Classic French Onion Soup Recipe



Who doesn't love a bowl of classic French onion soup? It's comforting, flavorful and cheesy enough to be the ultiimate comfort food. It is available at most restaurants but have you tried making it at home?

Fine Dining Lovers is here to guide you with a step-by-step recipe that is easy to follow. You'll be able to make this French classic with simple ingredients. Ready to give it a go? Keep reading.


The great Julia Child believed that onions for an onion soup need ''a long, slow cooking in butter and oil, then a long, slow simmering in stock.'' Her cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cookingadvises a 2 1/2 hour cooking time - from start to finish.

To stay true to the classic French onion soup recipe we recommend the following ingredients and procedure:

For 4 servings

  • 700g (1 1/2 lbs) onions
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 800ml (3 1/3 cup) beef stock (you can also use vegetable stock)
  • 200ml (7 oz) white wine
  • 4 slices of thickly cut baguette
  • 100 g (1/2 c) Gruy√®re cheese, shredded
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • pepper to taste


1. Peel and slice the onions into strips.

2. Heat the oil and butter in a heavy bottomed pan. Cook the onions for 10-15 minutes on low heat, stirring regularly and allowing them to soften.

3. Add the salt and sugar then increase to medium heat. Cook the onions for about 30 minutes, stirring regularly until deep golden brown.

4. Pour broth and wine and continue cooking for 15 minutes.

5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

6. Divide into 4 soup bowls, put a slice of baguette on each bowl and sprinkle with grated cheese.

7. Toast in a broiler for 5 minutes, sprinkle with freshly ground pepper and serve. Enjoy!