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French Onion Soup

A super easy recipe for French Onion Soup that's simple yet rich in flavor. Don't forget to check out our step by step photos and tips above!
Course Soup
Cuisine French
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 190kcal


  • 2 1/2 pounds yellow onions halved, and sliced 1/4-inch thick (8 cups)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter 115g
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup brandy or cognac 118mL
  • 1 1/2 cups good dry white wine 355mL
  • 4 cups chicken stock 946mL
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt 18g
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper 3g
  • Freshly grated Parmesan
  • French bread



  • Halve and slice the onions into 1/4 inch strips
  • In a pot, sauté onions, butter and bay leaf for 30 minutes or until golden brown. 
  • Use brandy to deglaze the pan. Simmer for 5 minutes, uncovered.
  • Add in white wine. Simmer for 15 minutes, uncovered.
  • Pour in chicken stock, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes. 
  • Take out the bay leaf, serve with lightly toasted french bread.


  • Cook the onions low and slow and don't be tempted to turn up the heat, it takes around 30 minutes to the onions to caramelize.
  • If you don't have French bread then any white crusty bread will do.
  • Simmer the soup uncovered so it reduces and deepens in flavor.
  • This soup is even better the next day so you can prep it a day in advance and store it in the fridge.


Serving: 281g | Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4.5g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 1140mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 300IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 2mg