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The Best French Onion Soup With Just Four Ingredients

Updated on July 18, 2014
3.5 stars from 2 ratings of French Onion Soup

French onion soup is an American favorite, although I am sure we have gummed it up in translation. This is my version of the soup, that is well without all of the extra cheese and croutons on top. I would suggest making some garlic cheese french bread as an accompaniment.

I do not guarantee a timely recipe, however this one is worth the time and effort.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 1 hour 15 min
Ready in: 1 hour 25 min
Yields: 4-6 servings


  • 8-10 onions yellow or white onions, chopped (if 10, use 2 sweet)
  • 4 tsp. salted butter or margarine
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4-6 tsp. salt, (depending on taste)

The Secret

  1. Cut onion in big half slices and mince garlic gloves.
  2. Heat butter in pan and add onions and garlic. Cook for 5-7 minutes, browned and carmelized onions.
  3. Fill pot with hot water.
  4. Reduce to no liquid, brown again. Scrape bottom of pot and re-fill with hot water.
  5. Repeat process 3 and 4, 4-5 times. Cooking heat should be 8-10 (medium high to high.)
  6. Last reduction should go to about half the pot. Color should be dark brown. Take care not to burn, it will ruin the flavor. Add salt to taste when color and flavor is achieved in multiple reductions.
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 6
Calories 130
Calories from Fat36
% Daily Value *
Fat 4 g6%
Carbohydrates 25 g8%
Fiber 6 g24%
Protein 1 g2%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


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      kaiyan717 3 years ago from West Virginia

      My sentiments exactly smine27! Thanks for reading and I hope you like this soup as much as I do.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      It may not be authentic, but who cares if it's good right? Thanks for the recipe.

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      kaiyan717 3 years ago from West Virginia

      Lol, I should have known there was alcohol...

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      Lori Phillips 3 years ago from Southern California USA

      This is a good onion soup but not French Onion Soup. The latter is made with beef broth and a touch of sherry.