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Close-up view of 4 ramekins of onion soup.

French Onion Soup

This is an easy French Onion Soup recipe to use as a perfect starter dish for any meal.
Course Soup
Cuisine French
Keyword French onion soup, French onion soup recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 319kcal
Author Joe Boyle


  • 2 Tbsp EV Olive Oil
  • 1 large sweet onion, (or yellow onions) , (Vidalia), thinly sliced and chopped. About 2 cups.
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 4 cups Beef broth, (Better than Bouillon, roasted beef base)
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 ounces sliced Gruyere cheese or other soft, melting cheese like Fontina
  • 2 Ciabatta buns, Crust removed, cubed and toasted


  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil on medium heat and add the onion, salt and pepper. Sautee for about 10 minutes to soften the onion, but keep from browning.
  • Add the beef broth, thyme, and Worcestershire sauce, and continue to simmer for another 15 minutes.
  • While the broth is simmering, place the bread cubes on a baking sheet, drizzle lightly with olive oil and place under the broiler until lightly browned, turn and brown the reverse side of the cubes, 1 to 3 minutes.
  • Spoon the soup into oven proof ramekins. 
  • Float ciabatta cubes on the soup and place sliced Gruyere cheese on top.
  • Place under broiler on high heat until the cheese is melted and just starts to brown, 4 to 7 minutes. Serve immediately.


  1. Recipe adapted from Giada De Laurentiis.


Calories: 319kcal