A brilliant French onion soup has the uncanny ability to take the edge off a bad day. Hearty, savory, packed with incredible flavor and topped with intensely satisfying Gruyere cheese, this traditional dish has been comforting generations upon generations for a reason! Many may not even think it reasonable to make a homemade version due to the need for freshly caramelized onions, which can be seen as a daunting endeavor for first-time caramelizers.
On the contrary, caramelizing onions yourself is as easy as it gets! It takes longer than you might expect, approximately 45 minutes, but much of this time is completely hands off, and the end result will leave you absolutely breathless. A great trick is to caramelize more onions than you need for this recipe and save the extra onions in the fridge to use later in the week to liven up a roast chicken dinner or a side of mashed potatoes. Once you have access to this delicious ingredient, you won't ever look back!
Pro tip: We always recommend caramelizing more onions than this recipe calls for and saving any extras in the fridge for later use!
Pro tip: For an even richer French onion soup flavor, simmer caramelized onions in broth for 30 to 45 minutes first, then pour over the bread and continue with step 2.