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Instant Pot French Onion Soup Recipe

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Instant Pot French Onion Soup is a quick way to make this classic soup recipe. This sweet soup with onions and brown sugar is topped off with melted cheese and toasted bread.

This soup can be either a main dish or a side dish. I like to serve it with Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs, Pasta with Basil Pesto, or Pot Roast

Instant Pot French Onion Soup Recipe

Instant Pot French Onion Soup Ingredients

To make this instant pot onion soup, you will need the following ingredients (go to the recipe below for exact quantities and instructions):

  • yellow onions
  • unsalted butter
  • brown sugar
  • garlic cloves
  • flour
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and pepper
  • beef stock
  • white American cheese
  • French baguette 
Instant Pot French Onion Soup Ingredients

Special Kitchen Items Needed

For this recipe you will need a few specialty tools. 

The Instant Pot Duo is simple and easy to use. This 7-in-1 appliance can pressure cook, slow cooker, steam, sauté & more.

French Onion Soup in an Instant Pot

How to Make French Onion Soup in an Instant Pot

Making onion soup in a pressure cooker is really easy and it is done cooking in only 10 minutes.

  1. Saute the onions. Place onions and butter in an Instant Pot. Select the saute option. Stir onions with butter, until butter melts and onions are soft and become translucent. Add in brown sugar, and continue to saute until brown sugar dissolves into the onion mixture, about 3-5 minutes. Turn off the pot.
  2. Cook the soup. Add in remaining ingredients, pouring beef stock on top. Close and lock the lid. Turn the steam release valve to sealing. Select soup or pressure cook on high, changing time to 10 minutes. Once done, allow it to sit for additional 10 minutes, before releasing remaining steam.
  3. Toast the bread. Toast a slice of bread or place bread on a baking pan and broil for 3-5 minutes.
  4. Melt the cheese. Dish the soup into oven safe bowls. Place a slice of bread over the soup. Add cheese on top. Place bowls on a baking sheet and place in the oven. Broil on high for 3-5 minutes until the cheese begins to turn golden brown.
  5. Serve and enjoy!
Pressure Cooker French Onion Soup

Substitutions and Optional Add-Ins

  • You can also serve with croutons instead of bread.
  • Soup will thicken a little as it cools, but if you prefer your soup to be thicker, you can add a tablespoon of cornstarch and stir in the soup until it dissolves. Allow soup to sit for 5-10 minutes to thicken.
  • Experiment with cheese: shredded or sliced American, Cheddar, Swiss, Gruyere or other favorite cheese.
Best French Onion Soup Recipe

Instant Pot French Onion Soup

Instant Pot French Onion Soup is a quick way to make this classic soup recipe. This sweet soup with onions and brown sugar is topped off with melted cheese and toasted bread.
4.56 from 9 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Release Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 375 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 large yellow onions cut into curved slices
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 3 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 cups beef stock
  • 1 cup white American cheese sliced or shredded
  • 1 French baguette

Instructions
 

  • Place onions and butter in an Instant Pot. Select the saute option. Stir onions with butter, until butter melts and onions are soft and become translucent. Add in brown sugar, and continue to saute until brown sugar dissolves into the onion mixture, about 3-5 minutes. Turn off the pot.
  • Add in remaining ingredients, pouring beef stock on top. Close and lock the lid. Turn the steam release valve to sealing. Select soup or pressure cook on high, changing time to 10 minutes. Once done, allow it to sit for additional 10 minutes, before releasing remaining steam.
  • Dish into oven safe bowls.
  • Toast a slice of bread or place bread on a baking pan and broil for 3-5 minutes. Place a slice of bread over the soup before adding the cheese to broil.
  • Add cheese on top. Place bowls on a baking sheet and place in the oven. Broil on high for 3-5 minutes until the cheese begins to turn golden brown.
  • Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Calories: 375kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 13gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 1203mgPotassium: 571mgFiber: 3gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 462IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 339mgIron: 3mg

The nutrition information is calculated using online nutrition calculators and may not be accurate. It is provided as a general guide only.

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Recipe Rating




Emily Enchanted

Friday 5th of August 2022

I love this recipe because it is warms me up and is the ultimate comfort soup.

Richard VanBuskirk

Sunday 6th of December 2020

Excellent recipe and very tasty, At first I thought it might be a little too sweet with the brown sugar but after I had my first bowl and looked to see it was empty, I apparently didn’t notice. Make Sirenia you want a darken broth to really caramelize your onions. Definitely will make again.