When the clocks go back and the nights start to draw in, it is always great to have a warm soup recipe at the back of your mind to cheer up those extra miserable dark and drizzly evenings. Ready to try out this instant pot french onion soup recipe, but not sure how to get started? Don’t worry, I have done all the hard work for you.
French onion soup is a recipe that has been passed down through the ages, an unbeatable family favorite that you can always turn to on dark wintry evenings or those days when you really just want to tuck into some comfort food.
You may already have a french onion soup recipe tucked up your sleeve that you are quite fond of, but are you ready to jazz things up a little? Are you looking for a french onion soup recipe with some extra pizazz? Well, look no further, it is right here waiting for you!
French onion soup cooked in an instant pot or slow cooker really gives a modern zing to a family classic meal. Try this French onion instant pot recipe this suppertime and you are guaranteed to have the whole family galloping to the dinner table with excitement.
The great thing about this recipe is that it is so easy to follow and doesn’t take long to make. You will have this french onion soup whipped together before the kids even think to complain about how hungry they are. Once you have given the recipe a go multiply your ingredients and invite the whole family over to taste your masterpiece!
Recipe and Instructions
There’s no need to flick through what seems to be a never-ending amount of soup recipes on the internet as the onion soup recipe below has been tried, tested and tweaked to perfection for you and your family.
- 3 tbsps of unsalted butter
- ¾ tsp of sea salt
- ½ tsp of black pepper
- 3 lbs of chopped yellow onions and ⅓ lb of shallots
- 2 cloves of fresh minced garlic
- 2 sprigs of thyme
- 1 bay leaf
- ½ a cup of dry red wine
- 4 cups of Kitchen Basics Beef Stock
- 4 x 235g (8.25 oz) cartons of Kitchen Basics Beef Bone Broth
- 8 to 12 slices of baguette
- 115g (4 oz) of freshly grated Gruyère cheese (alternatively you can use Swiss or Provolone cheese)
Once you have got all of your ingredients together you will be ready to start. Tie your apron on and turn up the volume on your “happy cooking” playlist. This instant pot french onion soup recipe is so simple you will be done with the preparations in a mere 10 minutes and the cooking will be finalized in 1 hour and 25 minutes. Talk about speedy! You’ll show those hungry bellies who’s boss!
- Open up your electric pressure cooker and pop the butter inside. Hit the “sauté” setting and wait for the butter to melt. Once your butter has melted add the chopped onions, minced garlic, thyme and the bay leaf to the cooker. Stir the ingredients well and cook them until the onions start to soften (about 5 minutes).
- Once the onions have begun to soften stir in 3 tablespoons of water. Put the lid on the pressure cooker and seal it and set it to cook on high pressure for 20 minutes.
- Following the manufacturer’s instructions, depressurize the cooker and remove the lid, turning it back to the “sauté” setting. Cook for 5 minutes and then add the ½ cup of dry red wine and simmer for 10 minutes or until most of the liquid has evaporated.
- Remove the thyme and bay leaf from the pressure cooker and discard.
- Pour the Kitchen Basics Beef Bone Broth and the Kitchen Basics Beef Stock into the pressure cooker, cook on a low heat setting until the soup starts to thicken. This should take about 10 minutes.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
Instructions for the baguette slices:
- Once the soup has finished cooking, preheat the grill and arrange baguette slices next to one other on a baking tray lined with a baking sheet. Evenly distribute the grated cheese of your choice over the slices.
- Grill until bubbly and golden brown (be careful not to burn the cheese).
- Serve the soup into bowls and then top them with the toasted baguette and cheese slices.
You may now be asking, “But what goes with French onion soup?” I think it is easier to answer, what doesn’t go with French onion soup? Let me provide you with some ideas to accompany this classic soup recipe with a twist.
If your guests will be arriving any minute and you are a little pushed for time, to say the least, why not try accompanying the soup with a bunch of your favorite mild greens, a red leaf lettuce salad or some sauteed kale and spinach.
What’s a soup without something to dip into it? You will be happy to know that this French onion soup recipe goes perfectly well with all the classics – try slicing up some garlic bread or cheesy garlic rolls, good old-fashioned cornbread or even some salt and pepper biscuits, all perfect for dipping in the bowl.
Have a little more time on your hands and looking for something to really knock the socks off of your guests? This french onion soup recipe will be perfect when accompanied by a side of pulled pork, creole chicken or a hot potato salad with spicy coleslaw. Get creative and they will fall in love again with this family classic! Also, for a great twist on this french onion soup recipe without wine simply substitute the wine for a tablespoon of worcestershire.