Old Fashioned French Onion Soup

Today, we delve into the heartwarming world of a classic dish that has graced many a dining table with its rich, flavorful presence – the Old Fashioned French Onion Soup. Perfect for anyone seeking comfort in a bowl, this recipe is a testament to the magic that simple ingredients can create when combined with patience and love.

The Essence of Old Fashioned French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup, a timeless bistro favorite, is more than just a dish; it’s a culinary journey that begins with the humble onion and transforms it into a decadent, soul-soothing delight. This recipe is ideal for those who relish the depth of flavor and the joy of creating something extraordinary from everyday ingredients.

Kitchen Equipment Essentials

  • Large pot
  • Wooden spoon
  • Oven-safe bowls
  • Broiler
  • Cheese grater
  • Ladle


  • 6 large yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 8 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 baguette, sliced and toasted
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Gruyère cheese


  1. Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add onions, cooking until caramelized (about 40 minutes), stirring frequently.
  3. Incorporate garlic and cook for an additional minute.
  4. Deglaze with white wine, scraping the pot’s bottom.
  5. Add beef broth, bay leaves, and thyme. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 30 minutes.
  7. Under a preheated broiler, place ladled soup in oven-safe bowls, topped with baguette and Gruyère.
  8. Broil until the cheese is bubbly and golden.

Tips, Shortcuts, and Variations

  • Shortcut: Use a mandoline for even, thin onion slices.
  • Variation: For a vegetarian twist, swap beef broth with a rich vegetable broth.
  • Tip: For best results, use homemade beef broth.
  • Swap: If Gruyère is unavailable, try Emmental or a mature Cheddar.

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