French Onion Soup Recipe – Onion Gratinee Soup

French Onion Soup is a hearty mixture of deeply-colored and caramelized mouth-melting onions, chicken stock, and layer of toasted French Baguettes.  It is topped off with a thick, creamy cheese crust.  Now you and your family can enjoy French restaurant food in your own home.

This delicious French Onion Gratinee soup recipe and dinner menu were generously shared with my by Linda Sandberg of Newberg, OR.  Linda belongs to a Gourmet Dinner Group that delights in making wonderful foods that they share together.  Check out A Night of Comfort (Updated Comfort Food Dinner) which includes this onion soup recipe.

Please check out What’s Cooking America’s Lyonnaise-Style Onion Soup recipe.  Another one of my favorite winter treats.


French Onion Soup


French Onion Soup Recipe - Onion Gratinee Soup:
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: French
Keyword: French Onion Soup Recipe, Onion Grainee Soup Recipe
Servings: 6 servings
  • 1/2 pound Emmenthaler or Emmental cheese, grated
  • 1/2 pound Gruyere cheese, grated
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons corn oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds yellow (brown-skin) onions, peeled and sliced thin
  • 10 cups chicken stock (homemade or good-quality store bought)*
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • Salt and freshly-ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 loaf French baguette bread, cut into 36 to 48 slices
Equipment needed:
  • Six (6) 12-ounce onion soup bowls (use fairly deep, oven-and broiler-safe soup bowls).
  1. In a large bowl, mix together the grated Emmenthaler and Gruyere cheeses; set aside.

  2. In a large soup pot over medium-high heat, heat the butter and corn oil until hot but not smoking.  Add the sliced onions and saute, stirring frequently, for 10 to 12 minutes until they are nicely browned.  When the onions are browned, add the chicken stock and garlic.  Bring to a boil and cook, uncovered, at a gentle boil for 20 minutes.  Remove from heat.  

  3. Using a food mill, push the soup mixture through it into a large bowl or pan.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

  4. At this point, the soup can be cooled to room temperature and refrigerated in an airtight container up to 2 days.  To use, return to simmer before finishing soup with bread and cheese.

  5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  

  6. Arrange the baguette bread slices in one layer on a cookie sheet.  Place in oven and bake, without turning, for approximately 8 to 10 minutes or until they are well-browned on both sides.  Remove from oven.

  7. Place 6 to 8 prepared bread slices in each onion soup bowl.  Arrange the bowls on a large cookie sheet.

  8. Turn the oven temperature up to 425 degrees F.

  9. Sprinkle approximately 2 tablespoons of the combined grated cheeses on top of the bread slices in each bowl.  Add the prepared onion soup by filling the bowls to the rim (if you need a little more liquid, add a little water to the soup in each of the bowls).

  10. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of grated cheeses on top of the onion soup in each bowl, making sure that it not only covers the soup, but also touches the entire inside edge of each bowl, so that it will adhere to the edge as it melts during cooking.

  11. Tip:  For an onion soup not to collapse, the soup bowl has to be filled to the rim with the onion soup and the bread.  The cheese layer should cover the whole surface, so it will stick to the sides and form a crust that holds its shape and doesn't sink.

  12. Set the cookie sheet containing the bowls of soup in the oven and cook for 30 minutes until the cheese is melted and browned.  Remove from oven and serve immediately.  If the top is not well browned after 30 minutes, place the bowls under the hot broiler of your oven for a few seconds before serving.

  13. Makes 6 servings.

Recipe Notes

* Learn how easy it is to make your own homemade Chicken Stock - Basic Chicken Stock.


Source:  This classic onion soup recipe and photo are by Jacques Pepin and his cookbook, Jacques Pepin Celebrates.

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