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French Onion Soup Pull Apart Bread

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Here we call it French Onion Soup, in France it’s just Onion Soup. In reality it’s far more popular than we had expected. In my ethnocentric mind it was a popular American dish imitating an old French classic. While there is still some truth to that, you will still find it on most menus at sidewalk cafes and fine dining brasseries.

French Onion Soup Pull Apart Bread

Though there are a few differences to what you will find in Paris to here in the U.S. Here or there, it’s a savory blend of beef stock and simmered onions that is soul comforting. Slightly sweet onions with slurpy, savory soup, crunchy yet soggy soup filled bread and the ooeyiest, gooyiest cheese. Each bite is soup nirvana from inside your heart to the tips of your fingers and toes.

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You know what’s hard about soup? Sharing. Problem, meet solution

French Onion Soup Pull Apart Bread – Pull Apart Bread!

All the best parts about french onion soup – stock soaked bread, caramelized onions, tangy, melty cheese – becomes a finger food! No bowls or spoons necessary. The first time I experimented with this idea, I brought the result to my monthly wine club (yup, that’s a thing and it’s beautiful) and it literally disappeared in under 5 minutes.

French Onion Soup Bread

Even better now, each time I make this shareable, crowd pleasing French Onion Soup Pull Apart Bread, I’ll be transported to a Parisian sidewalk brasserie people watching with great friends. You don’t have to travel to Paris to enjoy this pull apart bread, but it couldn’t hurt right? Kidding. Perhaps a little french jazz in the background will do just fine.

Pull apart breads are incredibly fun to serve, everyone going after the ‘perfect piece’, and easy to throw together.

Almost soup, in a flash.

French Onion Soup Pull Apart Bread tastes like it’s been simmering for hours, but you can have this on the table in under 45 minutes. The onions simmer in a butter and olive oil mixture for perfect caramelization. Even if they over cook just a tad, the beef consommé addition will simmer out, but the best part being you really don’t have to stir too much while caramelizing the onions.

If you can’t find beef consommé, regular beef stock will work. Beef consommé is my go to since it contains a bit of gelatin, making it more like soup and thickening the soup and onion mixture faster.

French Onion Soup Bread

The most important piece is your bread selection. Sourdough load is an obsession in my life. The perfect sour tang and soft texture, and can be soaked without falling apart. A large, french style loaf is ideal, but whatever you can find that is firm and soakable will work.

French Onion Soup Bread

Slicing almost all the way down, keep the bottom part of the bread in tact. Otherwise you may end up with thick onion and cheese bake. Not that anyone would complain about it I’m sure, but we’re aiming for pull apart bread. Then you stuff all those cracks with soupy, sweet onion goodness.

French Onion Soup Bread

Cheese selection is personal. Baby swiss is just a little tangy without bringing an overpowering flavor, but Gruyere will also bring similar flavors. Top your onions with shredded, cheesy bliss – bake, broil, serve.

French Onion Soup Pull Apart Bread

Side walk brasserie optional.

French Onion Soup Pull Apart Bread

French Onion Soup Pull Apart Bread

Soup soaked bread, caramelized onions and tangy, melted baby swiss transform French Onion Soup into a shareable, crowd pleasing pull apart bread!
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: french onion appetizer, french onion soup bread, pull apart bread
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 569kcal
Author: Lauren


  • 1 large French sourdough loaf
  • 3 large sweet onions
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 cup baby swiss or gruyere fresh grated
  • ¾ cup beef consommé
  • 2 tsp kosher salt


  • Slice onions in ¼" half-moon slices.  Heat a large sauté pan on medium.  Melt butter and olive oil together.   Working in three rounds, layer sliced onions and sprinkle with salt.  Let simmer for 5 minutes on medium, then turn heat to low.  Let simmer for 10 minutes before stirring.
  • Cook onions until caramelized and browning.  Add beef consommé and reduce over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring continuously.  There should be some liquid, but thickened.
  • Slice bread crosswise in 1" squares.  Stuff the cracks with soup and onion mixture.  Spread any addition soup and onion mixture over the top.  Repeat with grated cheese.
  • Bake at 425°F for 15 minutes in a dutch oven or high lipped baking dish.  Finish by broiling on high for 5 minutes.  


Calories: 569kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 1384mg | Potassium: 387mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 594IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 516mg | Iron: 3mg


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Wednesday 5th of April 2017

This. Is. Incredible. I mean, are you just congratulating yourself at all moments for this masterpiece? If not you should be :-) :-)

Erica @ Coming Up Roses

Monday 3rd of April 2017

OH MY GOSH I'M DROOLING. My hubby and I are *obsessed* with French onion soup, so I will most definitely be making this for us ASAP!

Coming Up Roses


Monday 3rd of April 2017

This looks amazing!! WOW! One of my favorite soups done rightttt!

Linda Falardeau

Sunday 2nd of April 2017

Ok. so this had me drinking wine before lunch. Made it and then couldn't wait till twelve. Bad girl, Lauren. I had to make it this weekend just for the sake of making and trying it. Can't wait to take it to a party, it's so good! Might start a riot if people refuse to move away from dish and give other people a chance! Keep 911 on speed dial.


Tuesday 4th of April 2017

Hey, it's 5 c'clock somewhere!


Friday 31st of March 2017

What a yummy recipe! I love that it only calls for 7 ingredients and looks super easy to make. I will save the next time I need to make something for a gathering.


Saturday 1st of April 2017

I love that it's ingredient minimal also! I hope you love it!