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Posted by on Oct 29, 2012 | 47 comments

Last Soup. Promise. Sorta.

Onions. Cheese. Bread. Beer.

My kinda soup.

It’s been a heavy dose of soup around here, all of which have been very healthy.  Butternut Squash. Roasted Tomato. Apple Bisque.  And this one is too.



Well it can be.

French Onion Soup is by far, my favorite soup. Every year for my birthday Mr. Sixtyone45 makes a batch that takes all day. Homemade stock. Hours of stirring and simmering over the stove. A crazy varietal of onions and cheeses. It’s awesome. It’s also a  serious undertaking.

This is soooo not that recipe. But I will give it a close second.

So one of the things we have been transitioning to around here is trying to eat more dinners as a family.

Little sixtyone45 is a great eater so the challenge is not what to cook. It’s more a challenge of when.  My pride and joy goes to bed early, about 7, every night. So we have two options. Me get dinner ready for 5 or 5:30 (during the well-known  “witching” hour) so we can eat just as dad is “hopefully” dropping his briefcase at the door.  Option two is letting the Little eat early so Mr. and I can enjoy a glass of wine cooking together and another glass of wine eating in a bit more civilized, adult pace.  (So basically in front of the dvr.)

I really like when the three of us eat together. I think Little eats even better and it just feels nice. I can’t think of a better word, just nice. I think it feels like a glimpse into the future when he is a little older (minus the bib and the booster)

And even Little enjoyed this onion soup. It had three types of onions, pumpkin ale (tis the season) and I went with veggie stock this time (although I think the beef stock is better)

We went pretty light on the babe’s onions and a bit heavier on his bread and cheese. (and yes we considered the beer. but after much debate and dr. google, we decided it was only one beer and had likely cooked out….at least that is what we will tell child services) For the ‘rents,  we used a really nutty, grainy bread – pre toasted and cut thin and didn’t go crazy heavy on the gruyere. (One hint, drizzle the toasted bread with a little bit of balsamic before topping with cheese. Goooood.)

So will we eat together every night right now? No. But our goal is 3 – 4 times a week. And this kinda meal is a perfect fit in our house… bread, onions, cheese and of course…


Slow Cooker French Onion Soup

(adapted from How Sweet Eats)
1 red onion, sliced thinly
1 white onion, sliced thinly
1 yellow onion, sliced thinly
1 large shallot, diced thin
5 garlic cloves, minced
2 T of butter
4 T balsamic vinegar
1 T Agave (or brown sugar)
3 tablespoons flour
1 bottle of medium to dark beer
1.5 litres of stock (beef or veggie)
2 T fresh thyme (plus some extra for garnish)
Salt and Pepper to Taste
Bread (toasted, for the top of each bowl)
Cheese (pick your favorite, hard to semi-hard) Gruyere works best. For the top of each bowl.

1. Turn the crockpot to high. Add onions, garlic, sugar, butter and balsamic vinegar.
2. Cover, and let cook for at least one hour, stirring on occasion to brown the onions.
3. After one hour add the flour, beer, stock, thyme and salt and pepper. Reduce heat to low and cook for 6 – 8 hours.
4. Prior to serving, dish out soup portions into oven safe bowls. Cover each bowl with a piece of toasted bread, a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and a healthy pile of cheese.
5. If the soup was still hot, place the bowls under the broiler for 4 – 5 minutes, keeping as close eye. If the soup was cold, place in a 350 degree oven for15 minutes and then finish under the broiler until cheese melts.



  1. Looks delish, can’t wait to make it.

  2. This looks yummy I’m going to try it Friday night, I too prefer in front of the DVR 🙂

    • Thank you! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did! Great comfort food!

  3. Like the addition of the beer! (everything is better with a bit of booze right). Gives it a new layer of flavour I think.

    • I agree! (especially when I had a glass of wine with my beer infused soup!) =)

    • Thanks Peter! I will pop over and check it out! Happy Friday!

  4. Hey there, Lisa! Just discovered your blog from Food Gawker and I just HAD to leave a comment…this looks INCREDIBLE! I’ve never really felt the urge to make French onion soup until now! Amazing pictures…the melty cheese definitely takes it over the top! 🙂

    • Thanks so much Heather! I hope you enjoy it! Nothing beats ooey, gooey melty cheese if you ask me! =)

  5. How in the world do you find time to cook delicious food AND be hilariously witty AND write??? and post??? You may turn me back into a cook yet!!

    • What such kind words! I’m so glad you enjoyed the post!

  6. Num – drooling over this!

  7. My husband got me a slow cooker for the holidays, and I had yet to try it. I work full time and don’t have the time in the morning to do all the prep work…but this looks fabulous. The hubby is a major cheese guy, and loveloveloves French Onion soup…so this will be my first adventure with the slow cooker.

    • What a great gift from the hubby! Nothing beats throwing stuff in a pot and having your house smell delicious all day. You could do this soup overnight too if you were so inclined. I think waking up to the smell of onions is a close second to coffee! 😉 Thanks for stopping by! Lisa.

  8. Are the T = teaspoon or tablespoon?

    • Hi Ronnie! They are tablespoons. Thanks I will make a note on the recipe. Cheers! Lisa.

      • Thank you!

  9. Is there any substitution for the beer? I wouldn’t mind it but the rest of my family is total free of alcohol and do not want to even hint at the flavor or smell of the beer in the house. It sounds wonderful and I have been searching for a good crock pot recipe for the French Onion Soup..
    Thanks in advance

    • Hi Marianne! I think that are a few options that would work well. Ginger Ale is nice but it may had some extra sweetness you could balance back out with apple cider vinegar or some extra Worcesterchire. Chinotto is an Italian soda with a strong flavour and less sweet than cola or root beer. It is all natural flavouring but is strong so take a sip before you sub it. THe other option would be to switch to a heavier broth like a mushroom broth and maybe kick of the spices like fennel, cumin or sage. While not necessarily the same flavour an ale brings, it would give it a bit more depth and pop than a standard mild onion soup. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  10. Please email this recipe so I can print it. No way to print it from this page. The Crockpot French Onion soup with cheese, bread onions, beer.
    Thank you.

    • Hi Barb. Thank you for your request. I have emailed you the recipe. I hope you enjoy the soup! Lisa.

  11. I, too, would like to print this – it sounds wonderful. Would

    you please email the recipe for the crock pot French onion

    soup to me as well?

    Many thanks.

    • Absolutely & done! Thank you so much for giving it a try. Lisa.

  12. Please email me Your Crockpot French Onion soup too.
    the Crockpot is great and My family loves onions and cheese.
    Thank You

  13. for those who are having trouble printing, I always just cut and paste recipes into word – hubby and I love French Onion Soup and will be trying this soon. We have friends coming to visit at the end of the month and it will be perfect.

  14. I would like it if you used a larger font size and darker ink in printing the reciipes.

    It is hard to read the copies that i print out.


    • Thanks for the feedback Chuck. I will take a look at that. Cheers! Lisa

  15. P;ease e-mail me the recipe also. just found this by accident, looks wonderful. French onion was my moms favorite & is now mine & my sisters too. How can you go wrong with the cheese! I do in-home day care & use a slow cooker often. Thank you! Sue

    • Hi Sue! I love that you stumbled upon the site. I will send you the recipe! Lisa.

  16. Please email the recipe for the crock pot French Onion Soup to me. Having a Super Bowl party and that will be perfect. Thanks

  17. This looks delish,could you please email the recipe also? Thanks

    • On its way! Enjoy!

  18. Could you please email this recipe to me? Thank you! It sounds wonderful!

  19. can’t wait to try this recipe. I have 3 times a week, and will try it very soon. I hope I can print it.

  20. I hope I can print this recipe. Because I’m gonna try it.

    • I hope you enjoy it! Let me know if you have any troubles printing it. You can copy and paste just the recipe into an email and that should work. Enjoy!

  21. I have a complicated recipe that takes much of the day to make and has white wine in it and it must sit in the fridge overnight. I must try this simple recipr – it looks great!

    • Wow! That is a long time. My vote is try this one but add your wine….to a glass for you to sip while this slow cooks. 😉

  22. How do I just print the recipe and not all the other stuff?

    • Hi Joyce. I am happy to email it to you but if you like, you can just highlight the text of the recipe and select “Print selection” from your computer, or paste it into a blank email or document and print from there. I hope you enjoy the soup!

  23. Wonderful recipe. Just found your page and am going to save it to Favorites so I can check out more of your recipes! I got a new slow cooker (the kind that you can brown right in so you save all the good stuff) for Xmas and am going to try this soup. I see people can’t print your recipe from this page; is it because they don’t know how to highlight the text and then print just the selection? You might want to show/tell them how – you must get hundreds of requests for emails of your recipes!

    • Thanks Sue! I would love to get a slow cooker you can brown in – I am all for one less pot to wash! Let me know if you like yours. Yes, I think I need to install a “print it” option on my site. I always just highlight and print text but it may not be intuitive to others I guess. I hope you like the soup – it warms our tummies on a regular basis around here! Thanks for stopping by!

  24. Please send recipe for onion soup…

    • On its way! Thanks!

  25. I would love for you to send me a copy of this recipe for the onion soup. Thanks.

  26. Looks wonderful and I am sure smells even better! We will give this a go soon now that the cold weather is upon us! Wish you had an easy share link to send directly to the tablets cookbook I have

  27. OOOhhh my Greatness, I have just stumbled on your blog, (Supper happy) and this just looks soooo amazing. Can I have a bowl for Breakfast please. I Have been pondering the thought of a French onion soup and this is just the motivation I need. The chill is starting to kick in down here in South Africa so this would be perfect for the weekend.
    Thank you so much, Flee


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