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Instant Pot French Onion Soup Recipe

Written by: Lucas Johnson

This Instant Pot French Onion Soup is my go-to comfort food. Caramelized onions, rich broth, and gooey cheese - it's a bowl of warmth that never fails to satisfy.

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Stepping into my kitchen, there's nothing more comforting than the rich, warm aroma of my Instant Pot French Onion Soup. A combination of sweet caramelized onions and meltingly good Gruyere cheese, it's my secret weapon for impressing guests or just treating myself. With just one taste of this savory, wine-infused masterpiece, you'll be hooked. It's not just food, it's an experience. So, ready to bring a piece of French cuisine into your home? Let's get cooking!

Ingredients for Delicious French Onion Soup in the Instant Pot

  • Onions: Adds sweetness and depth when caramelized, a key flavor base for the rich and savory soup.
  • Butter: Enhances the richness and adds a creamy texture to the soup, balancing the flavors of the onions.
  • Sugar: Helps caramelize the onions, adding a touch of sweetness to balance the savory flavors in the soup.
  • Beef broth: Provides a rich and savory base for the soup, adding depth of flavor and umami notes.
  • Red wine: Adds complexity and depth to the soup, enhancing the overall flavor profile with a subtle richness.
  • Worcestershire sauce: Boosts the savory umami flavor of the soup, adding depth and complexity to the overall taste.
  • Baguette slices: Traditional accompaniment to French onion soup, adds texture and a crunchy element to the dish.
  • Gruyere cheese: Melts beautifully on top of the soup, adding a rich and gooey layer of flavor to each bite.

Essential Kitchen Tools for Making French Onion Soup

  • Instant Pot: Essential for pressure cooking the soup quickly while infusing flavors efficiently.
  • Chef's knife: Needed to thinly slice the onions for caramelization and texture in the soup.

Serves: 6 people

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 45 minutes

Total time: 1 hour


  • 4 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Baguette slices
  • Gruyere cheese, grated


  1. Set the Instant Pot to sauté mode and melt the butter. Add the sliced onions and sugar, and cook until caramelized.
  2. Add the beef broth, red wine, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Close the lid and cook on high pressure for 15 minutes.
  3. Allow for a natural pressure release for 10 minutes, then manually release the remaining pressure.
  4. Ladle the soup into oven-safe bowls, top with baguette slices and grated Gruyere cheese.
  5. Broil in the oven until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  6. Serve hot and enjoy your Instant Pot French Onion Soup!

Nutritional value:

Per Serving in Calories: 280 kcal | Carbohydrates: 20 g | Protein: 8 g | Total Fat: 15 g | Saturated Fat: 9 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 40 mg | Sodium: 800 mg | Dietary Fiber: 3 g | Sugar: 8 g | Calcium: 200 mg | Potassium: 400 mg | Iron: 2 mg | Vitamin A: 500 µg | Vitamin C: 10 mg

Prepping and Storing Tips for French Onion Soup

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Prepare the French onion soup as directed, but do not broil with cheese.
  • Let the soup cool completely, then store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • When ready to serve, reheat the soup on the stove, then proceed with adding bread and cheese before broiling.

Freezing Instructions

  • Cool the French onion soup completely before freezing.
  • Transfer the soup to a freezer-safe container, leaving some space for expansion.
  • Label the container with the date and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • To serve, thaw the soup overnight in the fridge, then reheat on the stove and broil with bread and cheese.

Did you know that adding a splash of balsamic vinegar to the French onion soup can enhance the depth of flavor and add a subtle sweetness to the dish? Give it a try next time you make this recipe!

Common Questions About Making Instant Pot French Onion Soup

Can I use vegetable broth instead of beef broth in this recipe?
Yes, you can substitute vegetable broth for beef broth if you prefer a vegetarian version of the French onion soup.
How long does it take to caramelize the onions in the Instant Pot?
It usually takes about 10-15 minutes to caramelize the onions in the Instant Pot on the sauté mode.
Can I use a different type of cheese instead of gruyere for the topping?
Absolutely, you can use other cheeses like Swiss or mozzarella if you don't have gruyere on hand.
Do I have to use red wine in this recipe?
While red wine adds depth of flavor, you can omit it or substitute with additional beef broth if preferred.
Can I make this recipe ahead of time and reheat it later?
Yes, you can make the soup ahead of time and reheat it on the stove or in the microwave when ready to serve.

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