3 -- golden brown caramelized onions

I understand that’s a little bit of a procedure, however believe me, concentrate on the onions, and you’re 99% there to a few of the best-tasting French onion soup you have actually had.

Here are a couple of more suggestions when caramelizing the onions:

  • Utilize a broad heavy-bottomed pot, like a Dutch oven, or a broad stainless-steel pot, like a Rondeau. Both of these choices work well for caramelizing onions.
  • Stir the onions frequently, and guarantee you scrape up any browned bits adhered to the bottom and sides. Including those browned bits assists include color (and taste) to the onions.
  • Pay more attention 20 minutes into cooking, because they prepare quicker at this phase. They can go from browned to charred if you do not keep a close eye.
  • Utilize our images as a guide for when the onions are prepared. They will look golden brown and odor caramelized.

When your onions caramelize, you are 99% there. Now it’s time to turn them into a tasty soup. Initially, we deglaze the pot with sweet vermouth and dry gewurztraminer (or my preferred, Lillet Blanc). The vermouth and red wine include intricacy to the soup. For suggestions on replacing or leaving them out, see below.

Ending Up the Soup

Now it is time for some broth– we enjoy utilizing this chicken broth– fresh thyme and a little bit of salt. The broth simmers with the onions for 5 minutes, and after that we shut off the heat and let whatever steep like tea while we prepare the bread and cheese.

French onion soup with cheese melted on top

We normally utilize a French baguette, however you can utilize any easy rustic bread. Slice it into 1/2-inch pieces, toast it, and after that rub it with garlic. The garlic is a game-changer, and I truthfully do not understand if I might ever take pleasure in a bowl of French onion soup without garlic-rubbed bread

For the cheese, we utilize Gruyere, and I enjoy it, however you can include or replace parmesan cheese and perhaps a fontina or mozzarella if that is all you have.

This soup is thick, thanks to the bread and all those tasty caramelized onions. Typically, French onion soup was a peasant meal utilizing stagnant bread and onions. Our variation isn’t brothy, and the longer the bread beings in the soup, the less broth you’ll have because it soaks everything up (yum).

Dipping bread into the soup

To slow this down a little, prior to putting together the soup bowls, we dunk our toasted and garlic-rubbed bread pieces in the soup By doing this, when you ladle your soup into the bowls, the broth will not entirely vanish on you. You can thank Chef Richard for that pointer! It’s such a terrific concept.

And there you have it, the most tasty homemade French onion soup we have actually ever made. I truly hope that you attempt it! This French onion soup recipe becomes part of our chef series, where we share recipes from our buddy and prominent chef, Richard Hattaway. He knocked this one out of the park!

Taking a spoonful of soup

Alternatives to the Alcohol

Our recipe requires sweet vermouth (or brandy) and dry gewurztraminer. If you would choose to neglect the alcohol, you can. The red wine and vermouth make the soup taste more interesting and intricate, however it is still rather tasty without them. If you leave them out totally and discover that the soup is missing out on something, attempt including a splash of sherry vinegar and perhaps a little Asian fish sauce (I understand it sounds odd, however it does marvels in the taste department of mouthwatering meals like French onion soup.)

On a comparable note, if you just have one or the other– state, for instance, you have a dry gewurztraminer however not sweet vermouth on hand, utilize what you have. You will lose a little bit of intricacy, however the soup will still be beautiful.

Important French Onion Soup

  • COOK

This recipe for French onion soup makes the most tasty French onion we have actually ever made. Make sure to caramelize the onions because that’s where the abundant onion taste will originate from. Usage homemade broth (chicken or beef) or replace it with store-bought chicken broth. Regrettably, we do not suggest store-bought beef broth because we have actually not discovered one we take pleasure in (I discover them more salted than tasty).

Serves 4

You Will Require

3 1/2 pounds yellow onions, peeled and very finely sliced (6 to 7 medium)

4 tablespoons (57 grams or 2 ounces) European-style salted butter, like Kerrygold, plus more for bread

1/4 cup (2 ounces) sweet vermouth, sherry, or brandy

1/4 cup (2 ounces) dry gewurztraminer or Lillet Blanc; see notes

4 to 5 cups chicken broth or homemade beef stock; see notes

1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

1/4 teaspoon great sea salt, plus more to taste

1 French baguette or rustic loaf, sliced into 1/2-inch pieces, 12 pieces

2 cloves garlic

1 cup (114 grams or 4 ounces) grated Gruyere cheese


  • Make Soup
  • Melt the butter in a broad pot over medium heat– utilize a heavy-bottomed or stainless-steel pot like a Dutch oven or rondeau.

    Stir in the onions, and after that cover with a cover. Cook, over medium heat, till the onions look clear, 12 to 15 minutes.

    Reveal the pot, and continue to prepare the onions, stirring sometimes and scraping up any stuck browned bits from the bottom and sides. The onions take 45 to 60 minutes to caramelize. Keep a close eye on them. When you discover they start to brown, stir them regularly to keep them from burning.

    When the onions are golden and odor caramelized, stir in the vermouth and gewurztraminer. Cook, scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl, for about 2 minutes. Continue to the next action when you no longer odor strong alcohol and rather odor sweet onions with the fragrances of the vermouth and red wine.

    Stir in the broth, thyme, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Cover the pot with its cover and bring the soup to a simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes. Taste and after that season with extra salt if required. While Chef Richard recommends 4 cups of broth, we take pleasure in a bit more liquid and utilize 5 cups of broth, rather.

    Shut off the heat, and permit the soup to high (covered) while you prepare the bread.

    • To Serve
    • Reserve 4 oven-safe soup bowls (we utilize cocottes from Le Creuset).

      Heat the oven to 400 ° Fahrenheit. Butter the bread pieces, and after that line them up on a flat pan. Bake till golden, 5 to 6 minutes. Permit to cool for a couple of minutes.

      Rub the toasted bread with the garlic cloves, and after that rapidly soak the bread into the soup. Soaking the bread initially assists to avoid the bread from absorbing all the broth in your bowl when serving.

      Location one piece into the bottom of each oven-safe soup bowl and spray a little Gruyere cheese on top. Ladle soup into the bowls and leading with 2 more pieces of bread. Leading with staying cheese. Broil till the cheese is bubbly and golden brown.

Adam and Joanne’s Tips

  • Onions: Attempt this recipe with sweet onions (like Vidalia or Walla Walla) for a somewhat sweeter soup. We have actually observed that sweet onions brown quicker than yellow onions, so beware to keep close when the onions are caramelizing so that they do not burn.
  • Broth: This soup is exceptional with this homemade chicken broth or a top quality store-bought chicken broth. We have actually not discovered a store-bought beef stock we take pleasure in (most do not have taste and taste salty), so we do not suggest it for thisrecipe If you wish to utilize beef broth/beef stock, usage homemade.
  • Alcohol: We utilize sweet vermouth (Dolin) and Lillet Blanc. Replacement sweet vermouth with sherry (not sherry cooking red wine) or brandy. The Lillet Blanc resembles dry gewurztraminer however more fragrant. Your preferred dry gewurztraminer is completely appropriate. For a non-alcoholic variation of French onion soup, leave the alcohol out completely and season to taste with a splash of sherry vinegar and perhaps a dash of fish sauce. When deglazing the pan, usage broth. You will lose some intricacy in the taste, however the soup will still be delicious.
  • Nutrition realities: The nutrition realities offered below are price quotes. We have actually utilized the USDA database to compute approximate worths.

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Nutrition Per Portion: Serving Size 1/4 of the recipe / Calories 596 / Overall Fat 24.2 g / Hydrogenated Fat 13.4 g / Cholesterol 67.4 mg / Salt 907.8 mg / Carb 64.2 g / Dietary Fiber 7.7 g / Overall Sugars 21.8 g / Protein 22.4 g

AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher