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rich and delicious crock pot french onion soup

Recipe by
Julie Bailey
Durham, NC

This recipe is so easy it practically makes itself! It is a rich, hearty, beefy flavor and if you prefer something a little less rich in flavor and less fat (more light), reduce the beef broth to a 50/50 broth and water mixture and reduce the butter to half a stick. My family loves the heartiness of this recipe. It's a great stand-alone meal with a couple of slices of pumpernickel or French bread - or - serve it as an accompaniment to a nice steak dinner. As always, adjust the spices to your own taste. I hope you like it!

yield 8 serving(s)
prep time 15 Min
cook time 6 Hr
method Slow Cooker Crock Pot

Ingredients For rich and delicious crock pot french onion soup

  • 4-5 c
    vidalia (sweet) onions, chopped (about 3-4 jumbo size onions)
  • 1 stick
    butter, unsalted
  • 1-2 tsp
    garlic, minced (adjust to taste)
  • 32 oz
    beef broth (can substitute for vegetable broth for vegetarian version)
  • 2 Tbsp
    Worcestershire (omit if making vegetarian style)
  • 1-1/2 c
    hot water
  • 2 tsp
    concentrated beef bouillon (omit if making vegetarian)
  • 3-4 Tbsp
    dry sherry (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 slice
    provolone cheese (or other white cheese, e.g., mozzarella, jarlsburg, swiss)
  • 8 slice
    crusty bread, lightly toasted (we like pumpernickel or a baguette)

How To Make rich and delicious crock pot french onion soup

  • 1
    Heat crock pot to high temperature setting. Add butter, chopped onions and cover. Cook on high for 2 hours or until onions are translucent, stirring occasionally.
  • Ingredients in the slow cooker
    Add garlic, beef broth, salt/pepper and Worcestershire. Allow to cook 2 more hours on high. Add hot water and concentrated beef bouillon. Turn heat setting to low for 1 to 2 hours. About 15 minutes before serving, add dry sherry (optional). Turn off heat.
  • melting the cheese in individual soup mugs under the oven broiler
    Lightly toast bread. Pour soup into serving dishes. Place toasted bread on top of soup, followed by sliced cheese. Set under oven broiler for a few minutes until cheese bubbles to your desire. Serve hot.
  • 4
    NOTE: If you’re planning to make the crock pot soup while away from the house and unable to stop at the 2 hour increment to add ingredients, first cook the onions in the butter (or butter/oil) using a stovetop pot or pan until translucent (about 6 to 8 minutes). Place cooked onions and all other ingredients except dry sherry into the crock pot. Cook on low-heat for 6 to 8 hours. Follow instructions for adding the dry sherry (optional), the toast and cheese as directed above at the end of cooking time.