This French Onion Soup is my absolute, hands-down favorite. Unless of course it’s being made for me at a delicious french restaurant like Brasserie by Niche. The recipe says 4 oz. of cheese, but let’s be honest – that’s just a starting point. No judgment here if you want to add a few more ounces – per bowl.

CarAmElized Onions

I know a lot of people are intimidated by caramelized onions, but you shouldn’t be. The trick is low to medium heat and patience. Yes, they take a long time – almost an hour turn into that beautiful brown caramelized goo. But it is well worth the effort every single time! Plus, you’ll have plenty of extra wine to drink while stirring. This recipe only calls for 1.5 cups. 

Yes More Cheese Please

Let’s be honest, no French Onion Soup is complete without oozy cheese spilling over the sides of golden toasted crusty bread. I almost always use more than this recipe calls for – and I may or may not make extras on a seperate baking sheet, so that once I finish my initial piece, I can have seconds. 

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Jen’s Favorite French Onion Soup

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  • Author: Jennifer Richmond


Courtesy of Epicurious


5 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3 pounds Vidalia onions (about 4 medium), halved lengthwise, peeled, and thinly sliced
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
½ teaspoon granulated sugar
1½ cups dry white wine
6 cups homemade beef broth or store-bought low-sodium beef broth
10 sprigs thyme
2 bay leaves
1 baguette
1 garlic clove, cut in half lengthwise
2 teaspoons sherry, preferably Fino or Manzanilla
4 ounces Gruyère cheese, grated (about 1 cup)


  1. Step 1

    In a large Dutch oven or other large pot, melt 3 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add the oil and onions; cook onions are until softened, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes. Add the salt, pepper, and sugar; continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are deep golden brown and caramelized, reducing heat slightly if onions seem to be browning too quickly, 35 to 45 minutes more.

    Step 2

    Add wine and raise heat to high. Cook until almost all liquid has evaporated, 8 to 10 minutes.

    Step 3

    Tie thyme and bay leaves into a bundle with twine. Add broth and herb bundle to pot with onions. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook, uncovered, until broth is thickened and flavorful, 20 to 30 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Taste and adjust seasoning.

    Step 4

    Heat the broiler. Cut two ½-inch baguette slices for every serving of soup. Place baguette slices on a rimmed baking sheet and toast in oven until crisp and dry but not browned, about 1 minute per side. Rub one side of each toast with the garlic clove and set aside.

    Step 5

    Place ramekins or ovensafe bowls on a rimmed baking sheet, add ½ teaspoon of sherry to the bottom of each, and ladle soup on top. Top each serving of soup with two garlic-rubbed toasts. Divide cheese among the servings, covering the bread and some of the soup. Carefully transfer baking sheet to oven and broil until cheese is melted and bubbling, 4 to 8 minutes. (Alternatively, if using regular soup bowls: Top each garlic-rubbed toast with some cheese and return to broiler to melt, about 2 minutes more. Divide sherry and soup among bowls, sprinkle with remaining cheese, and top each serving with two cheese toasts.)

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