February 14, 2011

Momma’s French Onion Soup

I have said before and I will say again how much I love soup. Even in the middle of a wickedly hot Florida summer you can sometimes find me making soup.

I remember when I was younger and my mom would make French Onion Soup a couple times throughout the cold Illinois winters. I loved the bread with cheese floating in the lake of soup – but I despised the lake of soup and the onions that were in it. I always tried to make it seem like I ate the soup when really all I ate was the bread on top. My momma was smart and she’d always catch on. Then one day I just changed. I loved every single thing about French Onion Soup – and my kids only like the bread! I call that coming full circle!

I’m sure my mom got her recipe from a cook book or somebody she knew – but this is the recipe she gave to me.

You will need:

  • 5 cups of sliced onions
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 tablespoon of oil
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 quarts beef broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup vermouth
  • pepper to taste
  • french bread
  • swiss/gruyere/or mozzarella cheese slices

**If you are unfamiliar with vermouth – I sent my husband to find it the first time I made French Onion Soup and he found it at Walgreen’s Liquor store. The bottle looks like this…


Slice your onions and then cook them slowly with butter and oil in a covered pot for 15 minutes.

Uncover and raise heat to medium. Stir in salt, pepper, and sugar. Cook 30-40 minutes or until onions are golden brown. Stir onions often.

Stir in flour and blend well.

Remove the pot from the heat and add vermouth and broth.

Return to heat and simmer partially covered for 40 minutes. Meanwhile, slice French bread and put it under the broiler for a few minutes (broil both sides and don’t burn it like I often do).

When the soup is done place it in an oven proof bowl. Then put a piece of bread in the middle. Cover the bread with a slice of cheese. Okay then add another piece of bread because you know it is your favorite part. Then place the whole bowl under the broiler under the cheese is bubbling with perfection!

Please be careful as the bowl will be hot!! Let it cool a bit and then ENJOY!

Happy Valentine’s Day! I will be linking this up over at

Tidy Mom

1 comment:

  1. Sounds delicious, Kelsey! We love French Onion Soup. I'm pinning this one.


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