French Onion soup


French onion soup is an old French pesant dish. A little time and lots of patience will give you the most amazing dish, full of flavor and truly satisfying.

A volitile 2020 is coming to and end, I think we will always remember where we were. It will never be one of those years that disappear in to a fussy memory. I worked a lot, I spent too much time listening to the news and I didn’t have enough time to cook everything I wanted to but I have been lucky to be busy with work so no complains.

Normally we have a party on Christmas eve, I love to fill the house with friends and kick off the festive season. It was of course not possible this year but we had a lovely, low key Christmas with a friend, cooking, eating and watching movies, quite blissful and we all agreed it was just what we needed.

Storm Bella arrived on Boxing day evening. She arrived with non stop pouring rain and tireless howling gusts of wind. The morning was dark and I could see the tree crowns dancing in the wind against a grey sky. It was enough for me to stay in bed a bit longer. That was a great move, the wind eased, the rain stopped and the sky was bright, it was time to get out of bed, have a cup of tea, a slice of toast and head for a walk by the sea.

Clearing up the kitchen I found a baguette that was forgotten when cooking all other Christmas foods. It was stale and I didn’t want it to go to waste and all of the sudden I couldn’t stop thinking about French Onion soup. I had one of my favorite cheeses in the fridge, Gouda studded with black truffle. It is absolutely divine and I was sure it would work a treat with the French onion soup.

French Onion Soup

preparation time 5-10 minutes

cooking time 30 minutes for cooking the onion + 45 minutes for simmering the soup + 20 minutes in the oven

oven 170C or 338F + 180C or 356F

serves 2


  • 5 onions, peeled and sliced fine
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced fine, or crushed
  • 45 gr or 1 1/2 oz butter
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tbsp Shaoxing rice wine
  • 2 tbsp Soy sauce
  • 1 tsp nutritional yeast
  • 8 dl or 4 cups of vegetable stock
  • 1/2 stale baguette, cut up in chunks
  • olive oil
  • a pinch of sea salt
  • cracked black pepper
  • a pinch of paprika powder
  • a pinch of sesame seeds
  • plenty of grated cheese, I used the truffle Gouda but use any cheese you like and have at hand

Start witht he soup. It takes a little time to make but you are greatly rewarded with a golden, delicious onion soup.

Place the sliced onions, thyme and butter in a pan. Let it simmer and brown.

It looks really pale to start with.

simering onions

Keep an eye on it and stir every now and then on medium heat until it browns.

browned onions

Add the Shaoxing rice wine and the soy sauce and let reduce slightly before adding the stock. Leave the soup to simmer for about 40 minutes. Taste with salt.

Whilst the soup is simmering make the crutons. Place the cut up baguette on an oven tray. Sprinkle generously with olive oil and add the sea salt, pepper, paprika powder and sesame seeds. Toss crutons and spices and place in the oven at 170C/338F untl they are crispy, about 15 minutes.


I placed a few crutons in an oven proof individual soup bowl before adding the soup. I mixed the remaining crutons with the grated cheese and placed them on top of the soup.

I placed the soup bowls in the oven at 180C/356F until the cheese melted and the soup was bubbling.

I sliced some pickled onion to place on top.

pickled onions

I placed the pickled onions on top and gave it a sprinkle of wild garlic powder before serving.

French onion soup

It was hearty, full of flavor, the wonderful combination of cheese and onion and I couldn’t think of a better way to use up stale bread. The truffle Gouda was an absolutely delicious way to make a simple soup a luxorius treat!

As I was eating it I was wondering what 2021 will have in store. I will do my best to make it foodie but the rest, who knows? Take care, be safe and here is to a Happy New Year!

Petra xx

5 Responses to “French Onion soup”
  1. French Onion soup is my favourite soup. ❤

  2. I could eat this once a week. Seriously. 😋🌿

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