Hearty French Onion Soup for Winter

2016 Apr 20 |  Written by:  | Tags: ,

Hearty French Onion Soup for Winter, 3.8 out of 5 based on 12 ratings You know that it’s time for a hearty soup when it’s so cold that just want to bundle up inside the house. Try to warm up with this cosy recipe: a classic French onion soup. It’s hearty, rich and delicious, we won’t be surprised if you make it during other seasons as well.

The key to making this recipe is patience, as it takes a while for the onions to reach delicate caramelisation and the wine to evaporate from the soup. To save time, you can caramelise the onions ahead of time.

This French onion soup recipe reheats well for next-day entertaining.

French Onion Soup

Servings: 4-6

Prep Time: 15 Minutes

Cook Time: 2 Minutes


  • 115 g unsalted butter
  • 4 large onions, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 fresh thyme sprigs
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 240 ml red wine
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1.9 l beef broth
  • 1 baguette, sliced
  • 680 g grated Gruyere cheese


  1. In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat.
  2. Add the onions, garlic cloves, bay leaves, thyme and salt and pepper.
  3. Cook until onions are caramelised, about 45 minutes.
  4. Add the wine and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat and simmer until wine evaporates and onions are dry, about 40 minutes.
  6. Discard bay leaves and thyme sprigs from the soup.
  7. Dust onions with flour and stir to coat.
  8. Reduce heat to medium low and cook for 10 minutes.
  9. Add the beef broth and simmer for 10 minutes.
  10. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  11. For the croutons: Preheat the broiler.
  12. Arrange the baguette slices on a baking sheet in a single layer.
  13. Sprinkle with cheese and broil until bubbly and golden brown, around 3-5 minutes.
  14. Ladle soup into bowls and serve with croutons on top.
French Onion Soup

Try this one at home and tell us how you like it!

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Rating: 3.8/5 (12 votes cast)
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