Easy French Onion Soup Recipe

If you love the taste of a delicious bakery style French Onion Soup, then you’ll love this quick and Easy French Onion Soup Recipe!

This quick and easy French Onion Soup Recipe is filled with caramelized onions in an aromatic broth and topped with melty cheese!pinterestIt’s so easy to throw this warming bowl of cheesy goodness together that you’ll be making it all year long!

How to Make French Onion Soup:

If you’re not familiar with French Onion Soup, it’s caramelized onions that are infused with thyme in a beef broth. The hot soup is topped with crusty bread and cheese then quickly broiled in the oven to get a melty gooey and bubbly top.

It’s basically heaven in a bowl.

WOW! I never knew how easy French Onion Soup was to make at home! This recipe was ready in less than 30 minutes and my whole family LOVED it!

I’ve quickened this recipe, while still leaving it full flavored and delicious.

What type of onions to use for French Onion Soup?

  • I prefer the yellow sweet onions as they tend to have a more mild sweet flavor to them.
  • Chop off the top and bottom of the onion, peel it, then cut it in half.
  • Make the onion slices uniformly thin so the onions can cook quicker and more evenly.


Throw the onions and some butter into a large pot along with some sprigs fresh thyme and a bay leaf. Let it cook, stirring occasionally until the onions are really soft and tender.

Once they are soft and tender add some red cooking wine and stir to break up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan.

Let the red wine reduce to half then sprinkle the onions with some flour and stir. This will help thicken the soup and give it some body.

Pour in the beef broth and you’re nearly done!

Add thick cut croutons to the top of the French Onion Soup in place of crusty bread for a quick and delicious topping!

The trick to the French Onion Soup is to get the bread nice and crusty so it doesn’t immediately turn to mush when it’s placed on top of the soup. Well, I found that using a good and thick garlic crouton yields amazing results. For one, it’s easy (I always have croutons on hand), and for two, the croutons hold their shape quite well and have a little crunch to them even after being drenched in soup and smothered with cheese.

What type of cheese for French Onion Soup?

  • I use a nice thick cut Havarti cheese, but you can also use
  • Swiss
  • Gruyere
  • Gouda
  • The possibilities are endless, have fun with it!

OMG! This recipe for quick and easy French Onion Soup is the bomb! Full of flavor and seriously the easiest!

The results are incredible.

WOW! I love how EASY this warming soup recipe is! French onion soup is our absolute favorite!

This quick and easy French Onion Soup Recipe will knock your socks off.



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This quick and easy French Onion Soup Recipe is filled with caramelized onions in an aromatic broth and topped with melty cheese!
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Easy French Onion Soup Recipe

This quick and easy French Onion Soup Recipe is filled with caramelized onions in an aromatic beef broth, then topped with melty gooey cheese!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 4
Calories: 292 kcal
Author: Shawn


  • 3 yellow onions, sliced thin
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2-3 thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup red cooking wine
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup garlic croutons
  • 4 slices Havarti cheese


  • In a large pot melt butter and combine onions, thyme and bay leaf over medium high heat. Stir and cook onions for about 20 minutes or until really soft and tender.
  • Add red cooking wine and stir, breaking up any browned bits on the bottom of pan, let liquid reduce to half the amount. Sprinkle with flour and stir to coat.
  • Pour in the beef broth and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer for 5-10 minutes. Discard thyme and bay leaf.
  • Meanwhile turn your oven on to broil and prepare oven safe bowl on a foil lined baking sheet.
  • Ladle the soup into bowls, divide the croutons among the bowls, top each bowl with a slice of cheese. Carefully place in oven and broil until cheese is melted and bubbly.
  • Use caution when serving, as the bowls will be HOT! Enjoy!
You can use other types of cheese like Swiss, Gruyere, or Gouda in place of the Havarti.


Calories: 292kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 1237mg | Potassium: 316mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 512IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 212mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: croutons, french, onion soup
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OMG! This recipe for quick and easy French Onion Soup is the bomb! Full of flavor and seriously the easiest!

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Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
53 Responses
  1. Sharon

    5 stars
    This is delicious and easy. Didn’t have red wine, used dry white and was perfect. Cut ciabatta into pieces and buttered them, then topped with shredded Swiss/Gruyere and broiled the bread instead of putting whole bowl in the oven. I will make this a lot. Thanks!

  2. 5 stars
    I love to cook and I am always looking for new recipes for my daily menu, which is interesting for my work. Today is my lucky day, the French Onion Soup Recipe is great, just follow the instructions and everything is easy, I like it. Thanks for your sharing

  3. Elsie

    4 stars
    Use a decent red wine from a liquor store, rather than ‘cooking wine’ from the grocery store… (which is just bad red wine with salt in it, for 3 times the price.)

  4. 5 stars
    Great! French style dishes are always attractive to me and Onion Soup is an indispensable item. I like it, it’s great to enjoy them. added it to the menu this weekend. thank you for sharing

  5. 5 stars
    Hi, just a small question. When you dig in to this lovely soup, how do you eat the crouton with out making a mess or getting it all over the place? Perhaps there is no way and you just have to dig in. How do you tackle it?

    Regards February.

  6. I’ve recently attempted a couple of recipes…winged it on one and used mozzarella (fail), the one from a fave cookbook was lacking in flavor. Pleased to discover your recipe today – I believe hubs is going to be a very happy man.

  7. Annie

    Regarding the four cups of beef broth…If I buy some such as Campbells in a can, should I prepare the beef broth as per Campbells by adding water first, or just add the contents of the can directly? If just added straight from the can without preparing it with the added water as per instructions on the can, wouldn’t it be too heavy and salty for the French Onion Soup of your recipe? Please advise as yours sounds wonderful.

    1. Hi Annie, if the beef broth you’re using is a concentrated version, then yes, I would add the extra water as per instructions. I usually use the boxed versions of beef broth, which are ready to use. Hope that helps! 🙂

  8. keke

    I made this recipe for the first time recently. My brother had his own recipe and nit was pretty tasty albeit too salty for my tastes. But this recipe was really well seasoned and very delicious. I live in a small studio and cooking always heats up my room so I have to open the door. We had a friend coming over that night and upon his arrival he stated, It smells so good all the way down the hall. He of course had some along with my bf. Thank you for the great recipe and making the directions clear and concise.

    1. You could try 1/2 cup beef broth plus 1 tbsp of red wine vinegar. If you don’t have red wine vinegar you could try balsamic vinegar instead. This might alter the taste a little bit, but should still be pretty good. Hope that helps!

    1. It would work in the sense that it’s still a soup, but it would not have the distinct taste of French Onion Soup, you would need beef broth for the full effect.

      1. Diana Lee

        Try Portobello Mushroom Broth. It’s flavor is closer to beef broth & is much more robust than simple Vege Broth, which is an excellent stand-in for chicken broth. I have been a vegetarian for years & these are 2 of my standard yummy work-arounds.

  9. Amy

    This is one of my favorite recipes. I love french onion soup and never imagined I would make it myself. Such an easy and delicious recipe!

  10. I love this recipe!
    Because this soup looks very delicious, I want to share your recipe with my country’s people. May I translate this recipe and post on my blog. Sure, I will let visitors know this recipe is yours, and I won’t use your picture or post it without your permission. I wait for your answer.

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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