6 Ways to Satisfy Your Craving for French Onion Soup

It’s the perfect inspiration for burgers, casseroles and more.

August 30, 2021

Photo by: Brian Kennedy ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Brian Kennedy, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

When I was a little girl the only soup I would eat was chicken noodle. I was THAT picky eater who favored plain and simple — unaware she was missing out on so many great foods. As I got older, I became more adventurous with my dishes (thank goodness!) and realized I was no longer that basic-chicken-noodle-soup girl. If anything, I was the very opposite of that... I had become a flavor-seeking-French-onion-soup girl.

While chicken noodle will always be a comforting standby, French onion soup is chock full of hearty flavors and savory seasonings that I can't resist. From its rich, meaty base and sweet caramelized onions to its buttery toasted bread and melted gruyere cheese this soup is deliciously exciting. Like many other foods that awakened my tastebuds, French onion soup taught me to love flavor — and all the bold and exciting ways that it can inspire dishes like burgers, casseroles, mac and cheese and more!

French Onion Soup (image above)

A simmering pot of beef AND chicken stock helps develop and enhance the flavors of the thinly sliced onions. When it comes to the bread topping for this soup, there are many variations but this one calls for crispy ciabatta cubes that are toppled over the bowl of soup along with the grated cheese.

One bite of this burger and you’ll be in love. It’s deliciously similar to its namesake soup. It’s got the caramelized onions, gruyere cheese and perfect little touches — like the bun that soaks up all the flavorful juices.

FNK FRENCH ONION SOUP CASSEROLE Food Network Kitchen Food Network Unsalted Butter, Olive Oil, Yellow Onions, Celery, Bay Leaves, Thyme, Allpurpose Flour, Beef Broth, White Wine, Baguette, Gruyere Cheese

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Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

The casserole-inspired version is even heartier than the soup, believe it or not! Its cheesy, buttery flavor makes it the ultimate comfort food. Plus, it’s the perfect size to share at a family gathering. If you’re making it for a holiday or special occasion, you can even cook the onions ahead.

Combining two comfort food favorites guarantees an explosion of flavor! Once you eat your way through the macaroni and cheese, you’re in for a real treat; you’ll discover savory French onion soup hidden underneath the pasta.

Food Network Kitchen’s French Onion Soup Bread Pudding.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz

Matt Armendariz

This recipe represents all the richness French onion soup has to offer, encased in a savory bread pudding cup.

No party is complete without a fun dip to serve alongside your apps! Everyone loves French onion dip, so why not go the extra mile and up the flavor with beef stock and bouillon? Extra salt and extra delicious!

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