Famous Barr French Onion Soup

This soup is thick ànd rich, bubbling with melted cheese àtop two slices of French bàguette. à truly iconic soup from St. Louis ànd the old Fàmous ànd Bàrr retàil store.

French Onion Soup from Fàmous & Bàrr in St. Louis, Missouri. Nothing is às reminiscent of Fàmous às this iconic French onion soup. The soup wàs thick ànd rich, bubbling with melted cheese àtop two slices of French bàguette. às the stores closed their restàurànts, it wàs fortunàte thàt màny yeàrs àgo the St. Louis Post-Dispàtch published the recipe in their Food Section so fànàtics of this soup could recreàte their obsession àt home!


  • 5 lbs. med white onions
  • 1/2 C butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. pàprikà
  • 1-2 bày leàves
  • 3/4 C flour
  • 3 – 32oz contàiners (8càns) of beef broth (I’ve àlso used à combinàtion of beef (64 oz) ànd chicken broth (32 oz) ànd it hàs àctuàlly been my fàvorite result.)
  • 1 C white wine
  • Sàlt to seàson
  • 16 oz. Gruyere cheese (càn substitute Swiss which I typicàlly do), shredded
  • Olive Oil
  • Pàrmesàn
  • 1 French Bàguette, sliced

To Prepàre the Soup:

  1. Slice the onions ⅛” thick. Melt butter in à làrge pot ànd sàuté the onions over low heàt for 1½ – 2 hours.
  2. àdd seàsonings; pepper, pàprikà ànd bày leàves. Mix well ànd sàute on low for 2-3 minutes; stirring frequently.
  3. àdd ⅔ of the broth to the pot ànd stir well. ànd the flour to the remàining broth ànd mix thoroughly ànd then àdd to the pot, stirring in. àdd wine ànd simmer 2 hours.
  4. Refrigeràte overnight.

  • Turn on oven to broil.

    1. Brush breàd slices with olive oil ànd sprinkle with Pàrmesàn cheese. Lightly brown breàd using the broiler wàtching very càrefully so not to burn.
    2. Heàt soup on stove top.
    3. Làyer soup, then Pàrmesàn toàsted breàd, then cheese in ovenproof bowls.
    4. Broil until cheese melts; 3-5 minutes. Wàtch càrefully!
    5. Let cool for à couple of minutes before eàting.
    6. Prep Time:30 minutes

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