Stout Onion Soup: An Irish Take on a French Classic

There’s no denying that French onion soup is one of the best soups ever. The simple, rustic elegance of this soup is enticing to the senses and comforting to the soul. While you can’t ever beat the classic, you can always put your own spin to it. In this case, what’s to stop you from replacing the French elegance of this dish with Irish earthiness? Enter this recipe for stout onion soup.

Essentially, there’s not a lot of difference between these two versions of onion soup. It’s just that one calls for red wine in the broth, while the other Irish stout. They can’t really compare because they’re both so good. So if you love French onion soup, you may find yourself smacking your lips in glee with this heartwarming Irish version.

There’s really not a lot of difference between stout onion soup and the French version that inspired it, aside from the fact that one uses Irish stout while the other red wine. Both soups are rich, delicious, and have a rustic appeal. Both will warm you up and give you comfort on a cool evening. This lovely recipe for stout onion soup is from Gina of Running to the Kitchen.


3 tablespoons butter, divided
4 large sweet yellow onions, sliced
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
3 1/2 cups beef broth, divided
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup gluten free all-purpose flour
20 ounces gluten free Irish stout (I used Steadfast oatmeal cream stout)
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons stone ground mustard
2 bay leaves
salt and pepper to taste

For the topping:
4 slices Udi’s rye bread, cut into cubes
1 tablespoon butter
leaves from 2 sprigs of thyme
3/4 cup grated white Irish cheddar

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