Saturday, October 1, 2011

Ryan's French Onion Soup

There's nothing better than a nice bowl of soup on a crisp fall day. Make yourself a pot of this French Onion Soup, curl up on the couch, pop in a movie and RELAX! This is my own personal recipe that I developed after testing many others.

And the best part ... It's EASY!!

Ryan's French Onion Soup

serves 4


5 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
2 sweet onions, sliced thin
2 red onions, sliced thin
1 32 oz. carton low sodium beef broth
1 32 oz. carton low sodium chicken broth
2/3 cup red wine
2 tablespoons low sodium Worcestershire sauce
3 sprigs fresh parsley
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
1 whole garlic clove
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

4 slices french bread
8 slices provolone cheese
4 slices Swiss cheese


1. Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add olive oil, onions and salt. Cook until onions are translucent and tender.

2. Add chicken broth, beef broth, red wine, Worcestershire sauce, parsley, thyme, garlic and bay leaf to the onions. Simmer over medium heat for 30 minutes. Reduce heat and add balsamic vinegar. Salt and pepper to taste. Discard herb sprigs, garlic and bay leaf.

3. Broil the French bread slices in the oven until well toasted. Rub with discarded garlic and some olive oil if desired prior to toasting.

4. Arrange 4 oven safe bowls on a cookie sheet, fill with onion soup. In each bowl place a slice of toasted French bread and top with 1 slice of Swiss and 2 slices of provolone cheese.

5. Broil in the oven for several minutes until cheese is bubbly and golden.

Serve right away, but be careful cuz it's HOT!!

I'd love to hear what you think if you give my recipe a try.

Have a great weekend!


  1. My mom LOVESSSSS French Onion soup! Im gonna share this with my dad so he can have it going when she gets home! Thanks for sharing, Ryan!!

  2. "There's nothing better than a nice bowl of soup on a crisp fall day". OH YES THERE IS… you could MAKE ME a bowl of that soup on a crisp fall day!

    Sooo yum, droolfest.

  3. Hahaha I was just saying to my guy I have a bad case of the wants for onion soup today!
    Autumn in the air!

  4. I love French onion soup and it was one of the soup recipes that I taught my son to make when he was beginning to cook. He still makes it too.
    Your recipe sounds yummy Ryan.
    Thanks for sharing.

  5. mmmmh! looks and sounds yummy. Your recipe is a bit different from mine, and will have to try it.

  6. Ryan

    The first quilt I ever made was a recipe for French Onion Soup.

    I had collected over 50 recipes and had edited them down to this very general version: SO; SO; ABC: Saute Onion; Simmer Onions; Add Bread & Cheese.

    For me Onion Soup of any kind is at its best when the onions have been sauteed to a deep golden brown. This caramelizes them and makes the soup sweeter.

    I'll have to add you recipe to my collection.

  7. I saw a cooking show just a couple of days ago and French Onion Soup was the menu. Looked delicious! I looked at my hubby and he snurled his nose. I think it would be delicious! I am going to try it.. he has learned to like a lot of things since we married... Maybe he will learn to like this too.

    Your recipe is similar so I am going to use yours... :)

    BTW: I would like for you to visit my blog and check out the male quilters who have signed on for the quilt show, Men Quilt Too. Would love to have you link up. :)


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