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beer-onion-soup-slider-linkPrep Time: 15 mins  Cook Time: 55 mins  Total Time: 1hr 10 mins
Makes: 6 servings

Beer & Onion Soup-onions

A mix of onions and shallot adds a rich, complex flavour to this soup. Yellow and red onions retain their pungency, some of their sweetness, and more importantly, don’t cook away. The addition of a few shallots with their slight garlic undertones adds yet another layer of flavour.


  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 5 yellow onion onions, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 4 red onions, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 5 shallots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 12 fl oz. beer – pale or dark ale, or stout
  • 1 quart beef stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Crusty Baguette or French Bread loaf, 6 slices, toasted
  • 3 cups shredded Gruyère cheese

BEER MATTERS: If you want a full-bodied beer flavour, choose a dark ale or stout (Guinness). For a more subtle, sweet and fruity beer flavour, choose a pale ale.

Beer & Onion Soup-slice

Don’t Cry!
Tips for cutting an onion with fewer tears
• Chill the onion 15 to 20 minutes before cutting.
• Use a sharp knife.
• Cut onion under a vent or stove hood.
• Wear goggles. You may look silly but it works!



  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add onions and stir until they just start to turn golden, about 10 minutes. Add shallots and cook another 5 minutes, or until caramelized.
  2. Stir in the garlic and cook 1 minute. Add beer, beef stock and seasonings – mustard, thyme, black pepper and bay leaf. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, cover and simmer 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  4. Remove bay leaf from soup. Ladle soup into a large casserole or 6 individual ovenproof bowls, leaving about 1 inch of room at the top of the dish. Float slices of toasted bread in the soup and top with grated Gruyère cheese.
  5. Bake in preheated oven 10 minutes, until cheese is lightly browned and bubbly.

TIP: Onion soup has a tendency to boil over the dish while in the oven. Placing bowls on a baking sheet or a layer of aluminum foil helps catch any messy drips.