Beefy French Onion Soup

This soul-satisfying soup combines savory beef flavor with caramelized onions, chewy French bread, and creamy Gruyère cheese.
  • 0:40 TIME
  • 15 Portions
  • easy



Butter, unsalted

2 oz / 56 g

Onions, sliced thin or small diced

32 oz / 908 g

Thyme, fresh, sprig

3 ea

Garlic, peeled, whole

2 ea

Water, hot

64 fl oz / 1900 ml

Minor’s Beef Base, 6 x 1 lb

2 1/2 oz / 70 g

Salt & Pepper

to taste

French bread, sliced thin, toasted

15 ea

Gruyére cheese, mild, shredded 

15 oz / 424 g



  1. In a heavy-bottom pan, melt butter. Add onions, thyme, and garlic. Sauté, stirring frequently, until they turn a rich brown color, approximately 25 minutes. Once onions are brown, remove thyme stems and whole garlic cloves.
  2. Add water and Beef Base to onions. Heat to boiling; stirring frequently. Reduce heat and gently simmer for 5 minutes. Season to taste.
  3. For service: Portion 6-1/2 oz / 195 ml soup into heavy bowl. Place 2 slices of toasted French bread on top of soup (to float like a raft), and then place 2 oz / 56 g of cheese on top of bread. Place bowl of soup under a broiler until cheese is melted. Serve hot.