classic french onion soup

Classic French onion soup with Gruyère cheese

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You will have noticed that I am a fan of French cuisine. The delicious classic Burgundian dishes. Mostly very pure recipes with little frills but all the more taste. And that is why this classic French onion soup with cheese cannot be missed on my website! This soup onion soup recipes is really an autumn soup for me, delicious with the Gruyère cheese on the baguettes and then in the oven...

I once bought my nostalgic soup bowls with the well-known lion heads on the side at the second-hand store. Truly a find that makes me completely happy. So they fit perfectly with this delicious autumn soup. So onion soup recipes are not complicated at all, but oh so delicious!

Classic French onion soup
A true classic with plenty of flavour.

Classic French onion soup

Now I would like to tell you the history of the lion heads on the soup bowl. But unfortunately I was not able to find more background info about this so for those who know this: tell me in the comments below. I do remember a beautiful father-daughter day I had with my father in Antwerp. Mission of the day was to find the soup bowls with the lion's head on the side. We finally succeeded and we were proud as a peacock.

Classic French onion soup
Serve the soup in small bowls as a starter for a delicious fall dinner with friends.

It was a wonderful day enjoying good food in Antwerp eateries and going out together. I'm going to miss them these days, but luckily I still have my memories.

You can use the classic French Onion soup with cheese is also very fine to stew for a few hours longer to really bring out the flavor of the bay leaf. It usually tastes even better the next day if you leave it overnight. Remove the juniper berries and bay leaf before serving the soup.

Classic French onion soup

Juniper berries are small, black, seed-bearing berries that grow on the juniper bush, which is native to the Balkans. The berries have a distinctive, pungent taste often described as earthy and bitter and are often used to give drinks, such as gin, a unique flavor and aroma.

Juniper berries are also used to give sauces, marinades and meat dishes an earthy flavour. They are often added to recipes for game, lamb and other red meats. In some regions, juniper berries are also used to make tea and as a spice in dishes such as stews and soups.

Here you will find the complete recipe with all the ingredients you need. I hope you have fun preparing the dish below.

classic French onion soup

Classic French onion soup

A delicious classic onion soup with cheese crouton!

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Hallway: soup
Kitchen: French
Keyword: gruyere, baguette, onions, onion soup
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Preparation time: 51 minutes
Total time: 1 hours 6 minutes
Servings: 3 people
calories: 285kcal
Author: Francine
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You need:


  • 50 gr butter
  • 12 big onions
  • 1 ltr beef boullion
  • 1 baguette
  • 100 gr Gruyere cheese

Herbs and spices

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And this is how you make it:

  • Peel all the onions and then cut them into thin rings.
  • Heat a large pan and melt the butter in it. Add the onions and fry them until golden brown, about 20 minutes.
  • Set the oven to 200 degrees and bake the baguette here in about 8 minutes until golden brown. (unless you use freshly baked baguette). After baking, cut into slices of 2 cm or XNUMX.
  • To the pan with the onions, add the stock, bay leaves and juniper berries, and salt and pepper to taste. Lower the heat and let the soup simmer for half an hour.
  • Put your oven on the grill setting. Ladle the soup into the bowls and top with a piece of baguette. Sprinkle the grated Gruyere on top and place in the oven until the cheese has melted nicely. Remove the bowls from the oven with oven mitts and serve.
  • Delicious bites.
-Suffering from watery eyes while cutting onions? Have a look in running cold water! Tip from my mother, also a classic 😉 
-For the people who like it you can also add a 125ml white wine at the step where you add the stock. 
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Of course I have many more tasty soups such as classic French onion soup on my site, try one of the following:

This delicious celeriac soup with king prawn.

Or this one Tomato soup of roasted tomatoes.

But also this one pumpkin soup with goat cheese is delicious.

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