French Onion Soup Recipe

Although the French onion soup recipe has been modernized, this dish (Soupe à l'oignon) dates back to the mid-1700’s. It originated in Lyons, France . Cheap and abundant, onions were a popular ingredient among the workers. Would you believe this simple yet sophisticated dish is on the school menus in France? The French believe in introducing young children to gourmet adult foods at a young age. French children develop their palates and learn to enjoy real food. They sit for multi-course meals and enjoy the conversation.

French onion soup is a perfect way to introduce your child to French culture. The carmelized onions become very sweet, and the melted cheese atop has a fun “stringyness” to it.


  • 3 large red onions
  • 3 large sweet onions
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon of sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 cups of beef stock (homemade stock is best)
  • 1/2 cup of red wine
  • 1/4 teaspoon of dry thyme
  • Kosher Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 4 thick slices French baguette
  • 1 1/2 cups of grated Gruyère cheese

  • Mince the onions. Heat the oil in a non-stick fry pan on medium high heat. Add the onions and toss to coat them with oil. After 10 minutes add the sugar. Reduce heat to medium low. Add the garlic and thyme. Cook over medium heat for 30 -40 minutes or until caramelized, stirring occasionally.
  • After the onions have caramelized, pour in the beef stock and the red wine. Continue cooking on very low heat for 25 minutes. Add salt to taste, if needed (depending on saltiness of broth).
  • Spoon into four ovenproof bowls. Top with toasted baguette and cheese. Use lots of cheese so it covers and drips over the sides. Place in the broiler until brown and bubbly. Serve immediately.
  • For vegetarians, vegetable stock can be substituted for beef stock in the French onion soup recipe. Homemade stock is better.

  • Onion soup La soupe à l'oignon
    Onion L’oignon
    Olive oil L’huile d’olive
    Sugar Le sucre
    Garlic L’ail
    Salt Le sel
    Pepper Le poivre
    Cheese Le fromage
    I like onion soup. J’aime la soupe à l'oignon.
    The soup is hot. La soupe est chaude.

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