This Alcohol Free French Onion Soup gives you the sweet taste of onions, and the right blend of broth. Easy to make with ingredients you already have in your pantry.

Onion Soup in Bread Bowl

Course Soup
Cuisine French
Servings 4 people


  • 7 Large Onions cut into thin slices
  • 100 grams salted butter
  • 1.5 Liters Beef Broth
  • 1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 TSP Thyme or add two thyme sprigs
  • 1/2 TSP Salt
  • 4 Provolone Cheese Slices

To Serve

  • 4 French Loaves If serving in a bread bowl
  • Baguette Bread If serving in regular bowl
  • Rosemary for Garnish


  • Peel your onions and preferably using a mandoline cut them all thin
  • In a sauce pan, add butter, and cook onions until soft, and slightly brown. For deeper flavor you can allow them to caramelize. This is a matter of preference.
  • Add beef broth, balsamic, vinegar, and thyme.
  • Season with a pinch of salt.
  • Allow to simmer for 30 minutes.
  • If serving in a bread bowl, cut off the top of the bread and empty the insides. Drizzle olive oil on the inside and bake for 5 minutes.
  • Add two ladles worth of soup per piece of bread and top with a slice of the cut off bread and a slice of provolone cheese.
  • Bake until cheese melts, and garnish with rosemary.
  • Serve.



Traditional Way of Making this Soup Cut off the top of a French Loaf, and empty the insides. Brush with olive oil and bake for 5 minutes. Then add soup, top with a slice of bread and a slice of provolone cheese. Place in oven until cheese bubbles.
The Untraditional way of making this Soup Dip slices of bread in butter and garlic. Top with Provolone cheese and bake until cheese melts.
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