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

This is a different take on french 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.

A bowl of onion soup topped with Romano cheese

If you love French Onion soup you are going to love its cousin, Italian Onion soup. Both soup bases are made just the same, but the top is where it is different. This is topped with pecorino cheese instead of Swiss or Gruyere cheese.

How to make the best onion soup

Do you love onion soup? The secret in making this soup is how you caramelize the onions. The browning of the onions is where the most of the flavor comes from. You will want to brown the onions slowly, this slow browning helps to release the sugars that are locked in the onions as the sugars release slowly the onions brown.

You will want to add a small amount of butter to a large stainless steel skillet. Add a small pinch of salt helps the onions release more sugars. All you need to do is to add time, it will take about 30 to 45 minutes to brown the onions perfectly. Stir them from time to time, and you will have the best-browned onions ever.

Makeing Italian Onion Soup

After the onions brown, you will need to de-glaze the pan with a bit of dry white wine. Then you can add the beef broth, seasonings, and soon you will have the most delicious bowl of soup ever. Top the cheese with your favorite hearty bread and top with Italian cheese.

french onion soup topped with Italian cheese

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Italian Onion Soup

Are you a fan of French Onion soup? Try this Italian inspired soup at home.
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Onion Soup
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 175kcal


  • 1 1/2 pounds sweet yellow onions
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • salt
  • 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 slice 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, toast 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.


Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 473mg | Potassium: 207mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 75IU | Vitamin C: 6.3mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 0.6mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Liz Nelson

    5 stars
    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!

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