Wisconsin-Style French Onion Soup

Wisconsin Cheese Wisconsin-Style French Onion Soup Recipe
Active Time
40 Minutes
(1 cup each)



Look for the Proudly Wisconsin Badge when shopping for cheese. Any brand of Wisconsin Brick can be used in this recipe.


  1. Melt 4 tablespoons butter in a Dutch oven over low heat. Add onions; cook, covered, for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in sugar. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat for 35-40 minutes or until onions are deep brown, stirring frequently.
  2. Gradually stir in beer; allow soup to boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 2-3 minutes. Stir in beef broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes longer or until broth is slightly reduced, stirring occasionally.
  3. Meanwhile, heat oven to 400°F. Melt remaining butter; toss butter with pretzel bread on a 15 x 10-inch baking pan. Season with salt and pepper. Bake for 5-7 minutes or until bread is toasted, turning once.
  4. Ladle soup into eight ovenproof serving bowls. Top each with bread cubes; sprinkle with brick. Broil 3-4 inches from the heat for 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Cheesemonger Tip

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Do you have questions when shopping for cheese? Ask the cheesemonger! A cheesemonger specializes in the buying and selling of high-quality cheese, usually available in the specialty section of a grocery store or cheese shop. Knowledgeable and passionate, a cheesemonger is a go-to resource for cheese varieties and pairings, proper cheese storage and handling, its cooking applications and cheese brand information.

Brick cheese is a Wisconsin Original. Traditional aged or German-style brick has a beige smear on its surface; the color darkens, and the flavor intensifies with age. Trimming the rind reduces its aroma and flavor.

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