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Traditional French Onion Soup

Savor the rich flavor of onion in this warm and satisfying recipe from Michael Rulman's "Ruhlman's Twenty."

Traditional French Onion Soup

Source: The Martha Stewart Show


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 7 or 8 pounds Spanish onions (about 10 to 15), thinly sliced
  • Coarse salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 to 12 slices baguette or any other country-style bread, preferably large enough to cover the width of your serving bowls
  • 1/3 cup sherry
  • Red- or white-wine vinegar (optional)
  • Red wine (optional)
  • 1/2 to 3/4 pound Gruyere or Emmenthaler cheese, grated


  1. Place a 7 1/2-quart enameled cast-iron pot over medium heat; melt butter. Add onions and sprinkle with 2 teaspoons salt; cover, and cook until onions have heated through and started to steam. Uncover and reduce heat to low; cook, stirring occasionally, until amber and cooked down, about 3 hours. Season with pepper.

  2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 200 degrees.

  3. Place bread slices on a baking sheet and transfer to oven. Let dry completely, 20 to 30 minutes.

  4. Add 6 cups water to pot with onions; increase heat to high and bring to a simmer. Immediately reduce heat to low. Add sherry; season with salt and pepper. Add a splash of vinegar, if desired, to cut sweetness. For more depth of flavor add a splash of red wine, if desired.

  5. Preheat broiler. Divide soup evenly among 4 to 6 ovenproof bowls; top with toasted bread. Divide cheese evenly among bowls. Transfer bowls to broiler; broil until cheese is melted and browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Serve immediately.

Reviews (2)

  • IdyllwildMan 17 Aug, 2012

    Hello Columbia. There IS a Print option. Check out the left side of the page!

  • columbia93 15 Aug, 2012

    As a "mostly" vegetarian (the occasional chicken or fish but no beef, pork, etc.), I miss my old recipe of french onion soup. Attempts to make it with veggie or chicken stock have failed flavor-wise so was excited to see this episode today and rushed straight to the website. I still absolutely hate your not-so-new website. The old one was easy, accessible and user-friendly. There is NO print option for this recipe, which doesn't really surprise me anymore. Now I will have to cut and paste.