What’s Cooking – French Onion Soup

What’s Cooking – French Onion Soup

We all know that food is extremely important and it can determine how we feel and how we act. Good nutritional meals can help us stay in good form for longer. But what about people in assisted living; what do they get to eat? Well, as I just discovered some of the lucky ones get some pretty tasty food 😉

Sunrise Care asked me to try something from their menu. From their extensive selection of dishes that include: Beef Bourguignon, Bread & Butter Pudding, Crème Brûlée, Fish & Chips, French Onion Soup, Fillet of Sea Bream with Salsa, Smoked Chicken & Orange Salad, Smoked Paprika & Red Onion Chicken, Smoked Salmon & Egg Platter or Tomato & Basil Risotto, we decided to give the humble French Onion soup a try!

I must admit it was the perfect choice. The soup is extremely tasty with a rich velvety consistency and a full mouth flavour, the onions just seem to melt in your mouth. For a dish that epitomises the “just one more spoonful” approach to eating it actually came as a big surprise from a meal that doesn’t take all they long to prepare.

To see the original recipe please visit Taste of Sunrise.

So what do we need to make this humble yet absolutely gorgeous soup? The ingredients as stated below will serve 4:

  • 15g butter
  • 1½ Spanish onions
  • 20ml sunflower oil
  • 30ml sherry
  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  • 625ml beef stock
  • 15g cornflour
  • 5ml Worcestershire Sauce
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of ground black pepper
  • 1tsp of gravy granules


Heat the oil in a pan, add the onions, and sauté them for 2 minutes.

Then add the sherry and thyme (we didn’t have any fresh so we had to settle for dried).

Cook for a while until reduced by half in order to cook off the alcohol.

Add the butter and stock. Bring to the boil and hold simmering, covered for 30-35 minutes.

Mix the cornflour and Worcestershire Sauce together with a little bit of water until you have nice smooth paste.

Whisk the paste into the soup, and return it to a simmering state for another 10 minutes.

Whisk in the gravy granules and season to taste.

Normally French Onion Soup is served with cheesy croutons. You can use a ciabatta bread, cut it into 4 slices and grill both sides until light golden in colour. Top with parmesan cheese and finish under the grill for 1 minute. This is the easy option 😉

We went for a twist on our Cheese and Onion Rolls. This time they were made with tomato paste, bacon and of course cheese. They made a perfect addition into our soup!

What’s Cooking - French Onion Soup

So, what do you think?

Would you be happy to see a meal like this on your plate?

*I was provided with a small payment to cover the cost of cooking ingredients.


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27 responses to “What’s Cooking – French Onion Soup

  1. I must admit I love French Onion soup, it is one of my fave foods. This looks delicious.


  2. Wow this looks like a simple easy recipe.. Im not the best cook but this has inspired me to give cooking another try 🙂 Take a look at my recent post: http://jaylasjungle.com/2014/11/november-obsessions/

  3. I’ve never cooked French onion soup before – I really must one of these days!

  4. I love your recipe and I can’t wait to make an onion soup. Think that’s a perfect idea for this bad weather! btw: is it possible to replace the beef stock with vegetable stock? is it ok to use an instant product or would you suggest to prepare a homemade veggie stock with mirepoix?

    • You can use veggie stock but your soup will have much gentle taste and much lighter colour.
      We used a shop bought stock from Knorr, but if you have time home made can be only better 🙂
      I hope you will enjoy the soup.

      • thanks :o) I can’t wait for the soup. I will buy fresh baked bread tomorrow and the veggie-stuff and then I will enjoy this soup (even when our roof is ready for lift off with all that onions)

  5. I love French Onion soup! Your description of it being a “humble” soup is right on…and it always delivers deliciousness!

  6. great recipe.. this is one of my favorite soups ever!

  7. This sounds yummy! It would be perfect on a cold day!

  8. Nothing better than onion soup on a cold day – yum yum!

  9. Honestly, I’m not an onion lover at all, it doesn’t go down well with me 😦 But your soup looks good.

  10. Kimberly Bergeron

    LOVE onion soup! I’ll have to give your recipe a go. BTW, I love your soup bowl too!

  11. Mmmm, this sounds so warming and tasty but not too heavy, perfect for lunch – or as indulgent starter I reckon 😁

  12. I absolutely love French onion soup! I have never tried to make it myself but I definitely need to try.

  13. I love to cook. I haven’t heard about this recipe before, so i will try to make it once in my kitchen. Thank you for sharing.

  14. The entire meal just looks yummy! I’ve had Japanese onion soup (its one of my favorites) before and it is very different, only broth. This looks yummy, too!

  15. Sounds delicious – especially if you add some crunchy bread

  16. emmysmummy

    My all time favourite soup, sadly no one else likes it.

  17. I have tasted french onion soup before. However, I had no clue how they made it. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  18. Hi there! Very useful recipe! Willtry it out soon!

  19. The soup looks so tempting! Perfect for winters 🙂 GIG

  20. I agree, there a lot of benefits from Onion Soup. It is so yummy!

  21. Oh yum, I LOVE onion soup. I got the taste for it in Switzerland, they make the most amazing, en croute, onion soups you can imagine!xx

  22. Eliz Frank

    I love french onion soup in the winter. It is satisfying and so filling.

  23. I have never tried French Onion soup, but it does look delicious

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