French onion soup recipe

French onion soup recipe



  • 1.5kg brown onions
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 8 cups beef stock
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups dry white wine
  • 1 stick French loaf sliced
  • 1 cup gruyere cheese, grated


Heat oil and butter in a saucepan until hot and add onions. Stirring every 2 minutes until they are collapsed.

Add garlic and sugar and keep stirring for 5 minutes more until caramelised.

Sprinkle flour over and stir to brown and make a roux.

Gradually add beef stock to thicken and add thyme, pepper and bay leaves.

Stir in wine and simmer for 5 minutes. Ladle into oven proof bowls and place on top a slice of French bread topped with grated cheese. Grill for 5 minutes or until cheese is golden and melted.

Sprinkle with some chopped parsley and serve.



  • This is a very traditional French soup and I had actually forgotten how delicious it really is.
  • You can substitute any cheese you like on the top of the bread. I think you could pretty much whip this dish up from just what’s in the pantry. That makes it a great standby dish but it is fancy enough for a dinner party too.
  • This recipe was created for Kidspot, New Zealand’s best recipe finder

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