A Chef's Favorite Quick & Easy French Onion Soup Recipe by Chef Gigi

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11 months ago

A Chef's Favorite Quick & Easy French Onion Soup Recipe

If you're anything like me – you’re always short on time, but long on flavor. Then this French onion soup recipe is perfect for you. 

This easy French onion soup recipe is so rich and delicious, you'll never believe how simple it is to make. It's one of my family's favorite meals for lunch or dinner, and I hope it will become one of your family faves, too!

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Cuisine: French
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 large onions, sliced thin
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 cup red wine, about 1/2 bottle (optional)
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 2 quarts beef broth
  • 1 sweet baguette, sliced in 1-inch diagonal slices
  • 1/2 pound grated Gruyere (or your favorite Swiss cheese)
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped fine for garnish (optional)

Here's how you make it:

  1. In a stock pot over medium heat, melt the butter and oil. Add the onions, garlic, bay leaves, thyme, and salt and pepper. Cook until the onions are deep brown and caramelized, 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Add the wine and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the wine has evaporated and the onions are dry, about 5 minutes. Remove the herbs.
  3. Dust the onions with the flour and stir. Reduce heat to medium low so the flour doesn’t burn and cook about 5 minutes. Add the beef broth slowly while stirring to avoid lumping. Return soup to a simmer. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Toast sliced baguettes until nicely brown. Rub each piece of toasted baguette with fresh cut garlic. Set aside.
  5. When ready to serve, preheat the oven to broil. Place the soup bowls in a roasting pan and ladle the soup into bowls. Top each bowl with 2 slices of bread and then a handful of grated Gruyere. Sprinkle fresh parsley on top, if desired. Place in the oven to toast the bread and melt the cheese. Serve.

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Olive Oil $4 & Up
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Elisa Schmitz
OMG, one of my all-time faves! Chef Gigi Gaggero
Tiffany Zook
I’m omitting the flour to make it gf. Making this today.. “snow day” in TX! Ha!
Tiffany Zook
How do you cut and cook onions cry babies? Like a boss!!!
Elisa Schmitz
Hahaha!!! Oh, Tiffany Zook , you crack me up! Great pic! How did Chef Gigi Gaggero ’s soup turn out? If it’s good GF, let me know cuz I’ll make your version!!
Tiffany Zook
It was Wonderful, I’ll never use canned soup again. I just used a gf flour. I’m glad you appreciate the swim goggles . My eyes are so onion sensitive , it’s the only way I can do it.
Chef Gigi
((((((TIFFANY ))))) YOU’RE KILLING ME!!!!!! HA! ROTF!!!!!!! ❤️😉
Chef Gigi
So happy y you ❤️ it! It’s SO simple to eat outside the box ! YAY!
Donna John
I LOVE french onion soup. This sounds so yummy. If we could only get Chef Adrianne Calvo to share her amazing recipe with us! :-)
This one is going in to the pot right now! Been craving french onion soup and bought ingredients last shopping trip. I did come to my favorite site to get the recipe ...and from the sounds of it so happy that I did. Thanks so much for posting. I saw that Tiffany Zook made this on a snow day in Texas ...made me laugh. Im also in Texas and its a little cool today so this will be such a treat

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