Famous Barr French Onion Soup

This soup is thick and rich, bubbling with melted cheese atop two slices of French baguette. A truly iconic soup from St. Louis and the old Famous and Barr retail store.


This soup is thick and rich, bubbling with melted cheese atop two slices of French baguette. A truly iconic soup from St. Louis and the old Famous and Barr retail store.

French Onion Soup from Famous & Barr in St. Louis, Missouri. Nothing is as reminiscent of Famous as this iconic French onion soup.  The soup was thick and rich, bubbling with melted cheese atop two slices of French baguette.

As the stores closed their restaurants, it was fortunate that many years ago the St. Louis Post-Dispatch published the recipe in their Food Section so fanatics of this soup could recreate their obsession at home!



Famous Barr French Onion Soup

Famous Barr French Onion Soup

Yield: 16 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 5 hours

This soup is thick and rich, bubbling with melted cheese atop two slices of French baguette. This recipe for Famous Barr French Onion Soup is a truly iconic soup from St. Louis and the old Famous and Barr retail store.

Ingredients

  • 5 lbs. med white onions
  • 1/2 C butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. paprika
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • 3/4 C flour
  • 3 – 32oz containers (8cans) of beef broth (I’ve also used a combination of beef (64 oz) and chicken broth (32 oz) and it has actually been my favorite result.)
  • 1 C white wine
  • Salt to season
  • 16 oz. Gruyere cheese (can substitute Swiss which I typically do), shredded
  • Olive Oil
  • Parmesan
  • 1 French Baguette, sliced


Instructions

To Prepare the Soup:

  1. Slice the onions ⅛" thick. Melt butter in a large pot and sauté the onions over low heat for 1½ - 2 hours.
  2. Add seasonings; pepper, paprika and bay leaves. Mix well and saute on low for 2-3 minutes; stirring frequently.
  3. Add ⅔ of the broth to the pot and stir well. And the flour to the remaining broth and mix thoroughly and then add to the pot, stirring in. Add wine and simmer 2 hours.
  4. Refrigerate overnight.

To Serve:

  1. Turn on oven to broil.
  2. Brush bread slices with olive oil and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Lightly brown bread using the broiler watching very carefully so not to burn.
  3. Heat soup on stove top.
  4. Layer soup, then Parmesan toasted bread, then cheese in ovenproof bowls.
  5. Broil until cheese melts; 3-5 minutes. Watch carefully!
  6. Let cool for a couple of minutes before eating.
Nutrition Information
Yield 16 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 834Total Fat 51gSaturated Fat 23gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 22gCholesterol 196mgSodium 511mgCarbohydrates 31gFiber 3gSugar 8gProtein 58g

Nutrition data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix, and should only be used as a general guideline. This information is provided as a courtesy and there is no guarantee that the information will be completely accurate.



Photo: Davis Staedtler

Famous Barr French Onion Soup
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