A grey stoneware bowl filled with french onion soup and topped with golden baked cheese.
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French Onion Soup (Made Easier In The Instant Pot)

A classic soup full of sweet caramelized onions, rich beef broth, and topped with cheesy goodness, making restaurant quality French onion soup couldn't be easier then with this Instant Pot recipe.
Course Soup
Cuisine French
Keyword best french onion soup, best pressure cooker onion soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 194.1kcal
Author Chef Markus Mueller | Earth, Food, and Fire


French Onion Soup Base

  • 6 Large Spanish onions peeled and roughly julienned
  • 4 large cloves of fresh garlic chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 tsp dry thyme
  • 1/4 tsp dry basil
  • 1/4 tsp dry oregano
  • 1/8 tspsalt salt
  • 2 Tbsp clarified butter
  • 4 liters beef broth
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine

For the Topping

  • Baguette cut into slices
  • 4 cups of shredded cheese


  • Pre-heat the Instant Pot by pressing 'saute' and then 'adjust' to turn the heat to high.
  • As the pot heats up, thickly julienne the onions, and chop the garlic.
  • Sautee the julienne onions & chopped garlic in some clarified butter or oil in the hot Instant Pot for 10 minutes, just to slightly soften them.
  • Add the bayleaf, and salt, to the pot. Close and latch the lid on the Instant Pot with the vent switch pointing to 'sealed'.
  • Switch the program to 'manual' and set the time to 30 minutes.
  • Once the onions have caramelized and the Instant Pot beeps, release the pressure using the instant release method.
  • If the onions have a lot of liquid in them, use the saute function to cook of the liquid and brown the onions. This may occur if using a smaller size model of the Instant Pot.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the Instant Pot and switch the program to sautee. "Adjust' the heat to LOW. Simmer the French onion soup for 10 minutes.
  • To serve pour the french onion soup into heat proof bowls, top with fresh cut baguette and shredded cheese.
  • Bake in a 375F oven until the cheese is golden brown.


Note: The French Onion Soup is easily kept gluten free and lactose free by using diet appropriate toppings!