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French Onion Soup – Oldie but Goodie


Everyone has their own way of making French Onion Soup and perhaps some aren’t classic French at all, like the one I make sometimes with leeks instead of onions. Onion soup is something we eat often at home, there are always onions, bread and cheese in our house if nothing else. This is the version we had this week but next week it could be tweaked a different way, maybe a splash of wine or cognac if I can sneak it out of the cellar. Use the cheese and bread of your taste, we use sour dough more often than French bread as it doesn’t saturate as quickly as the airy French style loaves we have here. Anyway, however you make it I’m sure you will enjoy it and this one is a good base and then tweak away!

Ingredients – makes 4

  • 6 brown onions
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • handful of fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tblsp butter
  • 3 cups beef stock
  • 1tbsp Dijon mustard
  • salt & cracked black pepper to taste
  • 50g Gruyere Cheese
  • French bread or sour dough for croutons


  • Grate the cheese.
  • Slice 2 large slices of bread from the French stick per person about 1 inch thick. Or maybe only on if it in the neck of the bowls you are using.
  • Thinly slice the onions
  • Melt butter in a large saucepan and add the onions, garlic and the thyme leaves.
  • Cook on a medium heat for about 10 minutes until onions are soft and golden.
  • Add beef stock and Dijon and simmer for a further 30 minutes.
  • Season with salt and cracked pepper.
  • Divide the soup between 4 bowls and place 2 slices of bread on top of each bowl of soup.
  • Sprinkle the cheese over the croutons and soup.
  • Place bowls on a baking tray and place under a grill.
  • Grill the cheese until it starts to bubble and melt.

  • 7 Comments Post a comment
    1. My mums favourite soup is french onion, and everytime it is mentioned or she sees it on TV she lets out this sigh of longing, i have a feeling im going to have to try it out some day to earn some brownie points! This looks like a fabulous recipe and might well be the one i opt for in my quest to please the mother 🙂 gorgeous photo too!

      July 27, 2011
    2. Funny – I have a post all drafted up about how I’m seeing French Onion soup everywhere at the moment! Love the look of yours. I’m not brave enough to move the full soup bowls in and out of the oven (I just know bad things would happen) so I just cheat and grill the bread on its own and pop it in the soup just before serving 😉

      July 27, 2011
      • peasepudding #

        Nothing wrong with doing it that way either, we are just greedy and love lots of cheese.

        July 28, 2011
    3. Hello! Been so crazy I haven’t had a chance to blog hop but always glad to see an Alli post in my reader ^_^

      July 30, 2011
    4. Jean-Louis #

      I have to ask how can you eat this summer or is it that it is winter in your neck of the woods

      August 1, 2011
      • peasepudding #

        Hi Jean-Louis, yes we are in our winter months in New Zealand right now so soups are perfect for the cold days. I hope you are enjoying warmer weather in France, we have just spent some time in the Brantome area and loved it very much.

        August 2, 2011
    5. Yummy! I loooove French onion soup more than any other soup.

      I wrote my own easy-ish version as well. Bet you never thought a French Onion Soup recipe would have James Van Der Beek crying:

      August 12, 2011

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