French Onion Soup

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"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."

Original recipe yields 9 servings


  • 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

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.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



Yummers!! We loved the flavor and those onions and that gooey cheese. Mmmmm!

review by:
(12 Feb 2021)


This was a wonderful lunch on a cold gray day. I have some individual servings in the freezer so that I can enjoy it often again. Thanks for sharing. Made for Best of 2020 (recommended by Teresa).

review by:
(25 Jan 2021)


What a great find...I made it for "Alphabet" tag game...and I'm so happy I tagged this recipe...I cut it down for two servings and it made the perfect amount...we enjoyed the taste of the broth...but once it cooled in the frig for about 20 mins and was reheated it had a really intense flavor...this is one of the best tasting things has to be one of the 10 best things that ever hit my mouth... it's going in my Best of 2020 recipes...

review by:
(5 Apr 2020)

Picky Palate

Great soup and we loved it!

review by:
(15 May 2017)


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

review by:
(26 Apr 2016)

Kooking Kathy

Fully flavored soup and a real hit with us!

review by:
(30 Apr 2015)