Onion soup

Most onion soups have two problems for me: (1) they take hours to make, and (2) they call for wine, which we don't use.

I took a recipe from Land O Lakes Treasury of Country Recipes and tweaked it to work for me. Even my kids have been eating it! Don't be intimidated by the long ingredient list: this soup comes together quickly once you have the onions chopped.


Onion Soup

2 tablespoons butter
4 large or 5 medium onions, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon minced garlic
3 1/2 cups water
1 tablespoon beef bouillon
2 tablespoons grainy mustard
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon parsley
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder1/4 teaspoon thyme
1/4 teaspoon basil
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
salt to taste
mozzarella cheese cubes

In a large pot, sauté onions in butter until very tender, the longer the better. You could spend an hour or more on this step, but I usually only have about 30 minutes.

Add remaining ingredients through nutmeg and simmer, covered, at least 40 minutes, the longer the better. Add more water if necessary (you probably won't need more if you use the minimum time).

Salt to taste. Serve with cheese cubes on the side, to be stirred into individual bowls at the table.

Serves 4 as a main dish.

Tips for cutting onions: sharpen your knife before you start. I slice the ends off, peel and halve the onions, then slice thinly until I start fearing for my fingers. Then I tip the rest of the onion over and just mince the rest.


  1. I love onion soup.. It is alot of work cutting up the onions..But, well worth it.
    I will try this one.. I don't put wine in mine either.. The cheese cubes...do you put them in the soup to melt?? or just on the plate??
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. We put them in the soup to melt.

  2. I'll look forward to trying this soon. Another problem I have with most onion soups is the high level of sodium. This sounds flavorful without lots of additional salt. I have to wonder if this would do nicely in the crockpot for a few hours after the sauteeing of the onions...

    1. I was thinking the same thing, Kristine. I think it would do well in the crockpot.

  3. Delicious! I made this today for dinner with extended family tonight. I sauteed the onions for about an hour, mixed in the remaining ingredients and brought to a simmer then transferred to a crockpot. It's worked out well. I think they'll love it. Thank you for sharing.

  4. You can substitute chicken, beef or vegetable broth for wine in any recipe (as far as I know).

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