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22 comments to “French (Red) Onion Soup”

  1. an improvement on a classic? quite possibly! looks fabulous!



  2. Wow, this really looks delicious! My mom’s recipe is fairly similar, but I’m digging the addition of star anise!

  3. Oh this looks wonderful! I love onion soup- I’ll have to try this version next time!

  4. It’s cold and rainy in southern california, and I’m going to make this for dinner tonight. I love that you use chicken stock instead of beef–thank you!

  5. Yum! Used to live in NL and when ever I’d go to Amsterdam, I always would go have french onion soup at this little resturant on the Museum Plein, across from the Van Gogh museum. It was the absolute best ever! I’ve never made onion soup, now I just might have to! Looks GOOD!

  6. Deep down inside we have a preference for red onions. It’s just one of those things. Love that you changed up the recipe and used red instead!

  7. I loved that issue of Gourmet – especially the part about the French cheese! We have been enjoying star anise a lot lately so I am interested to give this recipe a try. Do you know of any efforts to repeal the tariff? I am already incensed over the restriction of raw milk cheese imports and hearing this really makes me angry.

  8. Yes, I have read that meetings are taking place to discuss the issue and it seems as though the French are optimistic that Obama might overturn some of these rulings. We’ll see…

  9. I hadn’t heard about this cheese situation we’ve got on our hands. It seems crazy to me. Anyways, the soup looks delicious. I love a nice French onion. The flavors are so deep and complex, and it’s a breeze to make.

  10. this looks so awesome! can’t wait to try it!!

  11. YES! Another recipe to use star anise. I bet the sharpness of the red onion with the sweetness of the anise is divine!

  12. I love star anise, and I love french onion soup, but I never would have thought to combine the two. Very inspired… I’m excited to try it.

  13. I have never used star anise before, I looked it up on wikipedia, but it shows a picture of seeds inside the star pods. Just throw the whole thing in there or just the seeds? Do you actually include it in the bowls then for the broiling part or is it just for flavoring the broth?

  14. Hi Jenny: You use the whole pod. The anise is used to flavor the broth and then is strained out and discarded when you add the broth to the onions. I hope that helps!

  15. Lovely post. That issue of Gourmet made me yearn to go to France. I have only been once (to Paris) for 3 days, when I was 18 and just tried to cram as much in as I could.

  16. What a gorgeous looking onion soup. My mouth just waters. Thank you for the recipe.

  17. Thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou! This is most amazing soup! I made it this weekend. I was not able to find star anise anywhere, so I used fennel instead as I figured the flavours are similar, and I used Gruyere cheese. Awesome does not even come close to describing how wonderful this is :)

  18. Natasha: Great! I am so glad you liked it. Fennel sounds like it would be delicious.

  19. Oh my God. Red onions, machego cheese and star anise?? This, I have to try. It sure ain’t your grandmother’s soup, that’s for sure.

  20. Finally made this yesterday. It is a great recipe and beautifully simple to make and was really appreciated by all of us at supper. In the absence of Manchego and Gruyère I used parmesan (I know sounds weird but it works if you butter the bread and sprinkle on lots of grated parmesan)
    I am English but I live in Rome and here I feel very aware of the muddle that surrounds the import and export of food. I know local producers who wouldn’t survive without export and the international market and others that are struggling and will probably fail because of it.
    It’s difficult. We have a responsibility to think about it.

  21. This soup was absolutely delicious. I used vegetable broth instead of chicken to much success. The anise is brilliant. THANK YOU!

  22. Kelli Ann says:

    June 22nd, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    This looks easy (!) & delicious. Last time I tried to make French onion soup, I was using a Martha recipe which involved roast oxtails for the broth. As with other MS recipies I have tried–the effort & time & weirdy ingredients = results not worth the energy. Not awesome. Will be giving this one a spin.

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