ffwD: Cheese-topped Onion Soup

Was anyone else as excited as I was to make this French onion soup? I have a paralegal in my office (Codename: Chanclas) who adores French onion soup so much that when our firm has a luncheon at a high-end steakhouse, all she talks about is the French onion soup. Now, I’m not that crazed to forgo steak in favor of soup, but I do appreciate a soup this warming and delicious, especially when the temperature outside is hovering on the low end of the thermometer.

I was also excited for this recipe because I bought a huge block of Gruyere from Costco and planned on being heavy-handed with shredding. I just love the oozing, melted, bubbling cheese as the soup comes out of the oven. I also used slices of the last mini-brioche loaf for the toasted “crouton” to float on top.

I will say that I’m glad I caramelized the onions the night before I assembled the soup because it took over an hour and a half for the onions to get this color. (I apologize for the dim photo, as it was taken at night with artificial light.) Had I waited to caramelize the onions the same day I wanted to serve the soup, I would’ve been nowhere near as excited about the soup as I am now.

To see how other bloggers fared with this cheese-topped onion soup, check out French Fridays with Dorie where we make recipes from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.

73 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mireia
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 01:55:56

    This looks great! I love onion soup so I guess this is going to my to-do list!

  2. Food,Photography & France
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 02:26:27

    Very, very sexy looking onion soup – nice post

  3. Elpiniki
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 03:33:11

    Looks really comforting! Amazing presentation!

  4. Anita Menon
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 03:48:00

    Love the red pots. So cute.. the soup looks sumptuous

  5. oneexpatslife
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 03:54:49

    Great bowls! They really show off your delicious looking soup.

  6. Beth
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 04:06:01

    Your soup looks gorgeous, but I’m surprised the onions took so long. Definitely a recipe to be made over two days!

  7. Three-Cookies
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 04:27:11

    French onion soup is amazing. I made it once and I thought I would caramelise a lot more onions and freeze it.
    How do you come up with the codenames?

    • yummychunklet
      Feb 24, 2012 @ 08:16:09

      The codenames are usually from conversations or a specific story attached to that person. For instance, “Chanclas” was used because that paralegal and I were discussing the different ways we referred to flip-flops. I called them “step-ins” as a kid, which she called them “chanclas”. Another friend called them “chelelas”.

  8. thekalechronicles
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 05:30:09

    Looks good — look at all that yummy cheese!

  9. Cher
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 05:47:04

    This soup is definitely worthy of an over load of cheese.
    Love the soup mugs!

  10. Alice
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 07:08:41

    alright, you did a great job on your onions! Your soup looks great! Mine, not so much – but the flavor was good… 🙂 I guess that makes it worth it right? I will have to make this again and do as well as you did and buy some nifty cute le crusets to put them in!

  11. Baker Street
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 07:32:26

    Ah.. what I would give to eat a bowl of this right now.

  12. Frankly Entertaining
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 08:03:29

    Your soup looks amazing. I agree with you about making it over two days. I cooked my onions for an hour, and they were nowhere near the right color, but we needed to eat dinner, so we had to settle for pale soup.

  13. jora
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 08:08:10

    I love those bowls! Where did you get them? Gorgeous presentation.

  14. Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 08:30:57

    Happy Friday! =D

    yesterday night I was thinking of onion soup today morning again. is it me or u whos reading minds? anyway… I am hugae fan of onion soup. I wish I could make it. The oven step at the end crucial ( i dont have an oven), so I cant make it. BUT anybody out there who has should try this yummy soup out!

  15. Ei
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 08:34:48

    Those bowls are ADORABLE. I want them. I also want your Cosco sized block of gruyere. Get in mah belly!

  16. mary
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 09:00:37

    i LOVE onion soup!! this looks incredible

  17. ceciliag
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 09:05:57

    This soup is so good and the longer you do those onions the better! What a sensible idea to cook them the night before! c

  18. Krissy
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 09:44:32

    Your cheese top is much prettier than mine. When under the broiler my cheese melted and slid into the soup. I wanted it to brown just a little. Yours looks so delicious sticking a little to the bowls and staying on top to get more color. Great job! Beautiful and delicious looking photos.

  19. Norma Chang
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 10:05:31

    Onion soup, one of my faorites, Yep, to properly carmelize the onion one has to have patient as it requires long and slow cooking.. Your photos are gorgeous as usual.

  20. saffronandhoney
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 10:46:42

    I love your soup bowls/cups – adorable! Looks great.

  21. Just A Smidgen
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 11:04:02

    This is a cup of heaven! My family doesn’t care for French Onion Soup (I know!!?) so I’ll have to make one for myself, on the bright side, I don’t have to share!

  22. InCucinaDaME
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 11:18:32

    Love everything here.

    The Le Creuset cocottes (have a bunch of Le Creuset stuff that I buy from Sur La Table), the onion soup itself and the GREAT pictrues.


  23. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 11:54:21

    French Onion soup is one of my faves and I would trade it for steak any day; especially this one. Your photos are gorgeous and the soup looks crazy delicious. I am very impressed at your stick-to-it-ness with the onions. That is impressive!

  24. Hether Kinnaird
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 12:24:50

    Your soup looks AMAZING!

  25. April @ The 21st Century Housewife
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 12:30:42

    This sounds delicious. I love the idea of caramelising the onions the night before too. Mouthwatering photographs as well! Thank you for sharing this post with the Gallery of Favorites!

  26. Necessity is the Mother of Invention
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 12:41:45

    Okay, brilliant re: carmelizing the night before. And, love those bowls.

    Unlike your paralegal, I often don’t like the soup at those la-di-da fancy dinners, but I did like my own homemade version, despite my impatience about getting the onions to the perfect shade of brown.

  27. Purely.. Kay
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 13:29:06

    I LOVE french onion soup! it’s one of my favorite soups and it’s so filling and wonderful to eat. In fact, I eat some every week.. but I usually forgo the bread and just take the soup and cheese lol. Yours came out beautifully… I think I want some right now lol

  28. Caroline
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 13:33:51

    Onion soup is my dad’s all-time favorite. I must make this for him!! x

  29. forgottenbeast
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 13:47:05

    Mmm, I love French onion soup! The ingredients are always so simple, yet the result is amazingly full of flavor.

  30. Suzi
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 13:56:38

    This is truly a soup of beauty. Just love the browned cheese on top, yum!

  31. Heather
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 14:10:06

    These look absolutely divine! And I love your little red pots!

  32. Liz
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 14:57:25

    OK, first of all, I have soup terrine envy!!! Gorgeous bowls! And so smart of you to caramelize your onions ahead of time…you avoided the recurrent problem with this recipe!

  33. Inger Wilkerson
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 15:10:51

    I love baked French onion soup! I did it once this winter and just got new onions from my CSA friends so have my own post planned. Oooooh, now I want it NOOOOWWW.

  34. sanyaliving
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 15:18:01

    Love your soup pots! I think caramelising the night before sounds like a great idea!

  35. bitsandbreadcrumbs
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 15:37:09

    French onion soup is just the best…an all time favorite. I love your red soup bowls with the handles, too!

  36. hotlyspiced
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 15:42:56

    Now I want to go out and buy some little red two-handled pots just like yours! They are gorgeous. I just love French onion soup. It’s been too long. I haven’t had it for ages. Your soup looks delicious – very tempting. Great recipe.

  37. nana
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 15:46:35

    Great idea, two day version. We do this with crust, why not onions. Yours looks
    fantastic. Love the photos.

  38. alwaysaddmorebutter
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 16:05:43

    Your soup bowls are really, really adorable! Where did you get them? Are they Le Creuset? I am a little obsessed with Le Creuset. Your soup looks great!

  39. Marie
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 16:22:26

    I wish I would have bought some beautiful footed soup bowls just for this occasion–your soup looks so beautiful in your red bowls! I also wish that I’d had the foresight to make the onions ahead of time–then I wouldn’t have been so grumpy. Good thinking all around on your part!

  40. Cakelaw
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 16:43:02

    Didn’t the onions take forever to caramelize! Your efforts were rewarded – this is a fine looking soup.

  41. Jen at The Three Little Piglets
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 17:20:30

    There is something insanely satisfying about a bowl of soup smothered with cheese!

  42. Lisa {Smart Food and Fit}
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 18:11:38

    This looks wonderful! our soup bowls are so pretty, love the color. I’ve never tried making onion soup but sure looks pefect for a cold winter’s night! Have a great weekend!

  43. lites66
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 18:21:49

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE those bowls. And, the gorgeous bowls are only enhanced by the great-looking soup. I also 1/2’ed the recipe and it took 90 minutes to carmelize my onions. You’re right. The halved-recipe made two generous portions at our house also. But, the effort is worth the resulting tastes, don’t you think?

  44. TrafficDiva
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 18:27:35

    I must agree with everone on here…those are the Cutest. Bowls. Evah! =)
    Whenever you’re willing to share some of that melty warm soup goodness with me, just call 555-YUMY!!!!

  45. simply Life
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 19:13:38

    ah, the PERFECT soup on a chili night! love it!

  46. Amy (Savory Moments)
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 19:31:08

    One of my absolute favorite soups of all time. Looks delicious, warm, and comforting!

  47. vianneyrodriguez
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 19:38:20

    It’s rainy/cold here I would love this for dinner!! send me a bowl over…

  48. Audrey Allure
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 22:49:27

    Oh my, that looks so good!

  49. Confessions of a Culinary Diva
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 23:28:50

    The red bowls look terrific with the soup. I don’t think I’d sacrifice a steak for soup either. Wish our weather was cooler so I could have been motivated to do this one. Something about 90 degrees and French Onion Soup that don’t mix for me.

  50. kitchen flavours
    Feb 25, 2012 @ 01:15:02

    Wow, a lovely bowl of soup! I love the look of bubbling cheese, sounds scrumptious! Yum!

  51. Pudding Pie Lane
    Feb 25, 2012 @ 06:13:09

    I had french onion soup once and it was just like water and onions, but your version looks wayyyy better and more substantial with the gooey cheese! 😀

  52. Asmita
    Feb 25, 2012 @ 06:28:13

    Looks wonderful! Very comforting and could definitely do with a big bowl of that!

  53. peachkins
    Feb 25, 2012 @ 07:17:37

    OMG! My stomach growled when I saw this…

  54. hemalata
    Feb 25, 2012 @ 09:21:17

    Looks so yummy n sounds so delicious.

  55. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Feb 25, 2012 @ 10:49:32

    Oh good gracious!

  56. Miriam
    Feb 25, 2012 @ 11:15:06

    Oh! This soup looks heavenly. Cheese melted on soup IS irresistable. :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  57. Ronda
    Feb 25, 2012 @ 15:38:35

    Gosh, I am going to have to try that one. I have been looking for a good French Onion soup!

  58. rebecca
    Feb 25, 2012 @ 16:37:31

    looks amazing 🙂 I so need to make French onion soup seems like work with two wee ones though he he

  59. Kathy
    Feb 25, 2012 @ 21:04:10

    Your soup looks perfect and I love your pretty red soup bowls! I love french onion soup can’t wait to give this one a try! Great job!

  60. cooking-varieties (wan)
    Feb 25, 2012 @ 22:13:52

    hi yummy chunklet… oh my, wish i know your name- ha ha..
    anything with cheese, i can eat double portion.. i wont grow fat anyway.
    great sharing and have a happy weekend

  61. Life is Full
    Feb 25, 2012 @ 22:58:27

    Gorgeous and delicious!! And I love your red mini-pots too!

  62. Elaine
    Feb 26, 2012 @ 00:00:16

    Your soup looks fantastic! I hope mine comes out just as well, but I am worried as my onions have been cooking for a few hours now and are just barely turning darker…I think I will have to do what you did and finish making the soup tomorrow.

  63. C
    Feb 26, 2012 @ 00:09:01

    I love this soup and your photos are the greatest.

  64. muppy
    Feb 26, 2012 @ 03:26:37

    i really should try this……….

  65. sally
    Feb 26, 2012 @ 12:02:17

    Those caramelized onions and oozing cheese look fantastic!

  66. tsimmisthyme
    Feb 26, 2012 @ 14:20:30

    Your soup looks divine. And those bowls; oh my goodness. I realized when I got ready to dish my soup up that none of my bowls really were appropriate. Finally settled on an oversized mug. I’m so trying to resist the urge to buy more crockery; there is no room for more but your pictures really make me want to go shopping. Maybe I could convince my son that they are is birthday present and since he will be off to Japan for a year I can take care of them until he returns. Hmmm.

  67. betsy
    Feb 26, 2012 @ 20:37:02

    Lovely soup bowls! Mine were a little dated, though functional. Your soup looks amazing. Great that you got to use your own homemade brioche for the croutons. I loved this one.

  68. pachecopatty
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 12:37:23

    Yummy! Love,love, love your red bowls! They scream french onion soup;-)

  69. katyarich
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 12:45:21

    just delicious..yummmmmy

  70. filingawaycupcakes
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 16:20:49

    I remembered you posted this, and I am craving it sooo much today! On my way to the store, wish me luck!

  71. Alea
    Mar 01, 2012 @ 22:30:44

    French onion soup is my favorite! Your version looks delicious!

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