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Easy French Onion Soup

This easy and delicious soup has just the right sweetness which makes it outstanding.
Course Soup
Cuisine Soup
Keyword easy French onion soup, french onion soup, onion soup
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 4 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 9 minutes
Servings 6 cups
Calories 315kcal


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 onions vidalia, or 4 cups of sliced onions
  • 2 teaspoons garlic paste or 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 32 ounces beef broth or vegetable if you want to keep it vegetarian
  • ¼ cup dry sherry
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup optional
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce


  • 4 slices crusty bread small French bread loaf
  • 2 slices provolone cheese
  • 1 slice muenster cheese


  • Heat medium sauce pan on medium heat
  • Add oil and butter
  • Add onions and sauté for 15 minutes - until juices are released
  • Add garlic paste and cook for 2 minutes
  • Add broth, sherry, wine, thyme, maple syrup, salt and soy sauce
  • Bring to a boil, and lower to a simmer and cook for 50 minutes
  • Preheat oven to broil, on high
  • Ladle soup in crocks
  • Cut French loaf into slices.  Toast 4 pieces (or as many pieces as you are serving.  I do 2 per crock.
  • Place tasted bread on soup in crocks, place a half of munster on each crock and a piece of provolone on the munster
  • Place crocks on jelly roll pans and place the pan under the broiler
  • Stand there and make sure the cheese doesn't get burned - mine took 2 minutes
  • Serve
  • Eat
  • Smile
  • Enjoy


Helpful tips
  • Use vidalia onions as they are the sweetest and have such a lovely flavor.
  • If you have a Trader Joe's near you, I really recommend their organic broths as they are affordable, tasty and robust.
  • I use different cheeses each time I make this soup. My favorites are muenster, provolone and Swiss. But you can use whatever you like.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 315kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 1361mg | Potassium: 257mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 275IU | Vitamin C: 5.1mg | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 2mg