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French Onion Soup

September 15, 2014

French Onion Soup
This is hands down my favorite soup of all time.

That is a pretty bold statement to say for someone that uses soup in her kitchen as much as I do!

Anytime I see it on a menu at a restaurant it is the first thing I order. I have really worked hard to make this taste exactly like some of the best restaurants I have been to, and it really is that good.

French Onion Soup
I love bringing this soup to a new momma or someone who has been ill. It is overflowing with nourishing, gelatin filled beef bone broth, and it is very soothing.

French Onion Soup
This is a great one to get stocked up in your freezer – not only does it pack up great in the school thermos or work travel crockpot, but it is my favorite soup to have when I don’t feel well. It is simple enough to just sip on, but flavorful enough to enjoy.

French Onion Soup

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5 from 6 votes

French Onion Soup

This is a great soup to get your bone broth in. It also freezes and packs well for lunches.
Prep Time2 hours
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time2 hours 15 minutes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: french onion soup, french onion soup recipe, homemade french onion soup
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Renee -


  • 5 medium onions sliced thin
  • ¼ cup friendly fat to cook in butter, coconut oil, tallow, lard
  • 4-5 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 quarts beef bone broth preferably homemade for more nourishment! See Tips section on how to make your own in a slow cooker – super simple!
  • 1 ½ cups red wine I’m not a picky on brands, but don’t cook with anything you wouldn’t drink out of a glass I also try sticking to organic to avoid the pesticides.
  • Sea salt/pepper to taste


  • Melt the friendly fat in a large soup pot, and add the onions with a few big pinches of sea salt, and cook on low to medium/low for about 2- 2 ½ hours, stirring occasionally. (I typically pass by the stove every 15-20 minutes and give it a quick stir).
  • Add the garlic, raise the heat up a little bit, and cook for a minute or two.
  • Add bone broth and wine and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce to a simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  • Top with freshly grated raw cheese or sour cream. If you are dairy free you could try goat cheese.


  • Here is how to make your own delicious beef bone broth! There is just nothing like homemade, and it is one of the reasons this soup is so amazing!
  • Pack it up in the school thermos or work travel crockpot for lunch! This may seem like an adult soup, but my girls inhale this one, usually asking for seconds. Baby Caitlyn (1 year old) just had her first taste a month ago and just loved it! Get a big hunk of raw cheese on there! Who doesn’t love goopy cheese on anything?!
  • The alcohol in the wine does cook off so I don’t mind serving this to my kids, but if you are concerned, or can’t to fermented products just add another cup or 2 of beef bone broth. I love the richness the wine brings, but a good bone broth will do the same.
  • I love these freezer storage containers. I typically double batch this recipe for putting away in my freezer. It makes it easy to pull out when I’m not feeling well and need something to sip on, and also makes it easier for lunch packing!

This post was shared at The Homestead Barnhop, and Fat Tuesday!

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  • Reply Lindsey September 15, 2014 at 7:06 am

    Oh my. This just got put on my menu:) Thanks for sharing, this looks amazing!

    • Reply Renee Kohley September 15, 2014 at 7:42 am

      Hi Lindsey! It is pretty amazing 🙂 Hope you enjoy it!

  • Reply Tracy @ OurSimpleLifeSC September 15, 2014 at 10:59 am

    My hubby loves French Onion Soup but I have never made it for him…I guess I have no excuse now that you posted this recipe!

    • Reply Renee Kohley September 15, 2014 at 11:03 am

      Hi Tracy 🙂 Hope he loves it! The recipe is super simple and those slow cooked onions will make your house smell amazing at least!

  • Reply Jessica September 15, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    5 stars
    Okay…so when I come over this is my request, k? I’ll bring chocolate sauce for our coffee! <3

    • Reply Renee Kohley September 15, 2014 at 6:51 pm

      OMG French onion soup and mocha coffee all in one day?! That would be a dream!

  • Reply Jamie Miller September 16, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    This looks delicious and simple too!

  • Reply The Food Hunter September 18, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    comfort in a bowl!

  • Reply Jennifer Margulis September 18, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    5 stars
    I love French onion soup. These photos are gorgeous. Pinning this to try after I buy some onions!

  • Reply linda spiker September 18, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Pinned. I love French Onion Soup! Thank you:)

  • Reply Dina-Marie September 18, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    This looks delicious especially with cooler weather coming!

  • Reply Susanne Runion September 19, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    5 stars
    Renee, This looks incredible. I love that it doesn’t have bread. I am going to have to try this soon.

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  • Reply Marcia Little November 2, 2014 at 11:15 am

    I love the square containers you are promoting, I use lock and lock containers in fridge and freezer. Isn’t it funny, for all those years the only containers we could get were round, why? Fridge isn’t round, freezer isn’t round and neither are our cabinets. duh??? I love french onion soup, and with the bone broth, just made your recipe a few days ago, and took me right back to my fav restaurant! Yummy!! Seconds please.

    • Reply Renee Kohley November 2, 2014 at 12:47 pm

      Oh wonderful Marcia! That is great to hear! And YES I hear you on the containers! I feel the same way!

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  • Reply linda spiker September 10, 2015 at 9:53 am

    5 stars
    One of my favorite soups! Love that dark rich color!

  • Reply Emily @ Recipes to Nourish September 10, 2015 at 11:56 am

    I love this soup! One of my favorites! I wish I had a big bowl of it for breakfast right now. I could eat this for any meal.

  • Reply Tash September 10, 2015 at 11:58 am

    5 stars
    I have never tried to make French onion soup…but I think you’ve convinced me! This looks delicious and seems really simple to make.

  • Reply The Food Hunter September 10, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    I haven’t had this in ages. I need to try your recipe…I can control how healthy it is! thanks for sharing

  • Reply Megan Stevens September 10, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    I sure trust your version of this classic favorite! I do love French Onion Soup! Very much pinned.

  • Reply anna@greentalk October 11, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Wow. This soup sounds yummy. I am going to have to make this and can it for later use.

  • Reply Mark October 12, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    5 stars
    Looks absolutely delicious! I’d love to have a big batch of this in my fridge.

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    My whole family loved this! It was delicious!

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    This was sooo delicious! One of the best French onion soups I have had and it was so easy to make!

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