French Onion Soup in the Instant Pot

Last week I told you that I’ve been wanting to make French Onion Soup But then I got sidetracked and made French Bread first.  (Find the Homemade French bread and Garlic Bread in my Philips XL Airfryer post here.)  Well today I’m going to tell you how I made the French Onion Soup.

I did make this with my Instant Pot .  It could easily be made on the stove too.

I started with TWO packages of dry onion soup mix.  I put them in the  Instant Pot  along with 8 cups of water and 3 large diced onions.  I was feeding a lot of people and wanted left overs.  You might want to half this recipe.  I also added 4 tablespoons of the beef soup base.  Beef bullion would work as well.


I used the manual setting and put the timer at 4 minutes.

This is what I ended up with.


While that was cooking I cut up the homemade French bread that I had made, buttered it and put it in the Philips XL Airfryer.  I set it on 330 for five minutes just to toast it.

From there I ladled the soup into bowls, put a piece of toasted French Bread on the top and cover that with shredded Swiss cheese.

Next I put it in the oven on broil for a few minutes to melt the cheese and to make it golden…watch it carefully as it only takes a couple minutes.

This is our supper from that night…Reuben Sandwiches (Recipe here), French Onion Soup and Fries from the Philips XL Airfryer.  See?  YUM!!

By the way..I discover a new dipping sauce that I love for fries.  I mix a bit of horseradish with Thousand Island dressing….try it.  I also use that on my Reuben Sandwiches too!

I love how the soup is warm and toasty.  As a warning the soup stays hot longer as the bread and cheese cover it and hold the heat in.


Remember I made an extra big batch?  Well when nap time came along later in the week, I was lucky enough to get everyone to sleep at the same time.  I enjoyed another bowl by warming the soup in the microwave and adding the toppings.  Within a few minutes I had something yummy and comforting to eat.  It only took about 8 minutes to prep the soup from leftovers…PERFECT.


It was enough time that I could enjoy my soup and check out a quilt book while I ate.

I am very happy with this and this method although only an experiment in the beginning will be my new “go to” when I want French Onion Soup.

4 thoughts on “French Onion Soup in the Instant Pot”

  1. Is that Happily Scrappily I see? I got all the blocks done (I think), then put it away to finish other quilts with deadlines. I should pull mine out and lay it out at my guild’s next sew-in.

  2. Your soup looked delicious. Do you like the air fryer? I was going to purchase one, but most of the reviews online were not very positive. I’ve never known anyone who has one.

  3. Tina-I am in the same boat, I think mine just needs set together. I wonder where that tote is—-hmmm, I think it is time for Adventures in Sewing Room cleaning. HA!

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