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Simple French Onion Soup

This is a simple French onion soup recipe that's made without wine and is loaded with caramelized onions, a rich and savory broth, and just the right amount of spices. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: french onion soup recipe, soup recipe
Servings: 4
Calories: 425kcal


  • 4 medium yellow onions sliced into thin strips
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 6 cups beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 6 slices french bread
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Gruyere cheese (or use Swiss cheese)


  • In a large pot, saute onions and butter until onions are lightly brown and caramelized, about 10-15 minutes.
  • Add beef broth, garlic powder, dried thyme, bay leaf, salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Bring mixture to a boil, then cover and let simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  • About 10 minutes before soup is done, place bread slices on a baking sheet and broil on medium heat for 2-3 minutes, or until tops are golden brown. Remove from oven and set aside. Keep broiler on medium heat.
  • Once soup has simmered, pour into oven-safe bowls. Place 1 slice of bread into each bowl and then top with shredded cheese (I used about ¼ cup cheese per bowl).
  • Place back into the oven and broil on medium heat until cheese is fully melted, about 4-5 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Serve immediately.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 425kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 1838mg | Potassium: 487mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 262IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 4mg