French onion soup and it's history through the ages. |
5 from 3 votes

French Onion Soup

Here an easy recipe developed by my son Adam with rich aromatic her flavors. The onions are sweet and caramelized to make a really delicious broth.  This dish also has an interesting food history. 

Course Soup
Cuisine French
Keyword caramelized onion, crusty bread, food history, homemade, melted cheese, rich broth
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: Change to adjust-> 6 servings
Calories 434 kcal


  • 3 onions medium, sliced
  • 4 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 6 cups beef stock
  • 2 garlic cloves miced
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 4 sprigs thyme fresh, tied with kitchen twine
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 4 oz. cognac
  • 1 dash nutmeg
  • 1 cup Gruyere shredded
  • 1 baguette sliced and toasted


  1. Place onions in a medium sized bowl. Sprinkle with flour, pepper and salt.
  2. In a medium stock pot melt the butter and add the onions. Toss onions in the butter until they are translucent. Add the sugar.
  3. Turn heat to low and cover. Cook until onions are caramelized (a brown color). This will take about 45 minutes. Move onions around frequently to ensure even cooking.
  4. Add the stock,wine, thyme, bay leaves, oregano, and garlic. Cook for about 30 minutes on low.
  5. Turn off heat. Add cognac and nutmeg. Stir and allow to sit for about 10 minutes.
  6. Portion into oven safe bowls.
  7. Place toasted slices of baguette on top of the soup. Sprinkle liberally with Gruyere.
  8. Place under the broiler until the cheese begins to sizzle. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
French Onion Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 434 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 45mg 15%
Sodium 1514mg 63%
Potassium 598mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 36g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 5g
Protein 16g 32%
Vitamin A 9.7%
Vitamin C 6.6%
Calcium 30.3%
Iron 14.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.