French Onion Soup with Mini Croutons
French Onion Soup is always a great idea, but this one comes with something different, a delicious onion broth topped with mini croutons and lots of melted cheese.
There’s no denying, Julia Child is the guru when it comes to French Onion Soup, or any French cooking for that matter. But, there is a flaw in the eating of the soup and it’s called a giant crouton.
This recipe is a classic French Onion Soup made in the traditional way with Cognac and wine. Read on to find out the reason for my mini croutons.
A crouton in every bite
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve eaten this soup and sloshed it out of the bowl trying wrangle the 1 large crouton. So I came up with adding mini croutons. This way you get a bite of soup, crouton and cheese in every bite and they don’t sink. That’s what this soup is all about, after all.
Cognac or Brandy in French Onion Soup?
Traditionally Cognac is used, it is French after all, but it can be expensive. A more budget-friendly option is brandy.
FRENCH ONION SOUP COOKING TIPS:
- You want to use a high-sided, wide soup pan or Dutch oven.
- Use a combination of butter and oil. The butter helps brown and the oil prevents burning.
- Perfectly browned onions without sugar. There are 2 stages of cooking the onions (pics below). You first want them softened, this will reduce the volume, then flavorings are added they get evenly browned and sweet. If they’re done right, you don’t need to add sugar, cook low and slow. If browned too quickly, the soup could be bitter.
A little flour added makes the soup slightly thick to make it more hearty.
Even though there is Cognac and wine, you really don’t taste them at all. They just add a great depth of flavor and richness to the broth.
The simple answer is more broth or stock.
In keeping with the French soup theme. I have a soup recipe that hails from Northern France that uses beer, Soupe à la Bière (Beer Soup). Pic below.
If you’ve made this French Onion Soup with Mini Croutons or any other recipe leave a comment below. I love to hear from my readers!
9 Comments on “French Onion Soup with Mini Croutons”
This recipe is easy and delicious! Time consuming, but well worth the effort! This will be my go to for French onion soup! Thanks for sharing!
I’m so glad you enjoyed the soup, thank you for the feedback.
i can”t believe I’ve haven”t reviewed this recipe yet.. I have wanted to make French onion soup for so long! I tried this recipe last winter and have never looked for another. It is everything I wanted in a French Onion soup! I make it exactly how the recipe says and it is the most delicious soup. And it’s easy. Thank you so much for this recipe!
Awesome!! I made 1/2 of the recipe it made enough to fill 2 Corningware 5” ramekins. The croutons worked much better than a sliced piece of French bread!! Love it!!!
Wonderful, I’m happy you enjoyed it
I love, love this soup. I’ve been making it all winter and I’m sad that the weather is warming up. Getting a crouton in every bite is everything.
Love french onion soup, but very rarely make it! Looks delicious, pinned!
I’m so glad you like it, thanks for the great feedback
Ooh, delicious! And I like your thinking on the croutons! 😉