French Onion Soup + Olives N Wine Turns 1!

You guys, I am so excited for today’s post. A bunch of bloggers have teamed up to throw a virtual surprise party for Becky at Olives n Wine to celebrate her one year blogiversary!!

Seeing how Becky is Miss Popular {she’s really just that loveable}, there are nearly thirty bloggers participating and each of us have made one of her delicious recipes to share with you.

French Onion Soup

I saw this recipe on Becky’s blog waaaaaay back in the day and have wanted to make it ever since. Then when the idea came up to throw a virtual party for her, I couldn’t decide between this and her Greek Spaghetti Squash but obviously, the soup won.

French Onion Soup

Caramelized onions with savory broth, melted parmesan and French bread? Comfort in a bowl, my friends.

French Onion Soup

No, I did not put that whole glob of cheese in my mouth. Only half of it, thank you very much.

Her recipe turned out to be ridiculously easy and perfect for the cool {cough, sixty degree weather, cough} we’ve been having here in California.

French Onion Soup + Olives N Wine Turns 1!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: 4


3 onions, thinly sliced

1/2 butter (I used Earth Balance)

3 cups vegetable broth

1 bay leaf

1 tablespoon dried thyme

2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

4 slices of French bread

1 cup parmesan cheese, shredded


  1. Start by warning 1/4 cup of butter in a large skillet over medium heat. After the butter has melted, add the onions and cook until light golden brown and soft, about 40 minutes.
  2. Then add the broth, white wine vinegar, bay leaf, and remaining butter and stir to combine. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and allow to cook for at least 15 minutes.
  3. Set the broiler to high and divide the broth into four small bowls. Place a piece of French bread in each bowl and cover each with 1/4 cup parmesan then cook under the broiler for 3-5 minutes, until the cheese is bubble and slightly browned.
  4. Serve and enjoy!


Recipe from Olives n Wine

French Onion Soup

Be sure to check out some of Becky’s delicious recipes on the other blogs today:

Phew, my eyes started to cross while I was making that list. That’s a lot of bloggers.

I can’t wait until she sees all of her surprise recipe posts!! Becky, are you crying tears of joy yet?! ;)

Happy One Year to Olives n Wine!!


Do you like French Onion Soup?

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  • Liz @ I Heart Vegetables November 13, 2013, 4:42 am

    Wow that soup looks amazing! YUM! I feel like most French Onion Soups are made with beef, so I can never enjoy them :( But this vegetarian recipe looks delish!

  • Davida @ The Healthy Maven November 13, 2013, 4:44 am

    First of all, that soup looks AMAZING. Second of all I’m impressed you put together that list. I was too busy eating cookies. Time to start planning the next virtual potluck for YOU. Yes, I’m kind of obsessed with you!
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  • Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies November 13, 2013, 4:53 am

    You know, I’ve never tried french onion soup! It always smells so delicious in restaurants, but beef broth keeps me away. I definitely have to try making this at home!
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  • Christine @ Gotta Eat Green November 13, 2013, 5:39 am

    This soup looks amazing! I would have been all over this one too. I am so sad I didn’t get to take part in this potluck.. maybe next time!
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  • Heather @fitncookies November 13, 2013, 5:44 am

    This looks so delicious!! Glad you were apart of the party too :)
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  • Jana @ Happy Wife Healthy Life November 13, 2013, 5:54 am

    Oh wow, this looks amazing! Wish I would have known about the link-up.. I would have definitely participated! Love that you girls surprised Becky like this! :)

  • Dana November 13, 2013, 5:58 am

    I LOVE me some french onion soup. Delicious!!! This looks so yummy. I was so glad to be a part of this sweet surprise for Becky! :)
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  • Heather Murphy November 13, 2013, 6:01 am

    That looks so delicious and such a comfort dish! Becky never disappoints in the recipe department!

  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles November 13, 2013, 6:27 am

    Super impressed that you put that list together! I was feeling much too lazy for that ;-)
    And I adore French onion soup! It’s been a million years since I’ve had it though…I’ll have to get on that. How can you not love something dripping with cheese?
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  • Melanie @ BeautifullyNutty November 13, 2013, 6:28 am

    Gahhh my favorite soup! You make it look so darn pretty too!

  • Jackie November 13, 2013, 6:28 am

    Holy yum!!!!
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  • Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat November 13, 2013, 6:28 am

    I’m super excited to be going this virtual surprise party for Becky! :-) The soup turned out SO amazing! This may be hard to believe, but I don’t think I’ve ever had French onion soup before. I know…crazy, right!?! I really need to make it!
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  • Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite November 13, 2013, 7:00 am

    This looks so delicious! I love this virtual surprise party so much! I wish we could have recorded Becky’s reaction when she realized it this morning :)
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  • Sarah @ Sweet Miles November 13, 2013, 7:36 am

    Wow that looks DELICIOUS. I was just thinking I might grab some soup for lunch today and I’m wishing I could whip that up on my lunch break!! My stomach is growling as we speak!
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  • Becky @ Olives n Wine November 13, 2013, 7:56 am

    To answer you question, yes! I have tears in my eyes at this moment… You all are too sweet for participating in this surprise party and I’m still in shock. Thank you so much for your kind words and I promise that the next time we meet, I’ll be in better shape so we can actually get to know each other ;)
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  • Amanda @ .running with spoons. November 13, 2013, 8:01 am

    I can’t even handle how good this soup looks right now. I really do need to get better at making more blogger recipes because the mug cookie I made turned out to be a real winner. Gotta love Becky <3 <3
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  • Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) November 13, 2013, 8:18 am

    I love French Onion Soup! This looks delicious! Beautiful pictures!
    Holy cow, she really is Miss Popular!
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  • Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run November 13, 2013, 8:21 am

    What a sweet idea! I have never seen such a thing in the blog world until now. Great “gift”!

  • MoonLight @ AWorldInMyOven November 13, 2013, 8:23 am

    This was such a lovely idea! It makes me really happy to know people do this kind of thing ;) On a side note – that soup looks delicious! I lost my recipe for french union soup quite a while back and haven’t made it since, so this is a perfect reminder.. thanks Sarah (and Becky)!
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  • Ashlee@HisnHers November 13, 2013, 8:26 am

    If I would’ve known this was vegetarian I SO would’ve made it!! French Onion is usually beef based so I didn’t even think twice. It looks delicious. And your photography just keeps getting better and better!
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  • Alexis @ Hummusapien November 13, 2013, 8:42 am

    I die for a hearty bowl of french onion soup. I haven’t had it in waaaaay too long. Yum-o!

  • Tara November 13, 2013, 9:25 am

    I’m just going to say quietly that I have never had French Onion Soup, but this looks SO good!! And only 8 ingredients?! My my. The only thing I would have to buy is a solid piece of bread, but other than that I am good to go!
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  • Katie @ Blonde Ambition November 13, 2013, 9:59 am

    When I saw that you had signed up for French Onion Soup, I was super excited because I knew you would do it justice and take beautiful pictures! I was right! Thanks for linking up, Sarah! <3

    P.S. I'm seriously craving soup too, but it's supposed to be in 79 here today… what the what?!
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  • Rachel @ Bakerita November 13, 2013, 10:43 am

    That gooey cheese on top…omg! Yum. This looks amazing. I’ve never made french onion soup, but now I’m dying to.
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  • Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} November 13, 2013, 10:46 am

    This looks amazing. I seriously had no idea French onion soup was so easy to make! Your pictures are lovely as always. So glad we could pull off the surprise party, yay!
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  • Ashley November 13, 2013, 12:35 pm

    Ooo I love french onion soup! It definitely is so warm and comforting this time of the year with the cooler weather! Love that shot with the spoonful / cheese – looks so good!
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  • Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl November 13, 2013, 1:54 pm

    Yet another one that I am going to have to try! I love that this contains so few ingredients AND is vegetarian! It can be so difficult to find French onion soup recipes that don’t focus on using beef broth.
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  • Consuelo @ Honey & Figs November 13, 2013, 2:17 pm

    What an awesome surprise for Becky! I’m loving all those recipes, and particulary this soup, which looks amazing! That cheesy topping looks too good to be true!
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  • Jan @ Sprouts n Squats November 13, 2013, 3:18 pm

    I’m so happy we could all join in and help Becky celebrate, looking at that list is just amazing and shows us what an amazing person Becky is that so many people wanted to get involved :)

    Her french onion soup especially with the bread and cheese looks amazing!
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  • Elise @ November 13, 2013, 3:55 pm

    WOW that cheese picture looks amazing, I would’ve probably put that whole thing in my mouth lol
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  • Erin @ The Almond Eater November 13, 2013, 5:54 pm

    Sixty degree weather, eh? Sounds pretty rough…… ;) This soup looks amazing!! French onion is a classic and I’ve recently been loving homemade soup so I should probably give this one a try.
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  • Maria @ Little Miss Cornucopia November 13, 2013, 7:03 pm

    I remember my old roommate (a French gal originally from Quebec City) used to make French Onion Soup. I thought it was one of the nastiest looking things ever but I was a little younger and not so wise.

    I love making soups..and this one looks like a winner! I had no idea that it was this simple!

    thanks for sharing and for doing this for Becky! soooo sweet!

  • Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ November 14, 2013, 3:16 am

    How cold can be in California? It’s pretty chilly here in London. I’m so lazy today that I can only dream about this soup and of a lovely blessed soul willing to make it for me…

  • Sara @ Fit.Fun.Femme November 14, 2013, 12:47 pm

    This is so so sweet – hope her birthday was WONDERFUL! True story, Ben LOVES french onion soup. I’ve tried to make it before and it was a total fail so I’m super happy to see this recipe.

  • Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness November 14, 2013, 8:08 pm

    What an awesome idea this “virtual” party is!! I loveee French onion soup!

  • Elyse @ Lizzie Fit November 20, 2013, 5:14 pm

    French onion soup is my boyfriends all time favourite. I don’t know if I actually ever tried it but I always said I didn’t like it… ?
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