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Creamy French Onion Soup Recipe

Creamy French Onion Soup. The marriage of two wonderful creations: Cream of Onion Soup and our favorite Easy French Onion Soup Recipe.

Easy French Onion Soup

I have two early memories of soup from my childhood.

The first is of my mother picking me up from a preschool that looked like a little covered wagon on top of a hill. She would bring me home and make tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. I remember the giddy anticipation and restlessness I felt, waiting the 15 minutes it took to prepare.

My second soup memory, was the first time I tasted a French Onion Soup Recipe.

Easy French Onion Soup with Cheese Pillows


When I was small, my parents took me to fund raiser called Souper Sunday. Area restaurants would provide cauldrons of their best soups and people would come to sip and take part in a silent auction.

I remember looking up at a man in a tall funny white hat as he handed me a bowl of dark broth, half-covered with bread and cheese. As I dipped into my cup, scooping up bits of onion, bread saturated with rich beef stock, and cheese, I suddenly felt like I was being let in on a marvelous secret. The complexity of the winey stock, along with the slippery slivers of onion and salty beef essence, had me at first taste.

This would forever be my favorite soup.

Easy French Onion Soup Recipe with Cheese Pillows

This week, I wanted to prepared a smooth creamy version of my favorite French Onion Soup Recipe. This amalgamation of Cream of Onion Soup and my Easy French Onion Soup Recipe is a lovely diversion from the original.

With the silky texture of Cream of Onion Soup and and deep complexity of a good French Onion Soup Recipe, this creamy variety is giving my beloved favorite a run for the money.

Because of the thickness of the soup, I decided it would benefit from a light crispy topping, instead of the traditional over-sized crouton. Here we have puff pastry “Cheese Pillows” to float on each cup. This soup is oh so delightful, and is sure to be a new favorite in your house!

Easy French Onion Soup Recipe


Because this French Onion Soup Recipe is pureed, don’t worry about perfect slices of onion, just chop them roughly.

You can use beef stock if you like, but I find using Beef Base allows me to create a stronger beef flavor. Beef Base is highly concentrated beef stock.

No immersion blender? You can also use a stand blender, but be careful. Work in small batches, and place a towel over the OPEN vent in the lid. That way the steam can escape, but you don’t get sprayed with hot soup.

French Onion Soup Recipe

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Creamy French Onion Soup with Cheese Pillows


  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 3 pounds onions, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 large Russet potato, peeled and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon Beef Base Paste
  • 2 cups dry white wine
  • 1 Bouquet Garni (small fresh herb bouquet with thyme and a bay leaf)
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3-1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1-2 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 cup shredded Fontina cheese


  1. In a large saucepan, add the butter and saute the onions, potato and garlic over medium heat, until soft and brown, NOT burned. This may take 30+ minutes; add 1 tablespoon of honey about 15 minutes in, to help caramelize. Lower the heat if needed.
  2. De-glaze the pan with 2 cups wine. Then add the water, beef base, and bouquet garni.
  3. Simmer another 15 minutes, then remove the bouquet garni and puree with an immersion blender.
  4. Stir in the balsamic vinegar and cream. Then salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Use a cookie cutter of glass to cut out 8+ circles the size of your serving cups.
  7. Sprinkle with Fontina cheese and bake for 15 minutes, until lightly golden and fluffy.
  8. Serve the soup with a cheese pillow on top of each cup.

Making this recipe? Why not take a quick shot and share it on Instagram! Make sure to tag it #ASpicyPerspective so we can see what you're cooking!

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35 Responses to “Creamy French Onion Soup Recipe”

  1. Belinda @zomppaposted February 24, 2012 at 5:28 am

    That’s one happy marriage and one happy memory!


  2. Dmarieposted February 24, 2012 at 5:43 am

    despite the fact that I love the stuff, I’ve never made French Onion Soup. too lazy! reading your recipe however sure makes me think I’ve been wary for no good reason. thanks for sharing your memories and your recipes, Spicy!


  3. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugarposted February 24, 2012 at 6:07 am

    I love those cheese pillows! Awesome!


  4. Jessica @ How Sweetposted February 24, 2012 at 7:02 am

    This soup is incredible! And I absolutely love those bowls.


  5. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted February 24, 2012 at 7:21 am

    It’s so rare that I get to enjoy onion soup because it tends to be meat based… that’s not an issue, it sure does taste better when it has that rich broth. But it just means that I don’t get to have it as often as I’d like.

    It does look marvelous, though… and thank you for sharing your memories with us!


  6. Gina @ Running to the Kitchenposted February 24, 2012 at 8:29 am

    This is one amazing looking french onion soup from those rustic bowls to the cheese puffs! I’ve always wanted to make french onion soup at home and yet never have.


  7. Cassieposted February 24, 2012 at 8:32 am

    I’m such a fan of onion soup and this sounds so unique. I love it!


  8. Roxana GreenGirl { A little bit of everything}posted February 24, 2012 at 8:49 am

    a bowl of this delicious soup would have a special memory for me as well. And the cheese pillows. mm


  9. the wicked noodleposted February 24, 2012 at 9:10 am

    I never used to make pureed soups before I was given an immersion blender. Makes life so much easier! Now I use it all the time. I love that you did a creamy version of onion soup!


  10. Heleneposted February 24, 2012 at 10:11 am

    So different, looks yum!


  11. naomiposted February 24, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    AWESOMENESS in a bowl. I love that 3rd photograph.


  12. Bev Weidnerposted February 24, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Oh dear Lord, FEED MY FACE.


  13. Katie@Cozydeliciousposted February 24, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    This soup looks great. I especially love the pillows! Normal croutons get so soggy, but these are light and airy and just sit right on top of the soup cup – awesome!


  14. Ambikaposted February 24, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    LOVE everything about this soup! My experience was somewhat similar to yours. When I took the first sip of french onion soup, I KNEW this would be my favorite soup, FOREVER!! And it still is. Love the puffy pillows on top of your soup, perfect for the creamy soup. How did you make the cheese pillows?


  15. DessertForTwoposted February 24, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    You’re a GENIUS! Love!!!


  16. sandyposted February 24, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Where can I buy the bowls PLEASE


  17. Cookin' Canuckposted February 24, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    I loved reading your childhood memories! Funnily enough, I have very distinct memories about the first time I ate French Onion Soup, too. My best friend & I were sharing a hotel room on a high school music trip and we ordered French Onion Soup from room service. I was hooked! The puff pastry crouton on this soup is brilliant!


  18. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchenposted February 24, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    My mom’s favorite soup! I’ll have to make your version for her.


  19. Lizposted February 24, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    What a marvelous soup!!! The puffed crouton is brilliant! I also love your sweet childhood memories…


  20. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppersposted February 24, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Looks delish! Love the photo’s!!


  21. Kiran @ KiranTarun.composted February 24, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Love french onion soup, and this recipe is begging for me to recreate it soon!! Ah, that bowls are so pretty :)


  22. vianneyposted February 25, 2012 at 1:23 am

    Oh I can never have enough onion soup. one of my fav, love the pillows!


  23. Lanaposted February 25, 2012 at 2:03 am

    I grew up eating soup as an appetizer for almost every meal in Serbia, but the first time I tasted French Onion Soup in the U.S. I was hooked. I made it for my dad when he visited, and now it’s his favorite soup too! So humble, so easy, and so packed with flavor, it’s the epitome of comfort for me.
    I love the creamy version and puff pastry cheese puff on top:) And your rustic dishes are lovely:) Have a great weekend!


  24. France @ Beyond the Peelposted February 27, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    What a nice variation. I’ve been craving French Onion Soup lately, and this would be fun change. Thanks


  25. Ilkeposted February 27, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    I was wondering what kind of onion soup , first I would have thought it was hot chocolate if I had not seen the name! Perfectly pureed! :)
    Love the cheese puffs!!


  26. Jen at The Three Little Pigletsposted February 27, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Thanks so much for stopping by with your well wishes the other day. You kindness and prayers mean a lot to me!


  27. Soniaposted February 27, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Hi THere,
    The bowls are gorgeous and i guess the soup with those beautiful cheese pillows is just out of the world ! Cheers !


  28. Anitaposted March 5, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    This is lovely and looks so professional!


  29. Joyposted November 25, 2012 at 11:22 am

    I love how you did the cheese. That is so clever.


  30. Jett2Whit Productionsposted November 26, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Oh wow – this looks so delicious! Thanks for sharing :-)


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