The Erin, Julie & Julia Project

It was a lazy Sunday afternoon, a little rainy and me, a little hungover. I turned on the TV and sat back, hoping to find some cheesy Sunday afternoon movie to just chill out and hang out to. Well I found it, I found the perfect movie to settle into the couch with, Julie&Julia. As I watched the amazing french food being made, eaten and talked about I couldn’t help but be inspired by Julia Child and I decided I HAD to make homemade french onion soup!

Bon Appetit!

Soupe A L’Oignon – from Mastering the Art of French Cooking

The onions for an onion soup need a long, slow cooking in butter and oil, then a long, slow simmering in stock for them to develop the deep, rich flavor which characterized a perfect brew.

For 6 – 8 servings

1 1/2 lbs. or about 5 cups of thinly sliced yellow onions

3 tbs butter

1 tbs oil

A heavy-bottomed, 4 quart covered saucepan

Cook Onions slowly with the butter and oil in the covered saucepan for 15 mins.

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp sugar

Uncover, raise heat to moderate, and stir in the salt and sugar. Cook for 30 to 40 minutes stirring frequently, until the onions have turned an even, deep, golden brown.

3 tbs flour

Sprinkle in the flour and stir for 3 minutes.


2 quarts boiling brown stock, canned beef bouillon, or 1 quart of boiling water and 1 quart of stock or bouillon

1/2 cup dry wine wine or dry white vermouth

Salt and peper to taste

Off heat, blend in the boiling liquid. Add the wine, and season to taste. Simmer partially covered for 30 to 40 minutes or more, skimming occasionally. Correct seasoning.

** Set aside uncovered until ready to serve. Then reheat to the simmer.

3 tbs cognac

Rounds of hard-toasted French Bread (I tossed my toast in olive oil and then rubbed each one with a clove of garlic right when I took them out of the oven)

1 to 2 cups of grated Swiss cheese

Just before serving, stir in the cognac. Pour into a oven safe soup bowl, top with the rounds of bread (I spread a thin layer of Dijon mustard on each toast) top with cheese and put under the broiler until melted and crispy.

It was deelish!! The wine is this recipe added a different taste than I’m used to in a French Onion Soup and I loved it! Enjoy.



  1. Corinne
    October 6, 2011

    Soooooo impressed!! That movie always inspires me and whenever I see the hunks of butter in the frying pans or that Boeuf Bourguignon my mouth waters!! When I was in Paris last May my friend ordered Boeuf Bourguignon and it was amaaaaazing. I really want to try making this onion soup now but I’m scared I’ll screw it up, you have so much experience mastering recipes…judging from the pictures you got this one dead on. Maybe I’ll work up the guts one day lol
    Awesome job!

    • Erin
      October 11, 2011

      Cor — thanks so much for the comment. You will be able to do it!! It is actually a very easy recipe.. it just takes some time. We can even do it together! xox

  2. Suzie the Foodie
    October 7, 2011

    Wonderful! Oh how I love that movie! I have lost count of how many times I have watched it and bravo for making the French onion soup. You made Julia proud, I am sure of it.

    • Erin
      October 11, 2011

      Awe – thanks.. what a lovely comment. That movie is so great and what a perfect fall evening to make that soup.. it was soo good!!!!! Seriously try it with the wine next time… and the dijon on the bread made it! x

  3. Samantha
    October 9, 2011

    Oh Erin this looks delicious! We made a french onion soup last week too but never thought about adding the wine. I’m gonna have to make it all over again now!

    • Erin
      October 11, 2011

      Im so happy you read it and enjoyed.. yah the wine was different and deelish! I loved your week of wine and yumminess.. what a fun idea!! x


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