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French Onion Soup

My seven-year-old daughter Heather and I enjoy spending time together cooking, but our days are busy, so we appreciate quick and tasty recipes like this one. Hot and delicious, this soup hits the spot for lunch or dinner. -Sandra Chambers, Carthage, Mississippi
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Cook: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 4 cups thinly sliced onions
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 6 cups water
  • 8 beef bouillon cubes
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 6 slices French bread (3/4 inch thick), buttered and toasted
  • 6 slices Swiss cheese


  • In a large covered saucepan, cook onions and garlic in butter over medium-low heat for 8-10 minutes or until tender and golden, stirring occasionally. Add water, bouillon and Worcestershire sauce; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Ladle hot soup into six ovenproof bowls. Top each with a piece of French bread. Cut each slice of cheese in half and place over the bread. Broil until cheese melts. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 244 calories, 15g fat (10g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 1387mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 9g protein.

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  • NancyJo412
    Jan 29, 2021

    I found these reviews very rude and insensitive. Every recipe can be tweaked but certainly in a much kinder way. This busy mother is finding time to spend quality time with her 7yr old daughter and should be commended. Many mothers let their children run loose getting into trouble learning to hang with wrong crowds. I salute this mother for putting her family first and starting by teaching basics in the kitchen continuing making suggestions every time they make French Onion Soup. She could have made PB&J instead?? Please let’s be kinder to each other and instead of critiquing, make your personal suggestions from one mother to another. After these comments, I truly pray this mother continued having fun in the kitchen with each other. Thanks for listening to my own thoughts.

  • Carol
    Jan 29, 2021

    Yuck...too much salt, not enough onions! This is the first Taste of Home recipe that I have given a "thumbs down" to. Every other recipeI have tried in over 10 years of swearing by the greatness of your recipes, has been awesome. Sincerely disappointed with this one, for sure!!

  • Katy's mom
    Nov 21, 2020

    This might be a fast lunch but it certainly isn't traditional French onion soup. You might as well just open a can.

  • Pete
    Sep 21, 2020

    Not impressed. Way too much salt. Ten minutes cooking the onions doesn’t do them justice. Just not a good recipe. Use real beef broth ( no salt if you can find it) not bullion. Sauté the onions in very low heat for at least an hour or until brown and sweet. And use twice as many onions then this calls for. It’s onion soup for goodness sake. They will shrink by a lot after an hour.

  • Grandmaj2u
    Jun 26, 2019

    I understand that many Taste of Home readers are looking for quick,. However this recipe has several big flaws. 1) 2 qts low sodium beef broth, NOT boulion cubes and water. If that is what you like just buy canned onion soup.. , top each bowl with a baguette and some swiss, or gruyer, or provaline cheese. ,

  • tamarapearson
    Jan 23, 2016

    Really delicious and so simple to make.

  • mhuguley
    Nov 11, 2015

    I subbed beef stock (32oz) for bullion and used sweet onions!! Delish!!!

  • HopeJoe
    Sep 23, 2014

    So good! Great for soothing the thought!

  • grimfix
    Sep 20, 2014

    Not great. Way too much bouillon making it way too salty! Also, onions are not truly "French Onion soup" caramelized. There are a bunch of easy, better recipes out there. There is even a recipe for caramelizing onions in a crock pot for easy recipes, just stir every 30 to 45 minutes, no babysitting the onions.

  • mother of 3
    Feb 18, 2014

    I changed it for arthritis therapy reasons - used Better Than Bouillon Chicken Base, 4 garlic cloves, added a broccoli, cauliflower, carrot mixture, omitted the French Bread & cheese. It suits me, it's good.