French Onion Soup (Fall Comfort Food Series)

French onion soup seems like such an elegant dish--but it's so easy to make! Top it with thick, crusty bread and melted Swiss cheese for the perfect comfort food!

Some people might not consider French Onion Soup a comfort food, but I’m not one of those people! Simple, fragrant, with a light savory-sweet flavour, I think it’s the perfect foil for a chilly autumn night. When you load it up with toasted bread and melted cheese, that’s just confirmation that it belongs in the comfort genre!

For something that sounds fancy, French onion soup is very easy to make. Enjoy the aroma of onions simmering in melted butter while you prep the rest of supper (a plate of crisp, sliced apples would go well with this!) or knock out the dirty dishes. When the soup is simmered, there’s some assembly required to get the toast and cheese ready, but it’s minimal. Light a candle for some ambiance and you’ve got a simple and elegant meal ready to enjoy!

French Onion Soup

Servings 4 -6 Servings


  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 2 large yellow onions peeled and sliced
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • salt to taste
  • half a glass red wine
  • French bread sliced thick
  • 4 oz Swiss or Gruyere cheese grated


  1. Melt the butter in a large soup pot over medium-low heat.
  2. Add onions and saute for at least half and hour, stirring occasionally, until the onions are very tender.
  3. Add beef broth and simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Add wine and salt to taste; simmer for another 5 minutes.
  5. Ladle soup into broiler-safe ramekins or bowls. Top each serving with a slice of French bread and divide the cheese over each bowl.
  6. Place ramekins under the broiler and broil for a few minutes, until the cheese becomes bubbly and lightly browned.
  7. If you do NOT have broiler-safe bowls, put the bread and cheese on a cookie sheet and broil separately, then use to top soup bowls before serving.

For the soup enthusiast, check out this list of 50 Real Food Soups for Cold Winter Nights, or put my favourite soup cookbook on your Christmas list!

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    1. I used to really dislike onions, but I actually had French onion soup as a kid, and that I loved, even though I still didn’t care for onions in other things!

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