Tuesday, February 19, 2013

French Onion Soup

This is a soup that I long for on winter days. There is something about it that warms a person to their toes. 

But my children are still at the stage where they sniff suspiciously at their bowl and ask, "Is there onions in this soup?" I can hide onions in a lot of things, but there is no hiding onions in French Onion Soup. I have to provide an alternative menu. But Ed and I don't mind a lack of competition with a whole pot of this soup. And if there are leftovers, it is even better the next day.

The key to this soup is a good beef broth. I like to make this soup after I've cooked a beef roast. You can use bought broth or bouillon but nothing beats a good homemade broth.

French Onion Soup

3 T butter
6 large sweet onions
6 cups beef broth
1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper to taste
french bread
garlic powder
cheese (mozzarella, Gruyere, or Brie)

In large pot, melt butter. Add onions and cook for 15 minutes without stirring. Reduce heat to low and continue to cook onions until no longer golden, stirring occasionally. Add 1/4 cup of water if needed and continue to cook and stir until dark brown. Stir in broth, Worcestershire, bay leaf, and seasonings. Increase heat to high and bring to simmer. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes. While soup simmers, arrange bread in single layer on baking sheet. Top bread with garlic powder and cheese. Bake at 425 degrees for 5 minutes or until golden brown. Remove bay leaf from soup. Serve soup with toasted bread.


  1. Thanks for the recipe, I will have to try this for my hubby and me. Just like your children, I too may have a few that may not like it.

  2. It looks delicious and sounds wonderful. I have a big pot of chili in the crockpot right now. The snow is falling outside and it sounds perfect for the day.

  3. I think my mother has made this exact recipe and it was wonderful. I forgot about it though. I need to give it a shot. :)

  4. French Onion soup must be in the air!! I just made it for Valentine's Day. It's not something you think of making often but when you do you wish you would make it more often. Thanks for always posting such yummy recipes!
    Blessings to you,

  5. I love French Onion soup. I may have to make some next week. It looks great.

  6. Hello Mrs. Joy, just found your blog this evening, and I've been here far too long already. ~smile~ I've pinned a few of your recipes and look forward to visiting again.

    Do drop in and visit at Harvest Lane Cottage,
    Mrs. Laura


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