French Onion Soup with Brûléed Blue Cheese.

If you do one thing this week, make some blue cheese french onion soup! 2020 is wacky, especially since this is the second recipe for french onion soup that I’m sharing in one year. YES. I couldn’t help it. I originally shared this lover’s french onion soup back in February, just in time for Valentine’s […]

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If you do one thing this week, make some blue cheese french onion soup!

french onion soup with brûléed blue cheese

2020 is wacky, especially since this is the second recipe for french onion soup that I’m sharing in one year. YES. I couldn’t help it.

I originally shared this lover’s french onion soup back in February, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Before the world imploded!

It’s incredible. It’s a classic version that is dreamy and cheesy and oh-so comforting.

caramelized onions in a pot

Then.

Then I saw a recipe for french onion soup with blue cheese. Ummmm. What?

My life was forever changed. I love blue cheese SO MUCH. 

The thought of melty, bubbly blue cheese on top of french onion soup was something I could not erase from my brain. It sounded absolutely incredibly and such an upgrade from the original.

So I made it. A bunch.

We ate it like crazy.

base of french onion soup

And here we are! I’m showing you how to make it because it’s a hug in a bowl. A big bowl of heaven that has to happen in your life. Yes, it’s a treat to make any time of year, but especially delicious right now for this chilly holiday season. If you’re looking for a special meal to make to take the sting off of this weird and lonely holiday season, I’ve the ticket.

French onion soup with blue cheese! It will comfort you and make you the happiest person EVER.

french onion soup topped with baguettes and blue cheese

So in my traditional french onion soup recipe, I like to deglaze the caramelized onions with bourbon. In this recipe, I use red wine.

My preference is pinot noir, but you could use your favorite red. I love the flavor that the red wine adds to the onions as it cooks down – and it complements the blue cheese so well.

french onion soup topped with baguettes and blue cheese

P.S. I’m a little bit of a red wine + blue cheese combo fanatic. Remember when I make these blue cheese biscuits with pinot noir butter?!

french onion soup with brûléed blue cheese

Anyway! The base of the french onion soup is still a classic – it’s the topping that takes it up a notch! I like to make crouton-y baguette slices that fit right in your bowl. Once those are toasted, pile a bunch of blue cheese or gorgonzola and broil the heck out of your bowls.

french onion soup with brûléed blue cheese

OH YES.

french onion soup with brûléed blue cheese

This is seriously one of my dream meals. Caramely, savory french onion soup. Toasty bread. Melty, bubbly blue cheese. Does not get any better than this! 

french onion soup with brûléed blue cheese

Blue Cheese French Onion Soup

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French Onion Soup with Brûléed Blue Cheese

This blue cheese french onion soup is divine! Classic french onion soup topped with a baguette slice and bruleed blue cheese. Dreamy!
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 4 to 5 large sweet onions, (about 2lbs worth), sliced
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons red wine
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • cup dry sherry
  • 6 cups beef stock
  • 1 to 2 sprigs of fresh thyme, plus extra for garnish
  • 1 baguette, cut into slices
  • 8 ounces blue cheese or gorgonzola, sliced or crumbled

Instructions

  • Heat a large pot over low heat and add the butter. Once melted, stir in the onions, salt, pepper and thyme. Cook, stirring often, until the onions are softened and are starting to caramelize, about 20 minutes. Stir in the red wine. Cook, stirring often again, for another 20 to 30 minutes until the onions are deeply caramelized and golden in color. Stir in the garlic.
  • Stir in the dry sherry and cook for about 5 minutes. Add in the beef stock and fresh thyme sprigs. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce it to a simmer and cook uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes, until the broth has reduced and thickened a bit.
  • While the soup is simmering, make your baguette slices. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place the slices on a baking sheet. Brush the bread with olive oil. Place in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes, until golden and crunchy.
  • To serve the soup, ladle spoonfuls of the soup into oven-safe ramekins or crocks. Place them on a baking sheet. Add a sprinkle of blue cheese on top, then a baguette slice. Pile more blue cheese on top. Repeat with remaining crocks. If you have leftover baguettes and blue cheese, I like to top the bread with the blue cheese and place them on a baking sheet too. These are great for extra dippers.
  • Turn the broiler on your oven to high with a rack in the center of the oven.
  • Stick the baking sheet in the oven. Broil for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the cheese is golden and bubbly. Be sure to keep an eye on them so the bread doesn’t burn! Garnish with extra thyme if you wish. And serve!

french onion soup with brûléed blue cheese

Dooooo it.

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Lover’s French Onion Soup.

Hello lover! I’m here with the best french onion soup for you. It’s caramely and decadent and cheesy and satisfying. Perfect for a winter’s day or Valentine’s night. Personally, this is what I would love to eat on Valentine’s Day the most!  Now I know, I know. I have a (verrrry old) french onion soup […]

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Hello lover! I’m here with the best french onion soup for you.

My favorite french onion soup starts with bourbon caramelized onions! Adorable heart croutons and tons of gruyere take it over the top.

It’s caramely and decadent and cheesy and satisfying. Perfect for a winter’s day or Valentine’s night. Personally, this is what I would love to eat on Valentine’s Day the most! 

My favorite french onion soup starts with bourbon caramelized onions! Adorable heart croutons and tons of gruyere take it over the top.

Now I know, I know. I have a (verrrry old) french onion soup recipe here on the blog that’s (gasp!) made in the slow cooker. People get really passionate about not making it in the slow cooker, and it’s not like that’s my omgfavoriteversionever, but my oh my I do love french onion soup.

My favorite french onion soup starts with bourbon caramelized onions! Adorable heart croutons and tons of gruyere take it over the top.

So here, I’m showing you how to make it the good old fashioned way! It takes a while to truly caramelize the onions. Like, at least an hour. I like to caramelize them with bourbon for some extra oomph since it IS valentine’s week after all. 

My favorite french onion soup starts with bourbon caramelized onions! Adorable heart croutons and tons of gruyere take it over the top.

You also need to use quite a few onions for little result. Think of it like when you cook spinach: the mixture is going to cook down majorly, but the flavor that develops will be incredible. It absolutely MAKES the soup. 

My favorite french onion soup starts with bourbon caramelized onions! Adorable heart croutons and tons of gruyere take it over the top.

The broth is rich and delicious, made with beef stock and thyme. One of my favorite french onion soups ever is from cafe sante in boyne city where they make it with duck fat. Now, THAT is good.

But this may be even better.

Tons of gruyere cheese. Lots of it to give you that melty pull. 

And a heart shaped crouton? I mean, could these BE any cuter?! 

My favorite french onion soup starts with bourbon caramelized onions! Adorable heart croutons and tons of gruyere take it over the top.

The crouton is important. You might be wondering why, considering that by the time you get to the bottom of french onion soup, the bread tends to be disintegrating. But this is the reason! Making a crouton allows it to last longer and absorb more without falling apart. It also adds some wonderful texture along with depth of flavor. 

P.S. after years of telling you I like my toast on edge of being burnt to a crisp, do you believe me now? HAHAHA.

My favorite french onion soup starts with bourbon caramelized onions! Adorable heart croutons and tons of gruyere take it over the top.

And how about the cute crocks?

I think my mom is probably losing it right now that I actually bought these crocks on amazon because she has similar ones somewhere in her house, like legit from the 70s. These are quite 70s looking, aren’t they?! I love it. 

My favorite french onion soup starts with bourbon caramelized onions! Adorable heart croutons and tons of gruyere take it over the top.

Of course, you don’t need a crock to serve these in, but you do need something that is oven-safe. Like a ramekin. Broiling that gruyere on top of the soup is the key to making it seem restaurant-ish and gourmet. 

My favorite french onion soup starts with bourbon caramelized onions! Adorable heart croutons and tons of gruyere take it over the top.

I mean, LOOK AT THAT.

My favorite french onion soup starts with bourbon caramelized onions! Adorable heart croutons and tons of gruyere take it over the top.

This is a soup of pure love. You have to love cooking to make this soup, or at least love the person that you’re going to make this soup for. Even if it’s just yourself. It’s a little labor of love, though it’s not hard at all. It just takes awhile, but it’s one of those beautifully decadent recipes. Where you spend the evening making it and just.can’t.wait. to take a bite.

Isn’t that the best?

My favorite french onion soup starts with bourbon caramelized onions! Adorable heart croutons and tons of gruyere take it over the top.

Lover’s French Onion Soup

Lover’s French Onion Soup

My favorite french onion soup starts with bourbon caramelized onions! Adorable heart croutons and tons of guyere take it over the top.

  • 4 to 5 large sweet onions, ((about 2lbs worth), sliced)
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon
  • 2 garlic cloves, (minced)
  • ⅓ cup dry sherry
  • 6 cups beef stock
  • 1 to 2 sprigs of fresh thyme, (plus extra for garnish)
  • 8 ounces gruyere cheese, (freshly grated)
  • bread slices, (cut into heart shapes)
  1. Heat a large pot over low heat and add the butter. Once melted, stir in the onions, salt, pepper and thyme. Cook, stirring often, until the onions are softened and are starting to caramelize, about 20 minutes. Stir in the bourbon. Cook, stirring often again, for another 20 to 30 minutes until the onions are deeply caramelized and golden in color. Stir in the garlic.
  2. Stir in the dry sherry and cook for about 5 minutes. Add in the beef stock and fresh thyme sprigs. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce it to a simmer and cook uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes, until the broth has reduced and thickened a bit.
  3. While the soup is simmering, make your heart croutons! Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Use a heart-shaped cutter to cut out hearts in the bread, then place them on the baking sheet. Brush the bread with olive oil. Place in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes, until golden and crunch.
  4. To serve the soup, ladle spoonfuls of the soup into oven-safe ramekins or crocks. Add a sprinkle of gruyere cheese on top, then a heart crouton. Add another sprinkle of gruyere on top. Repeat with remaining crocks.
  5. Turn the broiler on your oven to high with a rack in the center of the oven.
  6. Place the crocks on a baking sheet and stick them in the oven. Broil for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the cheese is golden and bubbly. Garnish with extra thyme if you wish. And serve!

My favorite french onion soup starts with bourbon caramelized onions! Adorable heart croutons and tons of gruyere take it over the top.

Probably gonna nap on that little cheese raft.

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