This Best French Onion Soup Recipe can be made on the stove top, in your instant pot or slow cooker.
The secret to making the Best French Onion Soup Recipe is to cook those onions real well. Then of course you want a good solid beef stock and some gruyere cheese.
I’ve also shared another French Onion soup recipe with you all a few years back now. That recipe had scallops in it, yes scallops.
That recipe is a tad fancier and was done on the stovetop and then broiled in the oven. Takes a bit longer, but is also a goodie and a bit fancier.
If you want to take a look at that recipe. See here: French Onion Soup Broiled Scallops
BEST CHEESE FOR FRENCH ONION SOUP
Gruyere cheese is most popular however you can use Swiss, Mozzarella as well.
I was craving French onion soup as of late. And came up with this delicious recipe in my Instant Pot! Of course this can be made on the stove – top just the same.
FRENCH ONION SOUP BOWLS
Are important to have when completely this soup because your going to want to put this pre -made soup in them under the broiler for the last few mins to heat the soup and broil the cheese.
Image coming home to a warm bowl of French onion soup? But with it taking only half the time to prepare than the average French onion soup recipe, because you let the instant pot cook it?
Yup, you can have it all with this one.
BEST ONIONS FOR FRENCH ONION SOUP
Yellow onions are the best, however this soup can be made with any type of onion just not green of course. It just would not be the same!
FRENCH ONION SOUP BOWLS
Should be oven safe as you will want to place the pre-made soup in them along with the cheese and fresh scallops for baking.
ARE FRENCH ONION SOUP BOWLS OVEN SAFE
Some are some are, so if your going to use the oven vs the microwave be certain it is oven safe or it will smash.
INSTANT POT FRENCH ONION SOUP
Recipe, and let me tell you it is WINNER!
Since it all comes together in less than 30 minutes and tastes like you have been laboring all day in the kitchen to make.
WHAT DOES FRENCH ONION SOUP TASTE LIKE
If you have ever had caramelised onions, you will know it has a sweetness to them.
Then once they are simmered in a beef or vegetable broth with spices it becomes absolutely delicious.
So follow along!
WHAT KIND OF CHEESE IS ON FRENCH ONION SOUP
Gruyere Cheese, you can also substitute for provolone cheese or mix the two.
I just use gruyere here and sometimes will even use some mozza if that is all I have on hand.
WHAT ARE THE BEST ONIONS FOR FRENCH ONION SOUP
You can use yellow, white or even red onions for French onion soup.
BEST WINE FOR FRENCH ONION SOUP
A dry white or red wine works best.
FRENCH ONION SOUP RED OR WHITE WINE
Traditionally, in France. This soup is made with white wine and that is because it helps bring out the beef flavor.
SUBSTITUTE FOR RED OR WHITE WINE
You can always substitute Red or White wine with Red wine vinegar, grape, pomegranate, or cranberry juice and or chicken, beef, or vegetable stock.
HOW TO MAKE FRENCH ONION SOUP INSTANT POT
There are several ways to make French onion soup.
Some people do it on the stovetop then bring it to the oven to broil it.
While others make it in their instant pot (like in this recipe) and put it either in the microwave to melt the cheese or in the oven at the last minute.
It all comes down to personal preferences.
But one thing is for certain, you want to use lots of onion and a good quality beef stock for this soup!
- Step one: You will want to slice your onions and then add your butter and olive oil to the instant pot.
- And turn it on simmer, once the butter has melted you will add in the onions, salt and pepper and 1 package of Knorrs onion soup mix (my secret ingredient)
- Step 2: Saute the onions till browned, turning often.
Now those onions are perfectly browned, baby!
Step 3: Add in the beef broth, white or wine, bay leaf and all remaining seasonings.
Step 4: Simmer in the instant pot on medium heat all together for 15 more minutes.
Step 5: Discard the bay leaf, then ladle the soup into bowls and top with Gruyere cheese or Swiss cheese.
Step 6: Place each individual bowl in the microwave long enough to melt the cheese.
Step 7: You can also place in the oven near the top shelf and broil these bowls (as long as the bowls are oven safe) for 2 minutes.
Step 8: Top with fresh parsley or chives and enjoy!
If you want bread in this soup, feel free to add some croutons before the cheese.
HOW TO SERVE FRENCH ONION SOUP
Serve with croutons if desired.
This recipe will make a large pot of soup, so if you have any any leftovers “which is highly unlikely”.
Then you can enjoy it over the next few days or freeze it as a meal prep option for another time if desired.
CAN FRENCH ONION SOUP BE FROZEN
Yes and it even tastes better the next day. So go ahead and make a BIG old pot and save some for another day! Just make sure that you do not freeze it with croutons or the cheese.
Place those on it the day of serving it!
Notes: Keep in mind, as with all my recipes.
If you want to make more or less of this soup, simple adjust the serving size in the ingredients section above and the servings will automatically adjust for you.
And save yourself time and hassle, and let your food processor chop up your beets and cabbage up.
Also it gives a great consistency to the soup.
You are going to want to jot this recipe down, it is a keeper!
IS FRENCH ONION SOUP HEALTHY
Yes, it is packed with onions which are full of antioxidants and compounds that reduce cholesterol levels.
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- 4 tbsps of Butter
- 1 tbsp of Olive Oil
- 3 large sweet onions, thinly sliced
- 1 package of Knorr Onion Mix
- 2 x 900 ml Campbells Beef Stock
- 1 cup of Gruyere or Swiss cheese
- 1 tbsp of Brown Sugar
- 1 tsp of Thyme
- 1 tsp of Fresh garlic or powder
- 2 Bay Leaves
- 2 tbsp of Dry White or Red Wine
- 2 tbsp of chopped parsley or fresh chives to serve
- You will want to slice your onions and then add your butter and olive oil to the instant pot. And turn it on simmer, once the butter has melted you will add in the onions, salt and pepper and 1 package of Knorrs onion soup mix (my secret ingredient)
- Saute the onions till browned, turning often.
- Add in the beef broth, white or red wine, bay leaf and all the seasonings.
- Simmer in the instant pot on medium heat all together for 15 more minutes.
- Discard the bay leaf, then ladle the soup into bowls and top with Gruyere cheese or Swiss cheese.
- Place each individual bowl in the microwave long enough to melt the cheese. You can also place in the oven near the top shelf and broil these bowls (as long as the bowls are oven safe) for 2 minutes.
- Top with fresh parsley and enjoy!
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 530Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 89mgSodium: 1284mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 3gSugar: 19gProtein: 28g
These calculations are based off Nutritionix