Oh So Good French Onion Soup

Total Time:
35 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
25 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 6 medium onions, thinly sliced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, picked and chopped or poultry seasoning
  • 1 bay leaf, fresh or dried
  • 1/2 cup dry sherry
  • 6 cups beef stock
  • 4 thick slices crusty bread, toasted
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded Gruyere or Swiss cheese
Directions

Heat a deep pot over medium to medium high heat. Work next to the stove to slice onions. Add oil and butter to the pot. Add onions to the pot as you slice them. When all the onions are in the pot, season with salt and pepper and 1 teaspoon fresh thyme. Cook onions 15 to 18 minutes, stirring frequently, until tender, sweet and caramel colored. Add bay leaf and sherry to the pot and deglaze the pan drippings. Add 6 cups stock and cover pot to bring soup up to a quick boil.

Arrange 4 small, deep soup bowls or crocks on a cookie sheet. Preheat broiler to high. Once soup reaches a boil, ladle it into bowls. Float toasted crusty bread on soup and cover each bowl with a mound of cheese. Sprinkle remaining fresh thyme on cheese and place cookie sheet with soup bowls on it under hot broiler until cheese melts and bubbles.


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Why would you use extra virgin olive oil. Heating it creates a toxin and make the flavor bitter. Heating olive oil is a mistake so many so called chefs make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe, but definitely needed a longer time to caramelize the onions. I used "Better Than Bouillon" beef stock, fresh thyme from my garden. Hubby loves it but plan a bit of extra time to caramelize the onions - the longer the better. Served with raw veggies and dip and sliced French bread, Really good on a rainy night. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It turned out awesome! I got tons of compliments. I did note that the soup tasted better the next day, and even better a day after that. So, you can make it ahead a day or two for sure. I used a bit of the "Better Than Bouillon" beef base which added a darker color and more flavor to the broth and even the onions. I noticed that because of the butter and the onion sweat combo, the onions didn't caramelize as I wanted it to in my stock pot, but it was tasty nevertheless! I also suggest medium dry sherry vs. very dry. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The soup turned out comparable to restaurant soups. Next time I would let it cook longer and caramelize the onions for longer. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really easy and the best I've had!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Followed recipe except made some changes based on a French Onion Soup I had at a restaurant called Knife & Fork Onion Soup. Hollowed out a couple of big onions, slow cooked some short ribs that day, caramelized cut up onion. Roasted the hollowed out onions, put the short rib meat in the onions and poured the french onion soup over, covered onion with different cheeses and served with bread on the side. I love French Onion Soup, my husband loves meat...a compromise item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fast, easy and tasty! I used a top quality swiss instead of the gruyere because my store only carries apple smoked gruyere plus I am the only one who eats it - I think the gruyere would give it a five-star rating. Also added three minced cloves of garlic halfway through cooking the onions. item not reviewed by moderator and published
If your looking for an onion soup recipe that you get at a restaurant this is it. I took some advise from other reviews and I must say that this was very yummy!! I followed the recipe but added a splash of worcestershire sauce and a bit of garlic. I think the soup needed a little bit more salt then called for. I bought a loaf of french bread and broke it into pieces then drizzled butter and sprinkled garlic powder and broiled it.Very easy item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good and easy to make. Great flavor, I really enjoyed eating this. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome recipe! The only change I made was to add about 2 t. of garlic towards the end of the cooking time for the onions. Oh, I also had to use ground thyme, since I didn't have fresh, but I don't think it made much of a difference. I let mine reduce down a bit after everything was in the pot, and that made it extra rich and yummy. I used provolone and swiss, since gruyere is so expensive. I also rubbed my baguette slices with garlic and put some butter on them before I plopped them into the soup : Awesome recipe, and I will definitely make it again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome! I added garlic & worcestershire and used provolone... item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had to substitute red wine for the sherry but it was still magnifico! Carmelizing the onions made the broth super rich, sweet and flavorful and I added extra fresh thyme. This warmed up a chilly rainy evening in Seattle! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Thought it was rather bland. I was expecting more. I might use a nice sweet red wine next time I make this item not reviewed by moderator and published
what is this ? supermonclerjacket item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love this recipe!!! It has to be made at least once a month for my husband! He loves it too!!! It's quick and easy and oh so yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love it! I have tried many recipes and I always end up with this one! I quadruple it for leftovers! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I Love French Onion Soup I followed the instructions except I used broth from left over roast beef which I use french onion soup to make. Marvelous soup. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Hands down, best french onion soup. I think the Sherry is what really gives it that extra something. Love fresh thyme but dried works just as well. Tons of gruyere, oh yea, tons of cheese.. oh so good. Great for a rainy day or any day for that matter! item not reviewed by moderator and published
A snowstorm appeared bigger than anticipated! In search of what can I make, I had many onions. Bg a Rachael fan, I perused the onion soup recipes and found this one. I have to say, this was the fastest pot of soup- so simple to put together, but without a doubt, so very tasty. I did have to substitute a thinly sliced bagel for the bread. I LOVED this pot of soup, as did my husband. So much flavor! Thanks Racheal! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I also had a problem carmelizing the onions, but I think I didn't have the heat up high enough, but still it was the best french onion soup I've ever had. However I toasted the bread separately then cut a clove of garlic in half and rubbed them each, then slightly buttered them, put on the cheese melted them under the broiler and then topped the soup, my husband & I both loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I DO NOT know why I couldn't get my onions to carmelize. I got a French Onion Soup recipe from her new show A Week in a Day and it calls for 4 large onions thinly sliced and 6T of butter (no oil), to be melted in Dutch Oven over Medium heat, and then add the onions and carmelize which should take 4- - 45 min. After an hour they were so soft and GREY but definately not carmely. I felt if I cooked them any longer they would evaporate so I just accepted them the way they were! Definately not carmelized!!! Any suggestions...I need to find out what went wrong!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved it! I just made it for the 2nd time tonight. I used 99% fat free beef broth this time, ehh it wasn't AS good obviously, plus I used no butter. I'm crazy but still it's Delicious and simple!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Ehh, it was terrible. . . .Followed the recipe verbatim and thought the soup would be amazing considering how many 5 stars it got from the fans. It was quite bland, and I had to add tons of salt to get any flavor out of it! I was excited and ecstatic to make it for dinner for my boyfriend because he LOVES french onion soup and this sure was a disappointment. In fact, I am now embarrassed that I made it because it looked bad on me. Sorry for the negativism, but this is the worst french onion soup I have ever tasted. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was easy and tasty. I used cognac instead of sherry, loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this soup is as good, if not better tan ANY fr onion i've ever had! it was so easy i've made 3 times already (in 1 1/2 mnths) i used cab instead of sherry and was still great.didn't even have to look at recipe again after first time- it was so simple. did sub some chix broth and chard in 2nd try (last minute craving and was snowed in w/out all ingredients) still good- but nowhere near as good as original. i also chunked and then toasted my bread.definate winner. ENJOY item not reviewed by moderator and published
spare of the moment wanted french onion soup had all the ingredients except the wine. i used sauvignon blanc but it came out very good. thanks rachael good job eleanor las vegas item not reviewed by moderator and published
I decided to try making this and it tasted great, but I would recommend it to accompany a meal or a sandwich as it wasn't very filling and quite rich if you have a whole bowl. I cut up the bred in crouton sized pieces and topped it with swiss, delicious in moderation. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this soup many times. The family loves it. I use swiss cheese instead of Gruyere; its cheaper and I am able to buy it shredded. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I followed the recipe 100% from the beef stock to the cheese. My family loved this soup. I plan on making it again and again. Next time I am going to use a couple more cups of stock so it has a little more brooth and honestly I think swiss cheese would be just as good....gonna try. Over all great flavor, restaurant quality! Thanks item not reviewed by moderator and published
I really liked this recipe...I made it with beef broth instead of stock. I would have liked it to be a little "beefier"...not sure if it had to do with the broth/stock situation or not. Tonight I made another chef's recipe, just to see which I preferred...and my daughter immediately told me to stick with this one. I would definately make it again. Not a high maintenance meal at all...it's wonderful!!!! Thanks Rachael! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was easy and really tasty. I probably did "French Onion Soup Sacrelig", but I had to do with what I had. I used 4 cups of chicken broth (Bouillon Cubes) along with 2 cups of Beef Broth, Croutons instead of crusty bread, Red Onions, Dried Thyme and Yikes! I only had Mozzarella Cheese. To top it off, I microwaved the cheese on top the first time and this recipe was still great. So, if it tastes great with all the shortcuts and crazy substitutes it will most definitely taste even better done the Rachel Ray way. But, then again, I don't know if I would change anything because it was so good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
as usual, rachel comes up with a quick and tasty soup. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used dried thyme, beef broth instead of stock, and provel cheese instead of guyere. I love guyere but it is a little expensive considering I am the only one in a household of four that eats it! I accidently added the 2 teaspoons of thyme to the soup instead of saving one for the top of the cheese, that threw off the taste of the broth a bit, but that was my fault. Overall, easy recipe and pretty tasty. Probably even better the next day! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Both my husband and I loved this. Used dried thyme, sweet onions and book broth instead of stock (and used extra stock). item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup was very easy to make, full of flavor, and didn't take much time. Thanks, Rachel! My variations were based on what I had on hand. I used dried thyme instead of fresh. I also substituted beer for the dry sherry and then added a dry bay leaf. It turned out great! I toasted a thick slice of french bread before putting it on top of the soup bowl (as mentioned)and then I put a slice of swiss cheese on top. It doesn't take very long under the broiler before it's ready to eat. Be careful, it's hot! I've had this soup at several restaurants and I loved that I could make a soup to compete with theirs! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great, easy recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Use a good quality beef broth to ensure a rich flavor. Sweet onions tend to be juicy and cook up great for this recipe item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best onion soup I've ever tasted or made. I saw this on one of Racheals shows were she added roast beef, so I made it with the roast beef it was wonderful either way. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My friend said that she's had french onion soup a bunch of times and mine was by far the best she's ever had! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup is so easy to make and my son loves it. He ia a typical 17 year old and is hard to please. He complimented me on it over and over. My husband likes it too and both of them want me to make it all the time now. I would make this for any dinner party that I hosted. All I can say is it is superb when I can find something that my two guys like. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I followed the recipe exactly as written and the soup came out perfect. The key ingredients are the thyme and bayleaf. item not reviewed by moderator and published
WOW! that is good french oin soup. EASY AND DELICIOUS. I used it with swiss cheese,just bought a block and grated some. Will make this from now one. (my first time making french onion) I served it to my family they loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
First time I made this type of soup. Recipe was very easy to follow, and was definately done in 30 minutes. Froze the leftover and they were equally delicious when reheated. Passed it on the co-workers and will be back for more! item not reviewed by moderator and published
oh my lord that was great of tried many this is the best one item not reviewed by moderator and published
Now I don't have to go to my favorite restaurant for onion soup. This is now a family favorite. Be sure to use Gruyere instead of the Swiss. The taste is worth the extra cost. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the BEST French Onion Soup I have ever had. I never even liked French Onion Soup until we tried this. My husband made it on our steak night and it went GREAT with a small salad, filet and grilled asparagus. We can't reccomend this recipe enough. It took a little longer for my husband to prepare it but it was well worth the wait. Our 2 year old daughter loved it cold! IT IS MY FAVORITE SOUP FROM NOW ON. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Aboslutely delicious and easy to make. The whole family loves it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had the best cup of french onion soup at a pricey steakhouse this weekend, and I have been looking for a good recipe ever since. I compared about 10 recipes I found, and decided to use Rachael's since I had most of her ingredients on hand. This soup was fantastic, right up there with my $10 cup at the steakhouse!! I left out the bread since I'm on phase 1 of South Beach Diet, and I also made a few other minor changes. I used 1/4 cup of dry sherry instead of 1/2; 3 spanish onions; and 2T chives (because they were in the steakhouse soup). I also had to cook the onions about 25 minutes until caramelized. Next time I will use fresh thyme instead of dry. Go with the Gruyere cheese...it cost me $9 for a brick, but it was well worth it! Make this soup today. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Flavor excellent and all in 30 minutes. Nice texture like ordering in a restaurant but better if you like French Onion Soup this is the recipe." Good to Go" Make it !!! ***** item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this french onion soup its soo easy and taste sooo good item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe for French Onion soup is awesome. It takes a little long for the 6 sliced onions to carmelize but it is worth the wait. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My sister made this for us and it was very good. I really like it!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very quick and easy solution to French Onion Soup. The fam loved it. I thought it was good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for our Christmas eve dinner alongside ruben sandwiches,it went over well. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe! The only thing I would do different is add a little more broth. This is truly a restaurant quality soup. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup is a great quick soup!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried the recipe and abslolutely loved the soup, it took half an hour to make and it tasted like it took me all day! The soup turned out so well that we are going to have it on Christmas Day with our Prime Rib! item not reviewed by moderator and published
love this recipe sometime I replace le sherry for 1/2 cup of beer item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is every easy!! Taste's great, better than in some restaurants I've been to. I've made it and served it several times and eveyone loves it. My cousins and I have an annual Fall Get Together and they want me to make every year. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved this soup, got amazing compliments! Would tweak the reciepe next time and add a little more broth than called for to hold up to all of the onions! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was ok but not as good as in a resturant item not reviewed by moderator and published
BEST ONION SOUP I EVER HAD- THE Gruyere CHEESE DID MAKE THE DIFFERENCE IN THE TOPING item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe!!!!! It was easy and took no time too make. Best of all the favor of this soup was wonderful. item not reviewed by moderator and published
EXCELLENT!!! PARIS BEWARE. This was so easy to prepare, easy to find ingredients, simple steps to follow and oh so yummy!! Thank you Rachel. I watch you as often as I can. You rock!!! Kathy item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had a craving for this and I was looking for a general idea of how to make this and this one recipe was it! I put my own spin on it though to make more mine than hers but sometimes that's what these recipes are here for right?! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is amazing. It was my first time making french onion soup and I was pretty intimidated. But the recipe was easy to follow and the results were great, so delicious. I used provolone cheese though. I will definitely make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
my daughter won't even order onion soup in restaurants anymore cuz they aren't as good!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
yes it was fast but only okay in taste. item not reviewed by moderator and published
not salty enough for me and the onions took forever to carmelize. The bread and cheese were delicious though. I just wanted more saltiness. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Can't mess this one up. It's so easy. I'd recommend a loaf of day old uncut bread from your grocery store bakery for the 'crouton' ... smother the thing in cheese so you have to punch through the layer of melted goodness with your spoon to get to the soup. Awesome. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was the best french onion soup i've ever had. I've been to many fine 5 star resturants and have never tasted soup this tasty before... perfect blend. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely fantastic and really quick too. I subsituted Cabernet for the Sherry because I forgot to buy it and it was still terrific. The flavors of the beef stock and wine blend perfectly with the cheese. My family loved it and it was a great start to a lovely Easter meal. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved this recipe! It's not the best french onion soup I've had but much faster to make and it has a great taste. It's even better the next day. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The soup is pretty good. I would recommend using a low sodium broth though. item not reviewed by moderator and published
An easy recipe that yields a fantastic soup. What more can you ask for? item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the 1st time I have made French Onion soup. I started this & ended up putting the pan in the frig. My husband & I changed our dinner plans. The next day I finished the caramelizing onions but then put the works in a crock pot!That turned out great! I think the next time I will try some garlic in the mix. This is a keeper. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Those onions need to soak up some of the beefy goodness before serving. In this recipe it does not. However, it is quick and pretty tasty item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup was quick to make but it is not up to my other recipe which is heartier in flavor and more robust bringing the onion to the center of attention. It was OK, but if you try other recipes you will know what I am talking about. This was good as an onion broth, but not soup. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Alton Brown's version was better. :\ item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was my first attempt at french onion soup and I thought it was wonderful! Although this is a 30 minute meal, I think the longer it cooked the better it got! I simmered mine for close to 2 hours. WTG Rachel! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I live in Minnesota and it is 27 below zero here. We don't let this bone chilling temp stop us from coming together with friends and family. I served this wonderfully warm soup at our home last night for My Mother and my husband and children. It was delicious!! I also served Rachels Stuffed peppers! Yum!! Keep up the good work Rachel, you have taught me so much and I never miss a show. Sincerly, Abbie Christian New Hope, Minnesota item not reviewed by moderator and published
this soup was bland and unappealing... yet another AWFUL rachel ray recipe, I don't know how she has a cooking show.... item not reviewed by moderator and published
It is what it's name says, Oh So Good French Onion Soup! I tried it once and like it so much I fixed it for a crowd of people at work. They thought it was great! So this recipe has gone into my recipe box! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wasn't sure how to make this, but we always love it when we eat out. Turned out great the first time will no problems. Looking forward to having it again soon.Beef stock becomes much more flavorful after it simmers awhile, if you have the time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried this recipe using organic onions, beef broth, and thyme and the results were amazing. The organic onions added so much flavor to the soup. We are not soy people in my house, so we stick to the basics when it comes to organic food. I recommend using as many organic items as you can when making this soup. It makes a huge difference in the taste. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best French Onion Soup I've had! item not reviewed by moderator and published
While the recipe was great, it left me smelling like onions the whole day. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup was so good...my husband and I went for seconds. Very easy to make too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was the first time I ever attempted to make French Onion Soup, it tirned out pretty well, my family enjoyed it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
easy recipe with great results. Tastes even better the next day. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easiest and by far the best french onion soup i have ever made!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love onion soup and have ordered it at restaurants more times than I can count. This is the BEST I have ever had! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup was very tasty and really easy to make. If you like your french onion soup a bit more salty like we do, you'll want to add more salt to the recipe, but otherwise very good. We used mozzerella cheese instead which worked well, too. We'll definitely make it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
From the aroma to the taste of this wonderful soup, My family loves this favorite for cool nights with a toasted roasst beef sandwich. Makes the whle night seem warm and cozy. And its even better the next day. . . if there is ever any left over. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was easy and tasted great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the fastest onion soup i have ever made. Very favorfull. The onions browned up very well with a nice carmel flavor. Will make this all season. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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Great, easy version of one of my favorite soups to get "out". I substituted white wine for the sherry and did the stock as 3 c chicken, 3 cup beef. Fabulous! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This stuff was stellar!! I've had some lousy French onion soup in restaurants, but this one beats even the best. I wanna squeeze that warm, bubbly lil cook for this masterpiece. Go awwwn, girrrl! item not reviewed by moderator and published
SOO easy and delicious! My hubby, a french onion soup lover, thought the recipe was great! My only question is who would get only 4 servings from this recipe? We have quite a bit left over, but we'll enjoy it again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I read somewhere that you can add a tsp or so of sugar to the onions to get them to caramelize better. I did this and turned up the heat, but I did mine on the stove top. However, they started to brown. You gotta watch it because it can burn if you don't stir it enough. :) Hope it works out! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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