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French Onion Soup With Gouda

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French Onion Soup

Cheesy French Onion Soup

Cheesy French Onion Soup

Having had a craving for French Onion Soup I decided to try to make my own since homemade recipes more times than not taste much better than soups you order at a restaurant. I find that many restaurant soups are on the salty side and personally I usually don't salt anything I'm cooking. I'll have salt on the table for those that want to use it.

Rather than go with the traditional Gruyere or Swiss cheese I used Gouda and I must say it was quite delicious.

Yesterday I was at the dollar store and came across French onion soup bowls. I didn't have any so I bought them knowing that I would be making soup. When my husband saw them he was quite happy as he knew soup would be on the menu this weekend.

Here is a trick I learned today about slicing onions. I can't believe I've never knew this before now. Take your onion and slice it from the root to the stem and then peel it. This makes it much easier to do than any way I've tried before.

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

20 min

40 min

1 hour

6-8 people


  • 2 Tbs. of butter
  • 5 cooking onions (or sweet) cut in 1/2 and then sliced thin
  • 2 -3 large cloves of garlic minced
  • 3 tsp. of sugar
  • 2 dashes of marjoram
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • 8 cups of beef broth
  • 1 Tbs. of Balsamic vinegar
  • 5 dashes or Worcestershire sauce
  • I used Ciabatta sticks sliced in half and toasted, but you may want to use French bread or banquettes sliced and toasted
  • 2 cups of grated Gouda, Gruyere, or Swiss cheese

Instructions Let's Get Cooking!

  1. In the bottom of a Dutch Oven or large pot melt the butter over a medium heat and then add the onion slices, minced garlic, sugar, marjoram, and fresh ground pepper, and stir.
  2. Cover and cook for 15 minutes stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the vinegar and the broth to the pot and stir bringing everything to a boil.
  4. Turn the heat to simmer and continue to cook for another 15 minutes.
  5. At this point you can turn the stove off until you're almost ready to serve or turn the oven onto broil, spoon the soup into oven safe bowls adding the bread and grated cheese to the top, and place the bowls under the broiler until the cheese has melted.
  6. Remove carefully from the oven as the bowls are quite hot and place them on a plate or directly onto the table.
  7. Dig in and ENJOY!

Please vote accordingly

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What is your favorite type of soup?

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Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on October 29, 2015:

Thanks so much Rachel. I was just thinking of making this soup this week :)

Rachel L Alba from Every Day Cooking and Baking on October 26, 2015:

Hi Susan, French Onion Soup is without a doubt at the top of the list of my favorite soups. I like your idea of the cheese change and I love ciabatta bread, so that will be even better. Thank you for sharing your great recipe.

Blessings to you.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 21, 2014:

Margaret, Thanks so much and I hope you enjoy the French onion soup. I find this recipe very easy to make compared to Julia Child's.

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Margaret Schindel from Massachusetts on September 20, 2014:

Susan, French onion soup is one of my favorites. I've made it for decades using a variation on Julia Child's iconic recipe from Mastering the Art of French Cooking, but I definitely want to try your recipe, which is much quicker and simpler and sounds absolutely delicious! I love the idea of using Gouda instead of one of the more traditional cheeses such as Emmenthaler or Gruyere. Pinning to my Awesome Recipes board!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 16, 2014:

Barb, esmonaco, Merrci and teaches, Thank you all so much!

Dianna Mendez on September 11, 2014:

Your soup looks delicious and your bowls are just right for serving with style. I'll try your tip on slicing onion next time I use one.

Merry Citarella from Oregon's Southern Coast on September 10, 2014:

I'm so glad to see this recipe! It looks so delicious. Hope to give it a try soon with fall on its way in! Love your photo!

Eugene Samuel Monaco from Lakewood New York on September 10, 2014:

French Onion soup is one of my all time favorite soups, this looks delicious, I'll pin this one for the future. Thanks for another great one :)

Barbara Tremblay Cipak from Toronto, Canada on September 10, 2014:

looks just as good over here at hub as it did in the squidoo format :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on July 31, 2014:

@susan-sproull-3: I love making soups as you can see and find them so easy to make. I started out following others recipes then once I got comfortable I started creating with what I had on hand in the cupboards and in the fridge.

susan-sproull-3 on July 27, 2014:

Looks delicious. I have never tried making French onion soup. I have tried making other soups before without any success. I guess I need more practice. :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 25, 2014:

@Coffee-Break: Basically you're cutting the onion in half before peeling it. I found that it works really well doing this way. I do hope that you'll enjoy the French Onion soup.

Dorian Bodnariuc from Ottawa, Ontario Canada on March 24, 2014:

Sounds delicious, I'll try it. As for the onion slicing, I guess I'm brainwashed by my mom to not slice onions before peeling and washing. But in my youth onions were often time still covered with dirt when you bought them. Nowadays they clean, and I guess this trick works.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 24, 2014:

@flycatcherrr: Thanks for stopping by.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 24, 2014:

@Donna Cook: Thank so much!

flycatcherrr on March 23, 2014:

I've never met a soup (or an onion, or a cheese) I didn't like. :)

Donna Cook on March 23, 2014:

Terrific lens! I love french onion soup and want to try this one. My comfort soups are homemade beef barley and tomato rice.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 23, 2014:

@Heidi Vincent: Is Channa soup made with chick peas?

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 23, 2014:

@lesliesinclair: Thanks!

lesliesinclair on March 22, 2014:

This soup just keeps getting better and this one looks souper.

Heidi Vincent from GRENADA on March 22, 2014:

Channa soup.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 22, 2014:

@Brite-Ideas: Thanks!

Barbara Tremblay Cipak from Toronto, Canada on March 22, 2014:

oh my goodness this looks amazing - PINNED!!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 22, 2014:

@susanholland10: Thanks so much Susan. It really is an easy soup to make:)

Susan Holland from Southwest Missouri on March 22, 2014:

You always make it look so easy and DELICIOUS!!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 22, 2014:

@junecampbell: Thank you so much!

June Campbell from North Vancouver, BC, Canada on March 22, 2014:

OMG, that recipe looks so good! I love soup, and French Onion is a favorite.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 22, 2014:

@susan-sproull-3: I've never had butternut squash soup but will have to try it soon as I'm sure I'd like it.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 22, 2014:

@susan-sproull-3: I think it would be different but at the same time probably pretty good.

susan-sproull-3 on March 22, 2014:

Hi Susan

Your french onion soup looks yummy. I wonder how it would taste with a vegetable stock.

susan-sproull-3 on March 22, 2014:

Hi Susan,

Lentil, butternut squash and French onion are among my favourites. I wonder how French onion soup would take with a vegetable base broth.

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