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March 3, 2011

Délicieuse Soupe à l’Oignon Français

Filed under: Recipes — Karma @ 7:43 pm
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When I saw last week on Twitter that Fine Cooking Magazine was hosting a Soup Week Challenge, I immediately thought of my delicious French Onion soup recipe.  I know it isn’t necessarily the most creative recipe when it comes to soup, but it sure is tasty and I thought it would make for some tantalizing food photos!  I’m coming in under the wire with Fine Cooking’s deadline being tomorrow at noon, but here is my contribution to soup week!

My recipe is adapted, and tweaked for a little kick,  from a cookbook I received as a shower gift as a young bride-to-be: Cooking A to Z.


The cast of characters

This recipe creates two hearty servings:

2 large onions, thinly sliced

1/4 cup butter

2 tsp minced garlic

1 1/2 TBSP flour

1/2 to 1 tsp. cajun seasoning (depending on spice level prefence)

6 oz. Guiness or other stout beer

2 cans College Inn lower sodium beef broth

salt and pepper to taste

2 thick slices of crusty bread (more if needed to fit across your soup crock)

enough Parmesan cheese to sprinkle on slices of bread

dusting of garlic powder

2 large slices mozzerella cheese (or enough to cover slices of bread)

Melt butter in large sauce pan.  Add onion,  cover and cook over medium  heat until limp.  Uncover and saute until golden brown. 

Add garlic, flour, and cajun seasoning – stir to coat.  Pour in beer.  (Finish rest of beer if so desired!)

 Add one can of broth.  Bring to boil, then lower heat and allow to simmer for about 30 minutes.

While the soup simmers, sprinkle parmesan cheese and garlic powder on the bread slices.  I bake mine in my toaster oven at about 400° for 10 minutes.  Regular oven works fine too!

After simmering soup, add second can of broth and adjust seasoning to your liking with salt and pepper,  if needed. 

Ladle soup into oven-proof crocks.  Place baked bread slices on top of soup…

..then top with cheese slices

Place the crocks on a baking sheet (I cover mine with aluminum foil for easy clean-up) and place under the broiler.

Watch closely; remove when cheese is melted, golden and bubbly:


ETA: click here to see my little blurb over at Fine Cooking’s site!


  1. Mmmmmm. Nice. I love onion soup but it doesn’t love me. I saw an interesting recipe on a blog I enjoy where you pre-cook the onions all day in a crock pot. Intriguing.

    Comment by Jennifer A (Bread and Putter) — March 3, 2011 @ 8:46 pm | Reply

    • Just got to be careful with how much of the onion you actually eat!
      Seems like onions cooked all day in a crock-pot would turn to mush?

      Comment by Karma — March 4, 2011 @ 3:09 pm | Reply

  2. Ahh, this looks sublime. Thanks for sending us the link!

    Comment by Michaela @finecooking — March 4, 2011 @ 1:51 am | Reply

  3. Yummmmm…. Looks scrumptious! My sister-in-law makes one that looks just like yours – it’s out of this world!

    Comment by Barbara Rodgers — March 4, 2011 @ 9:05 am | Reply

    • It is quite yummy! This particular batch, which we ate last night, tasted extra good; not sure if that is because we hadn’t had it in a long time or if I just did a really good job, LOL.

      Comment by Karma — March 4, 2011 @ 3:11 pm | Reply

  4. The only step I am unclear on is the pouring the beer. Do you pour that in the body or in the recipe?

    A poor joke, no doubt. The recipe looks delicious.


    Comment by timkeen40 — March 4, 2011 @ 1:59 pm | Reply

    • This recipe actually allows you to do both, Tim! 😉

      Comment by Karma — March 4, 2011 @ 3:12 pm | Reply

  5. Hey! I remember enough French to know what your title means!
    This looks really good, and I bet it smells good, too! Unfortunately there’s no point in me making this because my kids wouldn’t touch it with a 10-ft. pole! LOL

    Comment by thedailyclick — March 4, 2011 @ 4:28 pm | Reply

    • Oh my kids wouldn’t touch it either, Michaela! This is a treat for hubby and me. Notice the recipe says it makes 2 hearty servings (not 4!) 😉

      Comment by Karma — March 4, 2011 @ 4:41 pm | Reply

  6. YUM! That looks so good, especially the last shot. I wish I could dig right in through that cheesy goodness and sample it. 🙂

    Comment by Robin — March 4, 2011 @ 9:25 pm | Reply

    • It is very good stuff, Robin! Maybe you should make up a batch for you and M tonight.

      Comment by Karma — March 6, 2011 @ 8:33 am | Reply

  7. My Mom has always loved french onion soup but I’ve never been a fan. Though the photos make it look pretty good.

    Comment by Becky Sue — March 4, 2011 @ 11:41 pm | Reply

    • Cheese, bread, beef, onions… what’s not to like? 😉

      Comment by Karma — March 6, 2011 @ 8:36 am | Reply

  8. Loooooovvvvvvve onion soup and yours looks simply scrumptious! You are gettin’ really good at food photos! 🙂

    Comment by milkayphoto — March 5, 2011 @ 10:06 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Tracy. Being the foodie that you are, maybe you’d like to give my recipe a try and tell me what you think!

      Comment by Karma — March 6, 2011 @ 8:41 am | Reply

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