French Onion and Lentil Soup

My French onion and lentil soup with homemade croutons and cheese will warm your heart and make you say Mmmm, Mmmmm, good!
French Onion and Lentil Soup Recipe
All of a sudden, I have a major thing for Dijon mustard.  Why then, wouldn’t I add it to my French onion soup?  After all, French is French, right?  

French Onion Pork Chops (shown in the featured video) is another caramelized onion family dinner recipe I know you’ll also enjoy!

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Thank you for visiting me here in my Kudos Kitchen. This recipe for French Onion and Lentil Soup is a good one and one you’ll want to make in your own kitchen.

That said, this recipe post is in desperate need of an update with new photos along with a recipe and nutrition card.

It’s on my list of things to do, and I’ll get to it ASAP. Since I have hundreds of recipes on my site, this may take a little time!

In the meantime, please enjoy it (such as it is). It truly is a delicious and easy dinner recipe, and I know it’s one you’ll find especially tasty!



5 or 6 large sweet onions sliced relatively thin
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 healthy sprigs of fresh thyme leaves
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup lentils that have been rinsed and inspected for small stones.
32 ounces beef stock, plus more if you like a thinner consistency.
1/2 cup white wine
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
5 slices French bread, cut into 1″ cubes
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste
1 cup shredded Gruyere or Swiss cheese

-Slowly saute the onions, thyme, bay leaves, salt and pepper in oil,  in a large dutch oven over medium-high heat until the onions are a deep golden color.  Stir them on occasion but allow for the onions to develop their color without stirring constantly.  This process should take a good 20 minutes (or more).

-Remove the thyme stems and bay leaves and to the onions add the lentils, beef stock, white wine and Dijon.
-Simmer on low for 20-25 minutes until the lentils are tender and to your liking.
-Add additional beef stock if you want a thinner consistency and continue to simmer until heated through.
-Meanwhile in a skillet over medium heat, saute the bread cubes in the olive oil and season with salt, pepper and garlic powder until golden and crispy.
-Serve the soup with a generous helping of the French bread croutons over top and sprinkle with some Gruyere cheese.

Bumped up with flavor, bumped up with fiber.  Serve this with a wonderful side salad and your totally good to go.  My French onion soup with a twist will warm your heart and make you say Mmmm, Mmmmm, good!


I didn’t feel like putting my soup under the broiler to melt the cheese (but you certainly can) so what I did was ladle the soup into crocks, add lots of crispy croutons and top with shredded Gruyére cheese!  Be still my heart!


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  1. This sounds (and looks!) really great! I never would have thought of adding either lentils or mustard but it sure looks like a great twist!

  2. That looks like such a delicious soup…I love your step-by-step photos 😉

  3. Renee this sounds DELICIOUS!!!
    Thanks for linking up!

  4. Ok, now I want to make french onion soup again this week & try it with your twists!

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