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Classic French Onion Soup
and other Great French Soup Recipes

A classic French onion soup made from scratch makes simple, unassuming ingredients into a food orchestra that parties the taste buds.

Classic French Onion Soup

After you make this lovely French onion soup, try out a few more of our other traditional French foods for a completely authentic French menu.

Try all our authentic French soup recipes:

Julia Childs French Onion Soup


  • 3 large white onions
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 8 cups beef stock
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 day-old baguette
  • 2 cups shredded Swiss cheese

Cut the onions in half through the stem, then crosswise into thin slices. Heat butter in a medium saucepan and saute onions and flour. Stir frequently until golden brown.

Pour in stock, and add salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until onions are soft and translucent (about 15 minutes).

Preheat the broiler. Cut baguette into 8 diagonal slices, each 1/2 inch thick. Ladle soup into oven proof bowls and place the baguette on top of soup. Sprinkle each bowl with Swiss cheese. Place the bowls on a baking sheet and broil for about 2 to 3 minutes or until tops turn golden brown.

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