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How To Cook French Onion Soup?

French Onion Soup

The traditional hangover-remedy soup, sold in all-night cafes in Paris to revive revelers in the early hours of the morning. Some people thicken this soup with flour, but I like it just as it is.

Serve 6

Preparation time: 30-40 minutes
Cooking time: 30-40 minutes



  • 1 Tbsp butter

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil

  • 4 large onions, finely sliced

  • 700mL (11/4 pints) beef or vegetable stock

  • Salt and black pepper

  • 3 to 4 large bay leaves

  • 6 thick slices French bread

  • 85 g (3 oz) grated Swiss cheese


  1. Heat the butter and oil together in a large pan, add the onions and cook over a medium heat for about 20 to 30 minutes until well browned but not burned.

  2. Add the stock to the pan, along with the seasonings. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

  3. Remove the bay leaves, then season again to taste.


  4. Place the bread, either in the soup in a heatproof serving dish or on a grill rack. Scatter with the cheese and grill until just browned. Serve the toasted bread floating in the soup.

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