French Onion Soup Recipe

Savor the Classic: A Deliciously Simple French Onion Soup Recipe

Indulge in the warm and comforting flavors of a classic French onion soup with our deliciously simple recipe. Perfect for a cozy evening in or a dinner party with friends, this timeless dish is sure to satisfy everyone. With just a handful of ingredients and a little bit of time, you will create a bowl of rich and flavorful soup that will transport you to the streets of Paris.

This recipe appears in our cookbook “Cooking for One – Not an Army” along with other delicious soup recipes. It’s made for one, but you can easily double (or triple) this recipe for company or leftovers! If you didn’t get a copy yet, our book is on Amazon right here!

Using a combination of caramelized onions, savory beef broth, and a hint of herbs, this French onion soup is a culinary triumph. The onions are slowly simmered until golden brown.  Their natural sweetness releases and creates a deep, satisfying flavor. Paired with yummy garlic bread and topped with melted cheese, each spoonful is out of this world.

Whether you are a seasoned cook or just starting your culinary journey, this French onion soup recipe is a must-try. So grab a ladle and get ready to whip up this classic dish!

French Onion Soup

Onions simmered in a rich broth and served with garlic bread and Gruyere cheese.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Lunch, Main Course, Side, Soup
Cuisine French
Servings 1 people


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup yellow onion thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup white wine or additional broth
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 thick slice French bread
  • ¼ cup shredded Gruyere cheese
  • 1 green onion sliced


  • Saute onions in butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic, thyme, salt and pepper and cook until the onions are soft and caramelized, about 25 minutes.
  • Add the wine, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until the wine has evaporated, about 5 minutes.
  • Sprinkle the flour over the onions and stir. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 10 minutes, being careful the flour doesn’t burn. Also, make sure flour does not clump.
  • Stir in the chicken broth and bring the soup back to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes.
  • Adjust salt and pepper, if necessary.
  • Top a piece of French bread with shredded Gruyere cheese and broil until the cheese is browned and bubbly.
  • Ladle the soup into a bowl, top with the toasted French bread and garnish with sliced green onion.


This recipe is in our cookbook, “Cooking for One – Not an Army,” along with other favorite recipes. It’s made for one, but you can easily double this recipe for company or leftovers! If you didn’t get a copy yet, our book is on Amazon right here!
Serving: 1serving | Calories: 628kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 47g | Saturated Fat: 28g | Cholesterol: 126mg | Sodium: 1145mg | Potassium: 584mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1365IU | Vitamin C: 6.1mg | Calcium: 379mg | Iron: 2.2mg
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
Keyword cooking for one, soup
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The History of French Onion Soup

French onion soup has a rich history that dates back to ancient times. It is believed that the dish originated in ancient Rome where onions were often used in cooking due to their availability and long shelf life. Over time, the recipe for onion soup evolved and made its way to France.  There, it became a staple in French cuisine.
During the Middle Ages, French onion soup gained popularity among the ‘common folk’ as onions were considered a cheap and readily available ingredient. It was a simple and nourishing dish that provided warmth and sustenance during cold winter months. The soup became synonymous with French culture and is now enjoyed worldwide.

Tips for Enhancing the Flavor of French Onion Soup

  • For an extra depth of flavor, you can add a splash of balsamic vinegar or a dash of Worcestershire sauce to the soup while it’s simmering.
  • If you prefer a vegetarian version of French onion soup, substitute the chicken broth with vegetable broth.
  • Experiment with different types of onions, such as red onions or shallots, to add a unique twist to your soup.
  • For a richer broth, use a combination of beef and chicken broth.
  • Don’t rush the caramelization process. Slowly simmering the onions over low heat will bring out their natural sweetness and enhance the overall flavor of your soup.

Serving and Garnishing Options for French Onion Soup

French onion soup is traditionally served in individual oven-safe bowls and topped with melted cheese. However, you can also get creative with your presentation. Here are a few serving and garnishing options to consider:

  • Serve the soup in a hollowed-out bread bowl for an extra touch of rustic charm.
  • Garnish each bowl with a sprig of fresh thyme or a sprinkle of chopped parsley for a pop of color.
  • Drizzle a small amount of truffle oil or truffle-infused olive oil over the soup to elevate the flavors.
  • Serve the soup alongside a simple green salad or a crusty baguette for a complete meal.

Variations of French Onion Soup

While this French onion soup recipe is undeniably delicious, there are several variations to explore.

  • Vegetarian French Onion Soup: Substitute the chicken broth with vegetable broth and omit the Worcestershire sauce for a vegetarian-friendly version.
  • French Onion Soup with a Twist: Add a splash of red wine or brandy to the soup for an extra layer of complexity.
  • French Onion Soup with Gourmet Cheese: Experiment with different types of cheese. Emmental or Fontina create unique flavor profiles.
  • French Onion Soup with Beef: Enhance the richness of the soup by adding thinly sliced beef or beef chunks during the cooking process.
  • Try this French Onion Soup recipe that omits wine.

Health Benefits of French Onion Soup

French onion soup not only satisfies your taste buds but also offers some health benefits. Here are a few reasons to savor this classic dish:

  • Onions are rich in antioxidants and contain compounds that may help reduce the risk of certain chronic diseases.
  • Onions are a good source of dietary fiber which aids digestion and supports a healthy gut.
  • The soup is low in calories and fat.  It’s a healthier option compared to other creamy soups.
  • French onion soup provides a good amount of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, vitamin B6, and iron.

Pairing French Onion Soup with Wine or Other Dishes

French onion soup pairs beautifully with a variety of wines and other dishes. Here are a few suggestions to enhance your dining experience:

  • Wine Pairing: Choose a dry white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay, to complement the flavors of French onion soup. The acidity and crispness of these wines balance out the richness of the dish.
  • Cheese and Charcuterie Board: Serve the soup as an appetizer alongside a selection of cheeses, cured meats, and crusty garlic bread for a delightful combination of flavors and textures.
  • Salad: Enjoy a fresh green salad with a simple vinaigrette as a light and refreshing accompaniment to the soup.

Other Delicious Soups

If you’re looking for more veggies in your soup, our Healthy Zucchini Soup is a great option.  For those watching their weight, check out our Slow Cooker Weight Watchers Vegetable Soup.  No one will know it’s a diet recipe – seriously!  Ever heard of Stone Soup? It is, hands down, the MOST versatile soup you will ever enjoy!  This works for every full moon, parties, and for those days you need to use up stuff in your fridge.  You HAVE to try it!

Final Thoughts on French Onion Soup

French onion soup is a classic dish that never fails to impress. Its rich flavors and comforting qualities make it a perfect choice for any occasion. Whether you’re looking to recreate a taste of France or simply want to enjoy a delicious and satisfying meal, this recipe is a fantastic addition to your repertoire.

So gather your ingredients, dust off your soup pot, and embark on a culinary journey to savor classic French onion soup. With its simplicity and timeless appeal, this dish is sure to become a favorite in your kitchen. Bon appétit!

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