Effortless French Onion Soup from Scratch


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 Have you thought about making French Onion Soup from scratch but have been scared away by chopping and cooking all those onions? What if I told you that you don’t actually have to do any of that to get a fabulous soup? YUP! I have the solution and a giveaway to make it happen. You’re welcome. 🙂

French Onion Soup from scratch. Made in the Bellini by Cedar Lane, this soup literally takes about 10 minutes of prep time to make.

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French Onion Soup from Scratch

A while back, I recieved a Bellini Kitchen Master to try out. Honestly, it’s been sitting in my kitchen for weeks collecting dust because #1, I was intimidated by it, and #2, I didn’t think I would like it, and #3, I’ve just been dang busy, you guys. Busy travel schedule, fourth quarter blogging craziness, and kid activities on steroids – it’s just been a bit much. I admit it.

But I knew I had to try that thing out because the company wants me to give one to a lucky reader!, and honestly, all of the excuses I just listed mean I REALLY need to use the Bellini that much more. Because it is seriously easy and does a great job as a kitchen helper, especially for the lazy cook like me. After perusing through the cookbooks that came with the machine, I finally decided to make French Onion Soup.

Effortless French Onion Soup from Scratch

French Onion Soup is something my husband has been begging me to make for quite some time, but I never made it for him before. Honestly, the thought of chopping and cooking all of those onions just makes me cringe. But the Bellini promised minimal effort on my part, so it’s the recipe I chose. And boy was it easy! And Delicious!!!

To make this soup:

bellini makes french onion soup from scratch super easy by chopping the onions for you.

Peel and quarter onions and throw them with some butter into the Bellini. Chop them in the Bellini. (it takes 25 seconds). No crying. No running mascara. No hurting hands. Onion chopping bliss. 😀

Cook the French Onion Soup from scratchin the Bellini by Cedar Lane

Cook the chopped onion and the butter for an hour (not once do you have to stir them because the machine does it for you), add the liquids and herbs and cook again for 45 minutes.

Top French Onion Soup with bread and cheese and melt in the oven.

Top with bread and cheese and melt in the oven. DONE! Restaurant quality French Onion Soup from scratch for seriously ridiculous lack of effort. WIN!

Now if you don’t have a Bellini, you can still make this recipe. Just chop those onions by hand, throw them in a pot and stir and stir and stir. Add the liquids, and stir and stir some more. Then top with bread and cheese, melt, and enjoy. Not a big deal to make this recipe even by hand, honestly. But the Bellini makes this recipe oh so easy.

French Onion Soup from scratch. Made in the Bellini by Cedar Lane, this soup literally takes about 10 minutes of prep time to make.

By the way, you can cook this soup ahead of time and store it in your fridge for three days. You can also freeze it for up to six months. It’s my new favorite lunch recipe.

How about a printable recipe?

Yield: 4 servings

Effortless French Onion Soup Recipe {And giveaway…}

French Onion Soup from scratch. Made in the Bellini by Cedar Lane, this soup literally takes about 10 minutes of prep time to make.

A rich, homemade, and EFFORTLESS French Onion Soup!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 pounds Vidalia onions (about 4 medium), quarted
  • 1 teaspoon REAL Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 TBS unbleached white flour
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 4 cups homemade beef broth or good quality store-bought beef broth

For the bread

  • 1/2 loaf French bread
  • garlic clove
  • 1 cup (or more) shredded Gruyere Cheese


  1. Add butter and quartered onions to the Bellini and chop on speed 1 for 15 seconds. Make sure the lid is secured on your machine or it won't turn on.
  2. Turn the heat on to 100 C and cook for one hour on speed 1. Remove the measuring cap from the lid.
  3. Next add the wine, beef broth, spices, and flour, and cook 45 more minutes at 100 C on speed 1.
  4. While it's cooking, slice up a nice French bread, two pieces per bowl. Place in 400 degree oven and cook for 1 minute per side, until the bread is dry but not brown. Rub a garlic clove over one side of the bread and set aside.
  5. Once the Bellini has finished cooking, ladle soup into oven-safe bowls and place on a rimmed baking sheet.
  6. Top the soup with bread and shredded Gruyere cheese.
  7. Transfer baking sheet to oven and broil until cheese is melted and bubbling, 4 to 8 minutes.
  8. If you don't have oven safe bowls, you can put the bread on parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake in the oven, then top the soup with the bread.
  9. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 142Total Fat: 9gCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 12g

Did you make this recipe?

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Curious about the Bellini by Cedarlane?

This incredible machine mixes, blends, weighs, steams, stirs, whips, emulsifies, grinds, heats, cooks, chops AND kneads your freshest ingredients.It can even brew fresh coffee – although I haven’t tried that.

Following is a short video you can watch if you’d like to see it in action.

The Bellini Kitchen Master retails for between $500-$600 at Best Buy, Kohls, Walmart, and more, but you can buy one for $379.05 on Amazon right now! I’m also giving one away…

Want to win a Bellini? Just enter the rafflecopter form below! Good luck!

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French Onion Soup from scratch. Made in the Bellini by Cedar Lane, this soup literally takes about 10 minutes of prep time to make.

About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long-time green-living enthusiast, and rural Iowa mom of four. She empowers families to grow and eat seasonal, local foods; to reduce their ecological footprint; and to come together through impactful travel.

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  1. It looks like it’s so flexible. I love the multitasking.

    I think my dad would love this – as long as he wasn’t too intimidated by it, too.

  2. I like all the functions it can perform like mix, blend, weigh, steam, stir, whip, emulsify, grind, heat, cook, chop and knead. It would replace many appliances in my kitchen!

  3. I love that the Bellini delicately cooks and stirs my custard or stroganoff, requiring absolutely no supervision! This will save me time in the kitchen!

  4. This would clear up most of my kitchen counter!! It does everything! Holy smokes.
    And, I’ve gotta say – your photography is beautiful! I think at our next blogger meetup you should have a workshop!!

    1. Thanks so much, Kathy. You’re so sweet! I’ve been working hard on my photography – one these days I might get somewhere with it. <3

  5. It can do so many things that it can replace my mixer,food processor,blender…basically any appliance I have!

  6. OMG this is totally what I have been looking for! I have always wanted a steel food processor or high powered blender for making soup. Does this make cold stuff, too? Can it make nice cream?

    1. It could probably make nice cream, but it doesn’t freeze. The recipe manual includes recipes for ice cream, but the final freezing happens in the freezer. 🙂

  7. I love the versatility of the kitchen master so you can heating element enables you to simultaneously cook, fry and steam with the same unit.

  8. I like that the Precise heating element enables you to simultaneously cook, fry and steam and that it has 1000W heating power

  9. I honestly have never heard of them before. I love the functions that it has available and the precise heating is incredible.

  10. I like that it can multitask, like steaming asparagus while boiling potatoes. I also like how it is self-cleaning.

  11. I love the functions, but I really like that it stirs, and also steams! This would definitely be an asset in my kitchen!

  12. Honestly, the whole concept of a kitchen gadget that does so many different things sort of blows my mind more than intrigues me. I have NEVER heard of such a thing! The ice chopper is something I would use a lot.

  13. The best part is cooking a healthy 3-part meal such as this and having no dishes to clean. Just before you sit down to your perfectly cooked meal, pour in some soap and water, turn it on and it will wash itself while you eat.

    OK the ‘it will wash itself’ has me totally wanting one. Thats magic!

  14. That looks like an amazing machine with so many options. I would love to try out the coffee maker feature since we love coffee at our house. I would also use the steam feature for veggies. It looks like a really neat machine!

  15. I am intrigued with the fact that the Bellini Kitchen Master is equipped with everything in order to chop, mix, blend, weigh, steam, stir, whip, emulsify, and cook, and then some! It’s amazing!

  16. I am completely fascinated that you can crush ice and knedd baking good with one device, This is really amazing all of the functions it can perform.

  17. This incredible sous-chef is equipped with everything you need to mix, blend, weigh, steam, stir, whip, emulsify, grind, heat, cook, chop and knead your freshest ingredients. What more can any other kitchen tool do? Seriously?! This is an incredible item that I would LOVE to have and use. This would be a most used item in my kitchen.

  18. the link on the blog entry doesn’t work, but I am commenting here. I use a mandolin alot. but man oh man this Bellini is amazing. its way better than a food processor, and i am now officially obsessed

  19. WOW! It does everything! Chop, mince, whip, knead, blend stir, crush ice and cooks??! That’s amazing! It also has great reviews.

  20. This Bellini Kitchen Master surprised me a lot because it combines the function of 8 appliances in 1 and includes a 2 liter stainless steel bowl! Wow! Its name says all bout its awesome functions!! I love it 🙂

    Thank You for the great review and giveaway!

  21. Love how it cuts everything and makes prep time easy when you have arthritis in your hands you look for stuff like this. This would be wonderful for my family

  22. Everything about the Bellini intrigues me! Seems like it does everything! I mean, don’t we always say that we want an appliance that can clean up the kitchen itself? That’s so cool that it will wash itself while you eat. Love being able to cook/ steam multiple things at once and not have to worry about stirring!

  23. It is amazing that the precise heating element enables you to simultaneously cook, fry and steam. All at the same time?? Amazing!! Awesome! This would be great to try! kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you. Merry Christmas!

  24. What intrigues me the most is all of the functions that this little kitchen machine does: chop, mince, whip, knead, blend stir and crush ice

  25. What intrigues me most about the Bellini is that the “Precise heating element enables you to simultaneously cook, fry and steam.” Amazing machine!!

  26. I love that you can prep (chop, dice) and cook (steam) in the same unit. My countertop is small so I can’t keep a lot out at once. This would solve that problem and could stay out the entire time.