How to Make French Onion Soup

September 25, 2009 | By | Comments (6)


Last night, my husband called and we decided that soup had to be on the menu for dinner.  We’d eaten our hearts out in Charleston, a trend I’d continued on my beach trip with the girls this weekend, so we were hankering for something a little lighter on the tummy. (There’s nothing like rubbing sunscreen on your stomach and swearing you can still feel each fried shrimp from the night before!)

We have one rule about soup, well two really.  One: Everything liquid-ish is soup.  Taco soup, chili, chowder… regardless of thickness or base, they all qualify. We’re still looking for a way to get cheese dip in there. Two: It has to be good.

So we decided on French Onion Soup. “You can make that?” he asked.  “Of course,” I said, lying through my ladle.  Then I went digging for a recipe.  I decided to start at the top of the trend, with Julia Child’s French Onion Soup recipe.  I expected lots of fatty ingredients, but the only real fat-bringers were a little bit of oil, 3 tablespoons of butter, and the cheese we put on top. Other than that, there were a whole lot of onions and some beef broth, plus a bit of wine.

As the onions caramelized and the soup began to simmer, the house took on a fragrant, intoxicating smell (which I could still taste falling asleep on my pillow last night!).  French Onion Soup is a hit!  We made small sandwiches to go alongside the dish, but you hardly needed them, the soup was so filling.

We’re moving into soup season, so break out of your recipe box and make something delicious and new.  Soup, anyone?


  1. Katrina Russo

    I can’t wait to try this French onion soup recipe. Hmm…now to decide which soup bowl to buy,
    What do you think?
    Happy shopping,
    Full-time MOM & Shop Star
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    September 25, 2009 at 11:34 am
  2. Ashley

    Kat– I had the same problem! I wanted to rush out and buy oven-proof soup bowls. I got lazy, so instead I just popped the cheese on top and was about to put it in the microwave when I realized that the cheese was already melted! Also, I toasted the bread beforehand, so it was perfectly crisp. Bowl crisis averted! But if you do find cute ones, let me know. 🙂

    September 25, 2009 at 11:49 am
  3. Heather

    If the cheese dip has meat in it, it counts as soup, right? 🙂

    September 25, 2009 at 1:06 pm
  4. Darina

    I love French onion soup and Julia’s is my go-to recipe. Funny, I say that about a lot of her recipes. It’s been awhile since I’ve had my favorite soup (like, a few weeks!) Suddenly I feel inspired to make some. I know what’s on the menu this weekend.

    September 26, 2009 at 7:30 am
  5. Cate O’Malley

    Love soup season, and kicking it off this week with a Beer Cheddar Soup. Keep toying with the idea of doing a Soup Open House once a month – think I just need to bite the bullet.

    September 28, 2009 at 5:58 am
  6. appetitzugler

    Thank you for sharing such a nice recipe. I would love this item. I am giving a party to my friends this weekend at my farmhouse. I was wondering about some new item to treat my friends with. I will surely try this and let you know.

    October 8, 2009 at 1:58 am

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