French Onion Soup

Simple French onion soup recipe with beef broth base, caramelized onions, French bread and cheese. An easy, yet fantastic choice for your meal. My friend Anna Owens shared this recipe with me.
French Onion Soup


  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 onion (large, chopped)
  • 1/4 cup red wine (or white)
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 slices French bread
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon Sherry vinegar
  • 1 pinch sugar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • cheese (to taste, shredded, mixture of Parmeggiano Regiano and Cheddar, or Gruyere Cheese)
  • salt
  • pepper
Prep time:
10 minutes
Cook time:
50 minutes
Total time:
1 hour
Yield: 2 Servings | Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 50 minutes | Total time: 1 hour


1. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a medium pot over medium-high heat. Stir in chopped onion, season with salt, cover the pot and sauté the onion for a couple of minutes. Then add a pinch of sugar, reduce heat to real low and cook for about 25-30 minutes, until well browned but not burnt (stir every few minutes).
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2. Add 1/2 tablespoon butter to the pot, then add flour and stir well.
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3. Gradually whisk in the wine and beef broth, stirring constantly. Add bay leaf, season with salt and pepper to taste, and cook for 10 more minutes.
4. Add Sherry vinegar and more salt, if necessary.
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5. Preheat oven to 450F (230C).
6. Top the bread slices with some butter, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake in the preheated oven for 1-2 minutes, then remove from the oven, top with cheese and bake for another 2 minutes.
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7. Preheat broiler. Divide the soup between 2 french onion soup bowls (or ramekins). Top generously with cheese and broil for 1-2 minutes to brown the top.
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this soup I learned how to

annaowens May 31, 2013 1:05 PM
this soup I learned how to make from a chef from France. My family loves it

Impressive soup!

kirstin555 May 15, 2013 2:23 PM
Absolutely love French Onion Soup. I usually use a combination of Gruyere and Asiago cheese. This soup is always a hit in my family. Great for a main dish as well as appetizer.

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