French Onion Soup

Fall is finally here! The crisp, cool, and unfortunately rainy weather this morning inspired me to make my first soup of the season. And nothing says cozy comfort food quite like French onion soup.


Yesterday I stopped by Crate and Barrel Outlet, and these French onion soup bowls were calling my name as a perfect addition to my kitchen for the winter (plus they were dirt cheap, can you say impulse buy?).


French onion soup is one of the easiest soups to make, here’s what you’ll need.


  • 5 large yellow onions
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1/8 cup balsalmic vinegar
  • 1/8 cup red wine
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup shredded Gruyere cheese

Prepare to cry and start slicing your onions.

Sauté onions in butter for 20-30 minutes until they caramelize to a nice brown color.

Add wine (I used this Cabernet Sauvignon from Trader Joe’s), balsamic vinegar, and beef broth to the onions. I’ve been waiting for the day when my balsamic vinegar runs out so I can upgrade from my Pompeian; it should be any day now. Any suggestions?

Allow onion mixture to simmer for 30-45 minutes. Turn on the broiler.

Divide soup into bowls and top generously with shredded Gruyere Swiss cheese.

Broil for 2-5 minutes until cheese is browned and bubbly. Drool.

Enjoy while watching college football wrapped in a cozy blanket on the couch…the perfect rainy day.

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