This Easy Homemade French Onion Soup is irresistibly delicious, topped with a toasted baguette and a thick layer of ooey gooey melted gruyere cheese!
It wasn’t until THIS winter when I decided to try French Onion Soup for the first time. There have been times when, for some odd reason I ‘decide’ not to give a certain food a chance, and clearly this is the case here. Same goes to -don’t judge– our classic New England Clam Chowder. I should be really ashamed to say that It took me almost 10 years living in NE until I finally tried Clam Chowder!
It so happens that my new hot spot in the mall, is at PAUL Bakery, where I found the perfect combination of the European charm, a quaint little spot with comfortable sitting, delicious hot cup-of-coffee and unlimited wi-fi. With it’s roots in northern France, Paul Bakery has been around for five generations!
Are you thinking what I am thinking ?
THIS has got to be the place to try my first cup of French Onion Soup!
Needless to say, I enjoyed every sip of it. So much so, that I HAD to try making this at home. Luckily it is very easy to make homemade French Onion Soup, all you need is a few ingredients and a bit of time to caramelize the onions.
The process is rather simple but it does require about 40-45 just for the caramelization of the onion. However, in my eyes that time can be easily filled with gathering the remains ingredients, setting the table and helping the children with their homework. Before you know, it’s time to finish up things and enjoy a tasty bowl of homemade French Onion Soup.
Check out this Butternut Squash & Turmeric Soup!
There are a few ways you can make French Onion Soup, so keep an open mind and know that not all ingredients are completely necessary and there are substitutions available. If you want to try making this recipe at home and don’t have a certain ingredient or opt out of using other ingredients, that is possible and you can always email me with questions.
Here is to a delicious traditional irresistible French Onion Soup, packed with delicious flavors, topped with a toasted baguette and a thick layer of ooey gooey melted gruyere cheese! Cheers!!
- 4 large yellow onions, chopped
- 3 tbsp butter
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tsp brown sugar (white or raw sugar will work)
- 1 tbsp brown rice flour (or all purpose flour)
- ½ cup white wine (optional but recommended)
- 4 cups beef stock/ broth
- 1 sprig of fresh thyme
- 1 baguette
- 1 tbsp olive oil for brushing
- 1 cup shredded gruyere cheese
- Melt butter on a dutch oven or any large pot. Add the chopped onions and cook on medium heat until fully caramelized. This process will take roughly 40-45 minutes. Stir occasionally in the beginning and often toward the end. About 38-40 minutes into the process, add in the sugar and garlic and continue stirring. When the onions are medium brown (not burned) and fully caramelized, add in the flour to slightly thicken the broth, stir. Add the wine and using a wooden spoon, scrape up every bit of onion that may be attached to the bottom of the pan. Add in the beef stock, fresh thyme and half cover the pot, allowing it to simmer for 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, turn oven to 400F degrees. Slice the baguette and brush each slice with olive oil on both sides. Bake for about 5 minutes or until golden toasted. Remove baguette from oven and switch oven to broil.
- Scoop the French onion soup into oven safe bowl. Place two slices of toasted baguette on top of the soup and generously cover the baguette and soup with shredded gruyere cheese. Place the oven safe bowls on a baking sheet to catch any drippings from the melted cheese and broil for about 3 minutes or until cheese is completely melted and ooey gooey delicious!