Easy French Onion Soup Recipe

If you love that delicious bakery style French Onion Soup, then you’ll love this quick and Easy French Onion Soup Recipe!

It’s so easy to throw this warming bowl of cheesy goodness together that you’ll be making it all winter long!

Easy French Onion Soup Recipe

If you’re not familiar with French Onion Soup, it’s caramelized onions that are infused with thyme in a beef broth. Then it’s 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.

Easy French Onion Soup Recipe

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

You’ll start by grabbing a few onions. I prefer the yellow sweet onions. Chop off the top and bottom of the onion, peel it, then cut it in half.

Make thin slices so the onions can cook quicker.


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.

Easy French Onion Soup Recipe

Once the red wine has reduced to half, 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!

Easy French Onion Soup Recipe

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 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.

Ah… the cheese. I use a nice Havarti cheese, but you can also use Swiss, Gruyere, or maybe even a Gouda. The possibilities are endless, have fun with it!

Easy French Onion Soup Recipe

The results are incredible.

This Easy French Onion Soup Recipe will knock your socks off.

Easy French Onion Soup Recipe

Is it weird that it’s eight in the morning and I want a bowl of this right now?


Yields serves 4

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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Meanwhile turn your oven on to broil and prepare oven safe bowl on a foil lined baking sheet.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes with a bit of life sprinkled in. Mom to 4 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
21 Responses
  1. 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.
  2. 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! :)
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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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