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Welcoming in the week before Christmas with this French Onion Potato Soup.

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I know I’m repeating myself here, but man, can you believe Christmas is just one week away? Personally, I’m praying for this next week to go very, very slowly so that there’s time to do all the fun holiday things I would still like to do.

Thankfully, I did finally get to take part in some fun Christmas activities this past weekend. I baked up a storm with Asher yesterday, and I even spent Saturday morning watching my younger brother, Red compete in the 2017 Dew Tour. I know most of you do not follow snowboarding so I won’t go into too much detail, but I am beyond words excited for this kid. He did great on Saturday with a 4th place finish, and on Sunday he won the jib section for Burton in the Dew Tour Team Challenge.

Let’s just say that the 2018 Winter Olympic’s are looking bright for him. So freaking proud.

On another note, watching your younger brother (and his friends…whom I have known for years, fed often, and often act as additional brothers) literally fly through the air is possibly the most nerve racking thing ever. Feeling extra thankful today that all are safe, sound, healthy, and happy.

And that right there pretty much sums up my weekend. A mix of snowboard watching, cookie making, and Christmas shopping. All and all, I would say it was pretty great weekend.

What did you guys do?

French Onion Potato Soup | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

French Onion Potato Soup | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

French Onion Potato Soup | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Alrighty, moving right along here, let’s chat soup.

As mentioned in Friday’s post, the rest of my family comes into town this week and once they arrive, the craziness will begin (I think there will be twenty plus people for Christmas this year…yes, my mom really loves a packed house). In prep for everyone getting here, I’m planning recipes like this cozy soup that’s great to serve after everyone comes in from the cold.

A while back I asked the family what type of eats they would like to see served up this Christmas and the one thing that was universally requested was soup. I do think that most of them probably meant a beef chili, but I went with something a little more carb filled and cheesy.

Because you know, I’m a creature of habit, love my carbs, and apparently am really having a moment with all things caramelized onion (see this beef tenderloin).

Plus, I know my cousins love anything involving onions too, so I figured this would make everyone excited.

French Onion Potato Soup | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

French Onion Potato Soup | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

The idea for this soup came about pretty simply. My dad found some really, really, really tiny baby potatoes and picked up a bunch of them for me because he thought I would like them. He does this often when he see unusual foods. Sometimes it works out…sometimes I end up giving the food to the goats (it’s always produce).

In the case of the tiny baby potatoes, it worked out. At first, I had no idea what to do with them, but then as I was making the Irish French Onion soup out of the Half Baked Harvest Cookbook, it occurred to me that potatoes in french onion soup would probably be pretty delicious.

So I stirred some in and as you can imagine…they were pretty delicious.

Buttery broth + potatoes + caramelized onions + cheesy bread. YESS.

This soup is warm, cozy, a little buttery, carby, oniony, cheesy, and really just all things delicious. The perfect soup for this week before Christmas when you want to be cozied up on the couch watching holiday movies…

That’s my plans, for real, or well, you know after I finish up all of the end of year work. So that’s my plan for Saturday…almost there!!

French Onion Potato Soup | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

In all seriousness though, I truly love this soup so much. I have always found french onion soup to need something a little more hearty. Adding potatoes makes it heartier and worthy of a yummy lunch or dinner. This soup would also make for a great holiday side to just about any dinner. You can make it in advance and have it simmering away on the stove.

Bonus…your house will smell incredible as this cooks away.

One important thing? Don’t skip out on the cheesy bread topping…

French Onion Potato Soup | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

French Onion Potato Soup | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

French Onion Potato Soup

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings: 6 servings
Calories Per Serving: 605 kcal

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Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 4 sweet onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or grated
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups red wine
  • 2 quarts low sodium beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3-4 fresh thyme sprigs, plus more for serving
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 1 pound mini baby potatoes, halved if large
  • 6 slices french bread
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Gruyere cheese

Instructions

  • 1. Melt the butter in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the onions, garlic and brown sugar and cook about 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until softened. Continue cooking, stirring often, until the onions are deep golden in color and caramelized, 15 minutes. During the last 5 minutes of cooking, stir in the potatoes. 
    2. Reduce the heat to low and sprinkle the flour over the onions and potatoes, stirring for 3-5 minutes, until the raw flour taste is eliminated. Add the wine, beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaves, and thyme. Increase the heat to medium-high and return the soup to a simmer, simmer for 20 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender. Remove the thyme sprigs and bay leaves from the soup. Season, to taste with salt and pepper.
    4. Preheat the broiler to high. 
    5. Ladle the soup into oven safe bowls. Add a slice of bread to each and top evenly with cheese. Place each soup bowl on a baking sheet and transfer to the oven, broil until bubbly and golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Eat!

French Onion Potato Soup | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

My favorite part of french onion soup!

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  1. Hello Tieghan!
    Another great recipe, thank you so much 🙂 Made it just in time for this cold-cold weather we got in NY. Urgh winter.
    I used french baquette but my husband wasn’t thrilled how mushy it became, he asked for the soup and cheese, no bread next time, not sure if I should toast the bread perhaps or use a different type of bread? Any ideas would be appreciated.
    Speaking of ideas, I signed up for the emails and loving it!
    Many thanks, as always, for your hard work.

    1. Hey Lena!! Next time try place the bread on a baking sheet, toasting, then adding the cheese and melting it. This will give you cheese toast to dip into the soup and you will not end up with any soggy bread at all! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  2. This looks and sounds delicious. I have a question. Can you make this a day ahead of time; heat it up; then put in bowls with bread and cheese and broil. Please email me. Thank you. Lisa

    1. Yes! Making a day ahead will be great! Just heat up, add to bowls and finish in the oven! Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Happy Holiday’s ? 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    This looks absolutely fantastic. I’m not quite getting the feeling for the size bowl that is needed. I have nothing oven safe at this point. Size suggestions appreciated. Thank you.

    1. HI! I use 8 ounces ramekins, but anything 8-12 ounces will work great! Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Happy Holiday’s ? 🙂

  4. Hey Tieghan,
    This soup looks wonderful and I like the addition of the baby potatoes. My mom has a bunch of onions and just got some baby potatoes, so I think this soup would be lovely in preparation for Christmas. I’m glad you had such a nice time watching your brother and his friends compete this weekend! And I’m excited to hear if he knows about the Winter Olympics! Also, I’m happy you got to bake with Asher. ?
    My mom and I made your skillet cranberry and potato chicken for my step brother tonight, since he has to leave tomorrow (we did a mini holiday night).
    I hope all goes well with all of your visitors this week! That’s exciteting that everyone’s going to be there, but also a bit overwhelming. ? Don’t forget to rest and I hope you’re staying warm! 🙂

    1. How did the skillet cranberry and potato chicken turn out? I hope it went well for all of you!! Thank you so much Kristin, I hope you are enjoying your holiday season!

      1. The chicken turned out wonderful and everyone loved it! The potatoes didn’t get as crispy as normal, due to overcrowding in the pan, but were otherwise really good. 🙂 It also made great leftovers! Thanks Tieghan.

  5. This is such an awesome mix! Love a good baked potato. This soup looks so amazing and love the combination of the two.

  6. Congrats to Red, Tieghan! How totally exciting! So great to see all his hard work pay off!! I’m sure you’re all so proud! I’ll keep my fingers crossed that he’ll be Olympics bound! Love this hearty soup! So cozy! Wouldn’t even think of skipping the cheesy bread topping!!

  7. Hi jaime
    All though I absolutely love all your recipes, and have tried numerous one, I have a hard time as I have 2 son’s who are dairy free-not by choice. Your French, potato onion soup sounds amazing-but once again
    Cannot serve it the the family..
    I am wondering if you have a dairy free recipe book that I can buy? As you love too cook and your family
    This would be amazing for me..

    Merry Xmas, too you and yours.

    Annette kinder

    1. HI Annette! I do not have a dairy free recipe book, I am sorry. That said this is an easy recipe to just omit the dairy. Use olive oil in place of the butter and then just omit the cheese from the recipe or try using a goat cheese. Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Happy Holiday’s ? 🙂

  8. OMG. this sounds delicious! Can’t wait to try it my husband loves french onion soup. And good luck to your brother! That’s exicting. In my younger days I wanted to be a pro snowboarder but was too ADD and lacked the focus and drive to do so.

    1. I am so glad you like this! Thank you Lea! Ya it definitely takes a lot of hard work to do what he is, but couldn’t be more proud!

  9. Thanks for the update on Red! We are following him too and Colorado proud! ? Can’t wait to try the soup- we made our first trip to France last summer and any food that can take me back there I am totally down with. Happy Christmas week ?❤️

    1. I hope you love this soup Crystal! A summer in France sounds amazing, hope this takes you back! Thank you and Happy Holidays!

  10. I love French Onion Soup and I can’t wait to make it! I also can’t wait to get a set of those wonderful copper soup bowls. I’ve been looking for something like them for years. Who makes them and where can I get them?

    1. Thank you! These are from Williams-Sonoma and yes they are oven safe. Sadly I bought them a couple years ago and I dont see them on their site anymore. so sorry! Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Happy Holiday’s ? ?

  11. The soup looks absolutely delicious! Are the copper mugs from crate and barrel? Are they broiler safe? I must add to my holiday wish list!

    1. Thank you! These are from Williams-Sonoma and yes they are oven safe. Sadly I bought them a couple years ago and I dont see them on their site anymore. so sorry! Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Happy Holiday’s ? 🙂