Vegetarian, Gluten-Free French Onion Soup

I made a pot of French Onion Soup this weekend that was fabulous. When I stopped eating meat (other than fish) 9 years ago, I thought I’d never be enjoying it again. It’s typically made with beef broth. Turns out I have a lifetime of recipes I need to adapt to my new culinary standards. Getting creative with substitutions, saved my French Onion Soup recipe. 

The beef broth French Onion Soup is traditionally made with, gives it a rich taste. I won’t use Chicken broth and vegetable broth doesn’t cut it for this one, so I had to come up with an alternative for the richness.

Simple substitutions duplicates the traditional French Onion Soup made with beef broth made with simple substitutions


Not So Traditional, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free French Onion Soup


6 yellow onions

1 TBSP gluten-free flour

1 TBSP butter

3 TBSP olive oil

1 TSP nutmeg

7 cups No-Chicken broth

3/4 cup Dry Sherry…or more to taste

2 slices gluten-free bread

1 cup grated Gruyère Cheese


Saute onions in butter and olive oil until soft. Add flour and nutmeg, stirring to coat thoroughly. Cook until onions are golden brown. Add No-Chicken broth and bring to a boil. Then add Dry Sherry, reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes.


Slice 2 gluten-free bread slices into 1/2  inch cubes. Place on cookie sheet in warm oven until dried,  and crisp. About 20 minutes.

Put soup bowls into oven to warm.

Grate Gruyère cheese with coarse grater.

Switch oven to broil and let heat up. When hot, add soup to bowls, top with dried croutons and grated cheese. Place under broiler for ten minutes or until cheese is hot and bubbly.

Toasted gluten-free bread and grated Gruyere Cheese top this yummy vegetarian version of French Onion soup

Let cool a bit or you’ll remove the skin  from the roof of your mouth!

We often enjoy this as our entire mid-day meal on cold, rainy days. It’s very filling and heats your body up from the inside out.


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  1. February 4, 2016 / 9:57 am

    Yum. Looks delicious!

  2. February 3, 2016 / 1:49 pm

    This soup looks delicious! I could eat soup every single day for every meal -that is how much I love soup! It’s so warm and comforting-just like a warm hug! I’m having a bowl of chicken tortilla soup right now as I write this. I think the two main ingredients that make french onion soup so fabulous are the sherry and the gruyere, which I could eat a block of everyday with my soup! Enjoy the rest of your week and I hope you found a solution for thinning hair. I know people who love hair extensions. ~April

    • Jennifer
      February 4, 2016 / 11:00 pm

      I totally agree! I love soup. I may have added a teeny bit more Sherry and cheese to this. That’s how I cook. Just keep adding until it tastes great.

  3. February 3, 2016 / 6:35 am

    You know, I’ve never actually made French Onion soup! I might have to give this a try. I’ve cut back on cheese over the last few months, but this might make it totally worth it.

    • Jennifer
      February 4, 2016 / 11:01 pm

      I admit cheese is an important part of this. But it still tastes great without it. Add more Sherry 🙂

  4. Carol
    February 3, 2016 / 12:14 am

    Sounds terrific! What is No Chicken broth?

    • Jennifer
      February 4, 2016 / 11:05 pm

      That’s what it’s labeled. Must be some kind of vegetable thing, but tastes way better than regular vegetable broth.

  5. nancy
    February 2, 2016 / 11:37 pm

    Mmmmmm,it reminds me that I really have to make that soon!

  6. February 2, 2016 / 1:14 pm

    It sounds yummy! I love French Onion soup and haven’t had it in years because it’s so caloric but this sounds yummy.

    • Jennifer
      February 4, 2016 / 11:06 pm

      It is caloric but I make it be the whole meal, so justify it that way 🙂

  7. February 2, 2016 / 8:51 am

    I just made it for the FIRST TIME EVER!A few weeks ago………….
    Think I will try yours!

  8. February 2, 2016 / 5:43 am

    I haven’t made French onion soup in years! Perfect meal for a rainy day like today!

    • Jennifer
      February 4, 2016 / 11:07 pm

      That’s when we love it. Warms you up from inside.

  9. February 2, 2016 / 5:29 am

    How delicious sounding Jennifer. I love French Onion Soup!
    Oh and your last post was excellent! Adding accessories and how much they can change one’s appearance, so true!

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