French Onion Beef Soup

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Note: Get a jump-start on this scrumptious soup by cooking the beef and broth overnight in a slow cooker. Add the vegetables in the morning, and it’ll be ready by lunchtime. You can also make this soup on the stovetop; just reduce the initial cooking time to 3 to 4 hours at a simmer, and the second cooking time to 1 hour. Yields 6 servings.


  • 1 pound beef chuck steak or roast, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 8 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 3 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, or
  • 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 baguette or French bread loaf
  • Olive oil, as needed
  • Swiss cheese, as needed


  1. In a slow cooker, cook chuck steak and beef broth on low for 8 to 10 hours.
  2. Remove meat from the slow cooker and shred it into small pieces with a fork.
  3. Return meat to slow cooker, and add carrots, onions, parsley, and Worcestershire sauce. Cook on low for 2 to 3 hours. Salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Slice bread into 1-inch-thick slices. Brush both sides of each slice with olive oil, and broil in the oven until golden brown; watch carefully so the bread doesn’t burn.
  5. Place soup in single-serving ovenproof bowls and top each with 2 to 3 toasted baguette pieces and Swiss cheese. Broil in the oven until cheese is melted, usually just a few seconds.

For more Seasonal Soup Recipes, check out Winter Soups to Warm You Up.

Valerie Boese is a fourth-generation chicken keeper, and the owner of TarBox Hollow Poultry.