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French Onion Soup

"This is classic French Onion soup with a twist. The wine/brown sugar reduction is what puts this dish "over the top", so don't skip. The recipe comes from the Orchard's restaurant in Sedona, Arizona. It's a big recipe but obviously can be cut down."

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Prep Time: 20m

Cook Time: 40m


Servings: 8-10  

  • 5.0000

Made it a few times now and we love it. Cheesy and lots of great flavor!.

  US | Metric  Print Ingredients
  • 3 pounds sweet onions (julienne cut, about 9 large)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 8 cups beef consomme
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 ounces sliced bread (8 slices sourdough)
  • 8 ounces sliced Swiss cheese (8 slices)
  • Worcestershire sauce (dash, to taste)

What You Will Need

No special items needed.
  How to Make

Step 1

Note: For maximum flavor, this soup is better if you immediately cool and then reheat just before serving.

Step 2

In a large skillet, saute onions in butter until brown. Set aside.

Step 3

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the brown sugar and white wine. Stir constantly until mixture is reduced by about 80 percent. Watch carefully that it doesn't turn to caramel!

Step 4

Add reduction to large pan with beef consomme. Bring to a boil and stir in the sauted onions, salt and pepper. Simmer for 30 minutes.

Step 5

To serve, spoon 6 to 8 ounes of soup in an ovenproof bowl, place a slice of sourdough bread over the soup and sliced swiss cheese over the bread. Place under broiler until the cheese is melted. Serve immediately.

  Nutritional Facts
  • Serving Size: 1 (331.2 g)
  • Calories 165.9
  • Total Fat - 5.9 g
  • Saturated Fat - 3.6 g
  • Cholesterol - 15.3 mg
  • Sodium - 1093.6 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 24 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.9 g
  • Sugars - 19.2 g
  • Protein - 5.5 g
  • Calcium - 37.8 mg
  • Iron - 0.6 mg
  • Vitamin C - 22.8 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg
21 reviews

Great soup and we loved it!


Review by Picky Palate

Made it a few times now and we love it. Cheesy and lots of great flavor!


Review by BeatleBugBrenda

Fully flavored soup and a real hit with us!


Review by Kooking Kathy

Love this great tasting soup so much that I have made it at least once a week all winter long! My husband and I both think it is by far the best we have had!


Review by StansBetterHalf

Great soup and my family demands that I make it again soon. It warms me up and tastes so good, that I don't mind one bit!


Review by ClassyCook

My dad and I cooked this soup together and it was delicious! I made a salad to have on the side for a very satisfying lunch.


Review by MeMegs

We loved this soup! With all this cold weather it really warmed us up!


Review by OnlyTheBestRecipez

We fully enjoyed every spoonful of this delicious soup!


Review by Cindyrella

Since our love for soup during the winter keeps me looking for recipes to try all the time, this was one I couldn't wait to make and it was easy and had real good flavor. The Swiss cheese really made it taste great and we all loved it! I see plenty of repeats here!


Review by Mungia

Rich flavors that make you want to go back for a second bowl even though your full. This is much better than others I have tried. My "go to" from here on out!


Review by HotNSunnyInFlorida