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Be Our Guest Inspired French Onion Soup

This soup is a staple at Be Our Guest, and it's vegetarian.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 15 mins
Servings 4 people


  • 4 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 1/2 pounds Yellow Onion Sliced Thin
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1/8 cup flour
  • 6 cups vegetable stock
  • 1/2 Tbsp Dried Thyme
  • 1/2 Tbsp Dried Parsley
  • 1 Dried Bay Leaf
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • French Bread
  • 5 oz Gruyere Cheese shredded
  • 4 slices Provolone


  • In a large soup pot, melt butter over medium-low heat.
  • Once butter is foamy, add sliced onions and sugar. Cook stirring occasionally until the onions are golden brown, this should take about 45 minutes - don't rush it.
  • Once cooked add in flour and stir to coat, cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add in vegetable broth, herbs, salt, and pepper to taste, then bring to a boil - turn the heat down to low and simmer for one hour.
  • While the soup is simmering, slice bread thin and toast in a 450-degree oven until lightly browned, 5-7 minutes.
  • Once the soup has cooked, ladle into 4 ovenproof dishes.
  • Top with the toasted french bread, cover each crock with a slice of provolone, and top that with the grated gruyere.
  • Place under the broiler and cook until the cheese is bubbly and lightly browned.