Take-out Tuesday, French Onion Soup with Roasted Garlic, Beer & Bacon

This is an amped up version of onion soup that you can make in a slow cooker


I took my basic French Onion Soup recipe here and used Pumpkin Ale instead of wine and added roasted garlic


The roasted garlic gives it a depth of flavor that is hard to describe, but let’s just say you won’t want to put your spoon down  ๐Ÿ˜‰


Get the garlic roasting and the onions and shallots sauteing and go about your merry way for a while


Just swing by and give them a stir every so often


When garlic has roasted and is cool enough to handle, squeeze the soft pulp out of the papery shells into the onions in skillet.  Add sugar and salt and cook a few minutes more


Add flour, and mustard.  Cook and stir flour into onion garlic mix to form a roux, or thick paste of onions


Slowly pour in beer


the onions will do a happy dance


Put beef broth into prepared slow cooker and add onion mixture

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Let soup cook on low for 6-7 hours


Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
roasted garlic 1 hour
Course Main Course, slow cooker, Soup
Cuisine American, French
Servings 4


  • 4 strips bacon
  • 4 large yellow onions peeled, halved and cut into slices
  • 3 heads garlic
  • 1 shallot chopped
  • 1 T sugar
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 T flour
  • pepper
  • 1 12 oz pumpkin beer or any lager style beer [not lite]
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 cups double strength beef broth
  • 1/4 tsp dry mustard


  • Cut tops off garlic heads to expose cloves. Place cloves on a sheet of foil. Drizzle liberally with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Wrap up into a package and bake at 400 for 45-60 minutes, until cloves are very soft. Set aside to cool. When cool enough to handle squeeze soft garlic from papery skins into a small bowl. Mash well with a fork.
  • Cook bacon until just crisp and drain. Reserve drippings. Saute onion and shallot in drippings for 20 minutes until beginning to golden. Add garlic. Add sugar and salt and cook 3-5 more minutes. Sprinkle with flour and cook and stir to form a roux. Slowly pour in beer and mustard.
  • Put broth into slow cooker [lined or sprayed]. Add cooked onion mixture and Worcestershire sauce. Stir. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours
  • Garnish soup with Gruyere toast and crumbled bacon
Keyword bacon, beer, French onion soup, onion soup, roasted garlic, slow cooker

Tip: You can make a “mock” Gruyere by combining Swiss and Parmesan cheese

roasted garlic onion soup thepaintedapron.com

Butter slices of a sturdy bread like sourdough and top with grated Gruyere or Parmesan and toast

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Float on the top of soup and add crumbled bacon if desired

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To see other ways to garnish soup see:

Onion Soup with Rosemary Gruyere Croutons here

onion soup with rosemary croutons thepaintedapron.com

French Onion Soup with Gruyere and Bacon Sandwich Croutons

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Broccoli Soup with Cornbread Croutons

broccoli soup w:cornbread croutons thepaintedapron.com

Soup is the perfect comfort food in my book~ well, there is chocolate….maybe we need a recipe for chocolate soup!


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11 Responses to “Take-out Tuesday, French Onion Soup with Roasted Garlic, Beer & Bacon”
  1. This looks amazing, Jenna! It’s been awhile since we had really good French Onion Soup.
    Now I am hungry for onion soup!

  2. Bonbon girl says:

    This is perfect for the chilly October weather we’re having! When making this version w/beer, do you add sherry or omit?

  3. Oh you know how I love when you give us slow cooker recipes….

  4. Lynn says:

    I do a happy dance when you pour beer into me too:@) I love French Onion Soup and I agree with you Jenna, this is an amped up version-sounds good!

  5. Mary says:

    Ooh I bet this is great Jenna with the roasted garlic and pumpkin ale and anything is better with bacon! I happen to have some pumpkin ale already… *hiccup* ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I love French Onion Soup, particularly at this time of the year. I just tend to associate it with a fire in the fireplace and football on TV (and I don’t even watch football). I also collect recipes for different types of French Onion Soup, but you have me here with this new version with beer and garlic. My mouth started watering just seeing those lovely roasted pods of garlic. Remember, years ago, when we all had those terra cotta garlic bakers and would roast garlic to spread onto slices of French bread? I found mine the other day, so I think I need to roast garlic, buy some beer, and make soup!

  7. Miz Helen says:

    Jenna, I just love your ingredients for this awesome French Onion Soup. Hope you are having a great fall day and thanks so much for sharing this awesome post with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. French onion soup is one of my fav’s. Thanks for linking up at Foodie Fridays. I look forward to seeing you and your posts again this week.

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