Easy French Onion Soup for Guests

Easy French Onion Soup for Guests

Chef John 21710

"This is French onion soup made the easy way! It's the perfect starter for fall or winter dinners. The secret is a splash of sherry vinegar and sherry wine. Top with a slice of baguette bread, sprinkle with Gruyere, and broil to golden brown for an impressive first course."


1 h 55 m servings 253 cals
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Original recipe yields 6 servings



  • Calories:
  • 253 kcal
  • 13%
  • Fat:
  • 17.4 g
  • 27%
  • Carbs:
  • 11.8g
  • 4%
  • Protein:
  • 11.6 g
  • 23%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 53 mg
  • 18%
  • Sodium:
  • 1226 mg
  • 49%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Melt butter in a large skillet over low heat. Cook onions with salt, stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft and golden, about 40 to 45 minutes.
  2. Mix in thyme sprigs and bay leaf. Pour in sherry wine and sherry vinegar, and stir in black pepper. Pour in beef broth, chicken broth, and water. Stir to combine, and allow the soup to simmer gently for one hour.
  3. Ladle soup into heat-proof crocks. Place a slice of toasted baguette on top of each crock, and sprinkle 1 ounce of shredded Gruyere cheese per serving.
  4. Preheat oven's broiler and set the oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source. Place the filled crocks on a baking sheet, and broil until the cheese is golden and bubbly, about 1 minute.
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  1. 29 Ratings


This is a very good recipe. However, make sure to remove the bay leaf and thyme sprigs. The French use wine often to flavor their food. I think it's silly to omit wine in a recipe simply becau...

I learned how to make this from Vincent Price's cookbook. It is a long and intermediate recipe. Chef John's recipe here gets the flavor w/o all the fuss. This is an excellent and simple vers...

French Onion Soup is my son's favorite and he liked this the best! Very easy to make and flavorful. I love the splash of dry sherry and sherry vinegar. As Chef John suggested in his video rec...

Excellent french onion soup! Not too heavy nor too salty, as some restaurant versions are. I didn't have sherry handy, so used what I had - red wine vinegar & brandy. Still turned out fantastic!...

Didn't like the flavour at all. When I've had French Onion soup in France the onions were cooked more quickly until they took on a darkish brown colour. This recipe "stews" them and allows the s...

This was a good onion soup! I used red wine vinegar and a dry white wine because I didn't have sherry or sherry vinegar. I didn't have Gruyere and neither did the store I looked at. Gruyere w...

First, this review is to educate those cooks who eliminate wine from recipes because they do not drink...... The alcohol in the wine evaporates as the soup cooks, leaving only the essence of th...

My family loved this. Was a little sweet , won't use vidilia onions next. My fault.

The easiest French onion soup ever. Everybody who try's it loves it. Chef John is one of my favorites.