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Italian Onion Soup – are you a fan of French Onion soup? Try this Italian inspired soup at home.

This is a different take on onion soup.  You have most likely had French onion soup, now try Italian.  You can find more Italian recipes in How to cook Italian by Guilano Hazan.

Italian Onion Soup

Italian Onion Soup

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  • Recipe Type: CopyKat Recipes, Soup Recipes
  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Serves: 8

Have you tried French Onion soup? Now try it Italian style.


  • 1 1/2 pounds sweet yellow onions
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 3 cups homemade beef broth
  • 4 slices crusty Italian bread
  • 2 ounces pecorino cheese


Peel and thinly slide the onions crosswise. Put them in a soup pot with the olive oil and butter and season with salt and pepper. Place over medium-high heat and cook, stirring often, until the onions begin to brown, about 5 minutes. Lower the heat to medium-low and continue cooking until the onions are wilted completely and have started caramelizing, about 30 minutes.

Raise the heat to medium-high and add the wine. Let it bubble away until you no longer smell the alcohol. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and cook for 45 minutes.

When you are ready to serve, roast the bread slices and put one in each of the 4 soup bowls. Ladle the hot soup over the bread. Using a vegetable peeler, shave thin slices of the cheese over each serving. Serve at once.

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    Just found this site. I’ve been making this version for 40 years. Who knew it would find it’s way on the web?

  • Liz Nelson

    This was good! I do love French Onion soup but this was a nice change. I really liked the Pecorino cheese I had never tried it before it was really good with the soup!