French Onion Soup


Today is Secret Recipe Club Reveal Day!  It seems like it has been forever since we have had a reveal.  But it really hasn’t, we just took December off.  This month I was assigned Smells Like Brownies.  Melissa is a a stay at home mom to a new baby.  She has a wonderful mix of recipes on her site.  Pad Thai, Vegetable Korma, Pumpkin Caramel Cake, and of course lots of different Brownies.

I wasn’t sure what to pick, but given we are trying to eat a little better, and my husband loves of French Onion Soup, that is what I went with.  Melissa has a vegetarian version on her site, but I know given my husbands nature that wasn’t going to go over well.  He would want the full flavor of the beef stock.

This soup was comforting, the onions were sweet and delicious, it was just what we needed on a cold winter night.  I topped the soup off with provolone cheese, because that is what I had.  But Melissa uses Gruyere, which I am sure is even better.  Given that I don’t like cheese, I tend not to spring for the more expensive cheeses.  We only get the good stuff when my husband goes to the store :)

French Onion Soup
Serves: 6
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A warm and comforting bowl of caramelized onions in a rich beef broth.
  • 2 Tbls butter
  • 1 Tbls olive oil
  • 3 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbls flour
  • 6 cups beef stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ cup red wine
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 12 crostini (lightly toasted baguettes), or croutons
  • ½ cup Provolone or Gruyere cheese, shredded
  1. Heat butter and oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onions and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes, breaking up the rings. Sprinkle with salt. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally, for about an hour. You want your onions to cook down quite a bit, and be a deep brown color. You can add a tsp of sugar part way through to help them caramelize if they need it.
  2. Stir in flour. Cook for a minute, mixing the flour into the onions. Add beef stock, wine, bay leaves, and thyme. Cover and let simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add pepper, and additional salt if needed.
  3. Preheat broiler. Spoon soup into oven safe bowls. Top with 2 small crostini, and a little cheese. Heat under broiler until the cheese is melted and golden. Serve immediately.
I have heard that putting the onions in the crock pot with a little butter, and setting on low for 8 hours will give you perfect caramelized onions. Source: Adapted from Smells Like Brownies



  1. I love the flavors of French onion soup, so comforting!

  2. Good Morning,
    Onion Soup is one of my favorites and this recipe looks awesome, wish it was in the soup pot for my lunch. Great recipe for the SRC and thanks for sharing.
    Miz Helen

  3. I love french onion soup but I have never made it. It looks wonderful!

  4. Definitely my favorite soup! This looks awesome!

  5. MMM my favorite soup to order out at restaurants! Yours looks delicious! Great cooking with you in the SRC!

  6. Mmmmm, a perfect little bowl of comfort on a cold wintery day.

  7. French onion soup is a favorite of ours. This looks so good, Erin!

  8. I had to laugh that you said you only get the good cheeses when your husband goes to the store – LOL. Your French Onion Soup looks mouthwateringly delicious. What a wonderful choice!

  9. Looks perfect and great way to keep warm in the cold winter nights.

  10. Yum! I love french onion soup! This is a great recipe!! Looks mighty delish!!

  11. I love french onion soup. Yours looks delicious.

  12. Oh yum, I love french onion soup and somehow I’ve never made it myself at home. I really need to get on it this winter!

  13. I wish, I was at your house, right now. I want a bowl of that soup. It is one of my favorites.

  14. Sounds delicious. Thanks.

  15. This is one thing I always want to make and never do since I’m the only one in my family who would enjoy it – I get my fix at restaurants, but this looks even better!

  16. I love ordering this soup from restaurants… but you make me realize making it at home is good. Looks divine. :)

  17. Erin this looks fabulous! I love, love, LOVE French onion soup!

  18. Erin, I was just planning to make some of this soup for the first time so now I know a good recipe.

  19. Wish I had a kitchen to whip up a batch of these. We’re only into day 4 of kitchen reno, and I am already missing home-cooked food! Add to that, I’m sick (from all the stress, I suppose), so a bowl of this would be sooooo nice!

  20. My favorite…and you’re recipe looks absolutely wonderful, Erin!!!

  21. One of my all time favorite soups (veggie version for me), and yours looks amazing!

  22. Erin, I have been wanting to make French onion soup forever. I need to do this. Beautiful photography.

  23. We featured your recipe on the Secret Recipe Club! Thanks for being a member and sharing such a delcious recipe.



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