Bistro French Onion Soup without Wine

Make this Bistro French Onion Soup without using wine. It’s perfect when hosting guests, or for a simple French meal. Top the soup with crostinis and cheese for the authentic touch. Also check out this Vegetarian French Onion soup if you’re looking for a way to cut out meat products.

Make this Bistro French Onion Soup without using wine.
Make this Bistro French Onion Soup without using wine.

Ingredients for Bistro French Onion Soup

  • Onions: Sweet onions will work best for this recipe since there is quite a bit of natural sugar in sweet onions. If you don’t have sweet onions, you can use your favorite onion or the onions you have on hand for this soup.
  • Beef Broth: Traditionally, French Onion Soup is made with beef broth. Make a beef bone broth to add to your soup or use a low-sodium beef broth.
  • Gruyere Cheese: Grate the cheese for this soup or make slices to place on top of the soup. Gruyere is the classic cheese for this soup, but you can replace Gruyere with Swiss or Parmesan.
  • Baguette: Use a French baguette as the crouton for this soup. Toast stale or fresh bread to make crostinis out of the baguette before placing it into the soup.

How to Make Bistro French Onion Soup without Wine

This Bistro French Onion Soup recipe only uses a few key ingredients – onions, broth, oil and spices.

Start by slicing the onions until you have about 10 cups of sliced onions. Place the sliced onion in a large dutch oven or a large stock pot and add in the olive oil. Toss the onions to coat and sweat the onions over medium-low heat.

Cook the onions down to make these jammy French onions.
Cook the onions down to make these jammy French onions.

After the onions have slightly softened, bring the heat up to medium and continue cooking the onions. Give them a good toss and then let the onions continue caramelizing. The onions will take about an hour to fully caramelize. The onions will caramelize best by leaving them undisturbed, but give them a good stir roughly every 20 minutes to prevent burning.

Once the onions have caramelized, add in the butter and minced garlic. Stir well and let the new ingredients meld together for about 3 minutes, or until the garlic becomes fragrant.

Then, add in the beef broth and thyme sprigs and allow the entire pot to come to a simmer. Simmer for about 15 minutes and taste the soup. Add in salt and pepper to taste.

While the soup is simmering, prepare the bread and cheese topping. Set the oven to broil.

Add the soup to a crock and then top with toasted croutons and cheese before broiling.
Add the soup to a crock and then top with toasted croutons and cheese before broiling.

Cut the slices of baguette into 1″ slices and toast, either in the oven or in a toaster. Once the bread is toasted, add the French Onion Soup to a high heat resistant bowl. Then place the baguettes in the bowl and top with slices, pieces or slivers of the Gruyere cheese.

After adding the cheese, broil the crock until the cheese is crispy and slightly browned.
After adding the cheese, broil the crock until the cheese is crispy and slightly browned.

Add the bowl to the oven and broil for 10 – 15 minutes. When the soup to be bubbling around the edges and the cheese is slightly browned on top, the soup is ready to serve.

How to Make French Onion Soup with Wine

Generally, this soup is made with wine to accent the flavor of the onions and broth.

If you want to use wine with this recipe, simply add a dry white wine to the onions to deglaze the pan once they are finished caramelizing. Scrape up the fond from the bottom of the pan. Fond is the browned bits of food that attaches to the bottom of the pan while cooking.

The fond is packed with flavor and will need a liquid of some kind to loosen it from the pan. Generally in French cooking, wine is used but you can replace the wine with another liquid, such as the beef broth.

How Many Onions Will I Need?

You’ll need a plethora of onions. You can use between 5 and 10 onions for this recipe, but I generally use about 8 to come up with about 10 cups of sliced onions.

It’s okay if you don’t have 10 full cups of sliced onions. Or if you enjoy the flavor of the onion soup with less onions, feel free to reduce the amount of onions used. Another option is to simply reduce the recipe by half.

Which Onions are Best for French Onion Soup?

The main ingredient in Bistro French Onion Soup is, you guessed it, onions!

Truthfully, you can use any type of onion that you have on hand for French Onion Soup. I’ve made this sop with red onions, sweet onions, white onions, yellow onions and a combination of different onion types.

If you have extra onions that you have wondering how to use up, throw them all into a large dutch oven and cook them down.

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Bistro French Onion Soup without Wine

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Recipe by Sarah
Course: AppetizerCuisine: French, American, French AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

8

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

1

hour 

10

minutes
Calories

400

kcal

Ingredients

  • 5 large sweet onions

  • 3 garlic cloves

  • 4 cups beef broth

  • 2 tbsn butter

  • 3 tbsn olive oil

  • 3 sprigs thyme

  • 8 slices French baguette (1 inch slices)

  • 1 cup guyere cheese

  • salt and pepper

Directions

  • Peel and slice the onions so you have about 10 cups of onion slivers. Place them in a large dutch oven with the olive oil and toss to coat. Over medium-low heat, let the onions sweat out for about 15 minutes. Then raise the heat to medium and let the onions cook down and caramelize, this should take about one hour. Give the onions a good mix every 20 minutes so they cook evenly.
  • Once the onions are caramelized, stir in the butter and garlic. let the onions cook with the butter and garlic for about 3 minutes.
  • Add in the beef broth and thyme springs. Allow the soup to simmer for about 15 minutes – this will allow all the flavors of the soup to come together. Taste the soup and add salt and pepper to taste.
  • While the soup is simmering, prepare the oven. Set your oven to broil and toast the baguette slices.
  • Place the onion soup in a soup crock. Top the soup with the toasted baguette and cheese. Place the soup in the oven and broil for about 10 – 15 minutes, until the soup is bubbling around the cheese and the cheese has browned.

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