Saturday, September 17, 2022

Individual French Onion Soup Bread Bowls inspired by Falling for a French Dream #SoupSaturdaySwappers

These little individual bread bowls make the perfect presentation when serving up French Onion Soup.

French Soup in Bread Bowl

It's time for Soup Saturday Swappers........
Cam of Culinary Adventures with Camilla is hosting this month and suggested we share a soup recipe that was inspired by or mentioned in a book as a nod to the beginning of the school year.

Falling for a French Dream

When Cam announced this theme I was in the middle of reading Falling for a French Dream by Jennifer Bohnet.  It is the story of English woman Nicola who was married to a French man who was estranged from his family.  After his death, Nicola is contacted by her father in law, who requests (demands) she bring his grandson, Oliver, out to learn about the family business, an Olive Farm, above the French Riviera.

Nicola, having no ties to England and wanting Oliver to have family agrees to move to France and learn the family trade.  Nicola does insert her independence by purchasing a home on the outskirts of the Olive Farm so that she and Oliver have privacy and independence as she cultivates the small holding on the property to sell goods at the adjoining tourist center and letting rooms to the visiting tourists.

Shortly after Nicola and Oliver arrive they are served lunch prepared by Oliver's great aunt Josephine, a French Onion Soup.  Hence, the inspiration for the recipe I am sharing today.

Let's see what the others are sharing.......
French Onion soup in bread bowl pin

This soup is a delicious and fun way to start a dinner party.  No need for croutons as the bowl takes care of that.  I did, however, toast the top of the roll that I used to make the bowl and include that with each serving for a little added bonus.

I am anxious to read the other's posts and to learn what read inspired their choice.  I am also sharing this post over at Foodies Read.  Stop by and see what the other Foodies are reading this month.

Soup, Bread, Starters, First Courses
Yield: 6 First Course Servings
Author: Wendy Klik
Individual French Onion Soup Bread Bowls

Individual French Onion Soup Bread Bowls

These little individual bread bowls make the perfect presentation when serving up French Onion Soup.
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 20 MinTotal time: 30 Min


  • 2 vidalia onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 T. butter
  • 1 t. dried thyme
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 c. dry red wine
  • 1/4 c. flour
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 c. beef broth
  • 6 slices Provolone cheese
  • 1 c. shredded Gruyere cheese
  • 6 Onion Buns, unsliced


  1. Melt the butter in a large skillet or pot over med low heat. Add the onions, season with thyme, salt and pepper.
  2. Cook, stirring frequently, until onions are tender and caramelized to a golden brown.
  3. Add the wine and cook until nearly evaporated.
  4. Stir in the flour and garlic until fragrant, then add the broth, stirring to incorporate.
  5. Allow to cook for 5-10 minutes until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally.
  6. Meanwhile, cut the tops off of the buns and toast in a preheated 350* until browned on the cut side. Set aside.
  7. Hollow out the bread in the bottom section of each roll and place a slice of Provolone into each pressing lightly to form into the bowls. Place onto a baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes until cheese is melted.
  8. Fill each bread bowl with the onion mixture and top with the shredded Gruyere cheese.
  9. Place under a broiler until cheese is melted and lightly browned. Serve with the toasted top on the side for dipping.


Inspired by a recipe found in Delish.

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  1. Sounds like a great book...and this soup is definitely a must! Who doesn't love a little soup with their bread???

  2. That sounds like a fun read and one I might actually be able to handle after grad school ruined me for for reading whole books, lol!

    1. LOL....I'm glad then that I never went to grad school because reading is one of my favorite pastimes.

    2. It was for me too! Maybe it was because I went back in my 50s. After that, all I could read were teen girl books, lol.

    3. Teen girl books can be fun....I loved the twilight series.

  3. Perfect and comforting soup in a bread bowl!

  4. Thanks for joining in the fun and games. I would totally love that book, I think! And I know I would swoon over that soup.


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