Six kinds of onions cook together to make this comforting, fragrant and delicious wintertime Six Onion Soup Recipe. Topped with baked Parmesan crisps, you can still enjoy all the flavors of classic French Onion Soup, but with less guilt.
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Now, for part two of this post- SIX Onion Soup! (remember, I said there would always be food with my ramblings?)
Anyone else a French Onion Soup lover? French Onion Soup has always been one of my favorite soups. Growing up I would always request the toasted bread on the side of the soup and extra cheese on top. Seriously, caramelized soupy onions slathered cheese is the very best combination. Bonus points if it’s Asiago or Parmesan cheese.
Anyway, in college, I made my own onion soup a few times. This version was, yes, delicious, but it required so much butter (we’re talking STICKS) and cheese, that now a decade later, I just can’t. I don’t want to die earlier than absolutely necessary. For some reason, I assumed this was simply how this soup was made and never tried to make it since.
Then came my monthly subscription to EatingWell. Yes, you guys, even food bloggers read food magazines and draw inspiration from other places. Anyway, there it was- a recipe for Onion Soup that was actually moderately healthy. Sure, I added some butter (because, obviously) and topped some carbs with cheese, but this soup is a far cry from the previous French Onion Soup I used to cook.
And the flavor!? Oh my, it was deep, comforting, and exactly what one should expect when slowly cooking six different types of onion together.
If you try cooking this Six Onion Soup Recipe, please leave me a comment and let me know! I always love to hear your thoughts.
For more soup recipes check out,
- Lemon Chicken Soup with Cauliflower Rice
- Smoked Gouda Broccoli Soup
- Healthy Buffalo Chicken Soup
- Cambodian Pork and Cucumber Soup
- Turmeric Broth Soup with Wild Rice and Vegetables
- Easy Chicken Avocado Soup Recipe
- Bone Broth Recipe (How to Make Bone Broth)
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Six Onion Soup with Baked Parmesan Crisps
- 4 tbsp olive oil (divided)
- 4 tbsp butter (divided)
- 6 cups leeks (white and light green parts only, halved and thinly sliced)
- 8 large shallots (thinly sliced)
- 10 cloves garlic (minced)
- 2 cups green onions (thinly sliced)
- 6 sweet white onions (halved and thinly sliced)
- 4 red onions (halved and thinly sliced)
- 3 yellow onions (halved and thinly sliced)
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
- 1 cup fresh parsley (finely chopped)
- 2 tbsp fresh rosemary (finely chopped)
- 2 tbsp fresh thyme (finely chopped)
- 2/3 cup dry sherry ((may substitute with cognac))
- 8-12 cups beef broth
- Fresh chopped parsley (to garnish)
For the Baked Parmesan Crisps
- 1 French or Sourdough baguette (sliced into 1/2-inch pieces)
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup Parmesan cheese (shredded)
For the Soup
- Place 2 tablespoons olive oil and 2 tablespoons of butter in a large heavy-bottomed Dutch Oven or stock pot over medium-high heat. Add the leeks and cook, stirring often to prevent browning, until cooked (approximately 5-6 minutes). Add the sliced shallots to the leeks and mix well to combine. Cook, stirring frequently, for 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute before adding the sliced green onion, white onions, red onions, yellow onions, salt and black pepper.
- If you find that all the onions refuse to fit into the pot, don't worry! You may need to add part of the onions, allow them to cook down, add some more, allow those to cook down, and then add the rest.
- Drizzle the remaining olive oil over the onions and add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter to the pot. Allow onions to reduce by approximately half, stirring frequently.
- Once the onions are soft, juicy and fragrant (approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour), add the fresh parsley, rosemary, and thyme to the onions and mix well to combine. Cook for an additional 45 minutes to 1 hour, stirring occasionally to prevent burning.
- With the onions deeply browned and caramelized, increase temperature to high and add the dry sherry (or cognac) and scrape any burnt pieces stuck to the bottom of the pot. Allow alcohol to cook for approximately 1-2 minutes before adding the beef broth to the pot. Cover and bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for an additional 20-30 minutes and season with additional salt and pepper, as needed.
- Serve each bowl topped with homemade baked Parmesan crisps (see below), fresh chopped parsley and additional shredded cheese, if desired.
For the Baked Parmesan Crisps
- Prepare the Parmesan crisps approximately 15 minutes before soup is ready to be served. Position baking rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat the broiler to low.
- Slice baguette into thin 1/2-inch slices and transfer to a baking sheet in a single layer. Brush top side of each slice with oil. Transfer baking sheet to the oven and broil until golden brown, approximately 4 minutes.
- Remove baking sheet from the oven and immediately flip over each slice and top with approximately 1 tablespoon shredded Parmesan cheese. Return baking sheet to the oven and broil an additional 3-4 minute or until cheese has melted. Serve.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and specific brands of ingredients used.)