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French Onion Soup

Is there anything better on a chilly winter day than a bowl of hearty French Onion Soup topped with melty cheese?

Two cocettes of French onion soup with a bunch of parsley on the side

I have a love/hate relationship with winter. I hate being cold. I hate walking the dogs on icy sidewalks. I hate driving in the snow. I hate how little daylight there is in winter.

But at the same time, I'd hate to live in a place that didn't have winter. I love being home on a snow day, watching the flakes fall with a cup of hot cocoa, and a pot of soup simmering on the stove.

A cocette of French onion soup on a baking sheet with shredded Gruyere cheese on top

When my brother and I would come inside from playing in the snow, my parents would make us each a grilled cheese sandwich and a bowl of soup: chicken noodle for me; creamy tomato for my brother.

I'm picky when it comes to soup. I usually prefer creamy soup, unless it's tomato soup. Chicken noodle is one exception; French onion soup is the other. Maybe it's the layer of gooey, melty cheese on top.

A photo of a spoon lifting the melty cheese up from the cocette of French onion soup

Good French onion soup is based on well-caramelized onions. Caramelizing onions (breaking down the sugars in the onions to produce a sweeter flavor) takes time; you can't rush the process. Some try to cheat by adding sugar to the onions as they cook, but I don't like the flavor that gives to the soup overall.

This recipe can be made ahead of time, through Step 7, then cooled to room temperature and refrigerated for up to 3 days. Reheat the soup to about simmering before proceeding with Step 8.

A close-up of two cocettes of French onion soup topped with chopped parsley

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Adapted from Food & Wine

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Sunday 20th of January 2019

I love french onion soup and this version looks incredible! I can't wait to try!


Sunday 20th of January 2019

This is my husband's favorite soup and it's slowly disappearing from menus around here. Will be so nice to surprise him with it at home!

Eileen Kelly

Saturday 19th of January 2019

I am with you on winter, love the food but not the cold. Oh my, this French Onion Soup is fantastic. I am a huge fan of French Onion Soup and your recipe is great. I love that you used Juniper Berries, they add a great level of flavor.

Tania Lau

Saturday 19th of January 2019

This is a classic that I will never get tired of! I absolutely love French onion soup. All that cheesy goodnesss!


Saturday 19th of January 2019

A rich and flavorful french onion soup is the stuff of dreams! And I love that beautiful cheesy topping! I want to reach in and eat it!

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