EASY French Onion Soup

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

French Onion Soup - an easy recipe from Walking on Sunshine

French Onion Soup is one of my favorites!
My husband and I actually love ordering French Onion Soup whenever we go out to eat and are in the mood for soup.  I always thought it was just a "restaurant ordering" type of soup. I never knew it could be so EASY to make! Today I'm sharing with you this amazing recipe for Easy French Onion Soup.  It makes a great accompaniment with grilled cheese sandwiches or it's a great meal all on it's own.  AND it freezes beautifully.  On a busy day, I take a container of this soup out of the freezer, 
toast some bread for croutons and dinner is ready.  

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French Onion Soup
(Recipe adapted from The Barefoot Contessa)


  • 5 cups of thinly sliced yellow onions
  • 4 TBS. butter
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 8 cups beef broth
  • 3 TBS flour
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • salt and pepper
  • homemade croutons
  • cheese; see note below


In a large stock pot, melt the butter and add the sliced onions.
After a few minutes of cooking, add the sugar and continue to cook the onions slowly, stirring frequently, for about 30 minutes; until they turn a deep golden brown.
Add the flour and cook for another few minutes.
Add the beef broth and allow the soup to simmer for another 30 minutes.
Taste the soup and see if it needs any salt or pepper.  I always wait till the end to season as the broth can add enough saltiness.
Remove the bay leaf.
Cut some crusty bread into cubes and toast them in the oven for a few minutes until they are browned.
Spoon the soup into an oven-safe bowl - THESE are my favorite.
Top with the homemade croutons.
Add the cheese on top.
Place the bowls of soup under the broiler for a few minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Onions have cooked for about 30 minutes and are deep golden brown...
Browned Onions for French Onion Soup from Walking on Sunshine

EASY French Onion Soup from Walking on Sunshine

Most recipes for French Onion Soup recipes call for some sort of alcohol to be added.  
I never add it and the flavor is still amazing. 

These are the bowls I like to use when making French Onion Soup.
They have a handle which makes it easier to get them out of the oven without anything spilling.

Note:  I've used mozzarella cheese, Gruyere cheese and provolone cheese. 
 It's up to you to decide!

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  1. I could sub gluten free flour and croutons! Putting on the menu for this week. One of my all time favorites!

  2. Yummy.. My husband loves French Onion Soup!

    1. Mine too Lynn! Which is why I love how easy this recipe is!

  3. This looks delicious! I love French onion soup. Thank you for the recipe. :-) Pinned.


    1. Thanks for stopping by and for pinning Kelly!

  4. What a great recipe! I'm definitely going to try it. Thanks for sharing. Pinning it!

  5. I love French Onion Soup and I've never prepared it myself. This looks so easy. Pinned to try!

  6. My husband and I LOVE French Onion Soup, but we are picky with flavor. Can you tell me why you add sugar? Just curious as I can't recall seeing anyone else use sugar in this recipe. Sounds yummy though and the picture makes me crave all over again.

    1. Hilary, it just takes the "bite" out of the onion. And it's not much. You could probably leave it out! I hope you try the recipe. Thanks so much for visiting!

    2. I am printing it out now. Any tips on how to keep the house from wreaking of onions? lol

    3. Well, I've found that a nice scented candle helps. ;) There is a smell when you're cooking that many onions! Thanks Hillary!

  7. We love French onion soup - I am definitely going to be trying this. Thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy

  8. This recipe is amazing! I'm so glad you shared it at last week's Project Stash Link Party. We featured you and pinned you onto our Pinterest board! The party opens at 8:00 pm tonight so stop by, grab a featured button, and share how you've used your stash this week! :) http://goo.gl/kOb80u

  9. I'd love a bowl of this!! Thanks for linking up with SNF! Pinned to our party board!!

  10. I love French Onion.Thank you for such a easy recipe.

  11. Yum- I LOVE french onion soup. Can't wait to try this!

    I stopped by from Inspire Me Monday!

  12. Oh my-I just LOVE French Onion Soup! Can't wait to try your recipe!!! Pinning and sharing! Thank you for linking up to The Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop!

  13. Sounds delicious - thanks for the recipe! Pinned to share and definitely making this soup soon.

  14. We just love French Onion Soup. I haven't made this in a while but I think it's time this week now that the weather is cooling down. Thanks so much for sharing with Foodie Friends Friday party this weekend. Pinning/sharing.

  15. Hey, Lois! Just wanted to let you know that we loved your French Onion Soup so much when you shared it at the #HomeMattersParty last week, we’ve FEATURED it THIS WEEK! Hope you can check it out when you get a sec! Happy Friday!!! http://lifewithlorelai.com/2015/10/08/home-matters-linky-party-58/

    Life With Lorelai / Home Matters Linky Party

  16. I adore French Onion Soup. It is easy to make but somehow seems like it should be harder. Congrats on your feature on the #HomeMattersParty

  17. That looks delicious!! I always want to make this, but can never find the time. Pinned it to try! #HomeMattersParty

  18. I LOVE French Onion soup! and I really like that you use cubed bread instead of a slice. Makes it so much easier to eat.