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Guinness French Onion Soup

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Recipe and photography provided by Heinen’s partner, Chef Billy Parisi. 

Add a little Irish flair to classic French Onion Soup with a splash (or bottle) of Guinness beer. Combined with traditional caramelized onions, Gruyere cheese and crusty croutons, it’s the ideal belly-warming post-St. Patrick’s Day parade meal.

Guinness French Onion Soup

Guinness French Onion Soup


  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 5 sliced yellow onions, peeled and thinly
  • 3 cloves of garlic, finely minced
  • 3 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 12 oz. Guinness beer
  • 64 oz. beef stock
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh thyme, chopped
  • 4 cups of croutons
  • 4 cups shredded gruyere or Swiss cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Add the butter to a large pot over low heat. Once melted, add the onions and cook for 45 minutes, stirring often. The onions should be very soft and browned.
  2. Add the garlic and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Deglaze with vinegar and beer and cook for 2 minutes before adding the beef stock.
  4. Bring to a boil and then finish with thyme, salt and pepper.
  5. Add a small amount of soup to a thick soup bowl and top with a ½ cup of croutons and a ½ cup of cheese. Place under the broiler on high for 3-4 minutes or until the cheese is melted and lightly browned.
Chef Billy Parisi

By Chef Billy Parisi

Chef Billy Parisi is a culinary school grad who spent 15 years in the restaurant industry as a line cook, sous chef and executive chef. Now he develops, photographs and films simple and delicious recipes that will make everyone feel like a chef in their own kitchen.

Recent Reviews

  1. Second time making it. Easy to make. Delicious. Use slice of a baguette and Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheddar for topping

  2. I just made this vegan style. Substitute d vegetable broth for beef, vegan cheese and croutons! Excellent!

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