French onion soup is an exceptionally rich, cheesy, and delectable soup that seems to warm up your entire body and soul.
It’s all about the sweet caramelized onions and savory beef broth. Topped with ooey-gooey melted cheese and chewy French bread on top.
Unlike other soups that only work as an appetizer or a side, French onion soup is so hearty and decadent, you can also serve it as a main course. To keep things interesting, you’ll want a nice side dish or drink to pair it with.
French onion soup is a savory dish with bold flavors, so combine it with dishes that aren’t too overpowering. You don’t want to clash with its medley of flavors, but rather pair it with something that will subtly complement it.
Not sure what to serve with french onion soup? Not to worry! We’ve compiled a list that combines beautifully with French onion soup. From sides and mains to drinks and dessert, all that’s left for you to do is to pick your favorite!
1. Green Salad
Let’s start this list with a nice appetizer or side dish. A green salad is a crunchy, refreshing, and nutritious dish with subtle but delicious flavors, making it a fantastic side for almost any dish.
Whether it’s a creamy Caesar salad or a tangy balsamic vinaigrette, you can never go wrong with soup and salad.
Feel free to pick and choose your favorite salad and toppings. But we highly recommend these two options if you’re looking for something that pairs well with French Onion Soup.
- Lettuce, pomegranate seeds, jicama, and parmesan cheese, topped with a dressing made with olive oil, apple cider vinegar, Creme Fraiche, scallions, salt, and pepper.
- Romaine lettuce, anchovies, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and some freshly squeezed lemon juice.
2. Chicken Pesto Panini
French onion soup has that beautifully melted cheese on top, so naturally, a dish with the same element will go great with it. We’re talking a classic panini!
To make: spread butter on each slice of bread. Top with cheese, chicken, tomato, avocado, mayo, pesto sauce, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Place it on a griddle and it’s ready to go in 3 – 5 minutes.
The result is a crisp, golden panini that oozes with warm mozzarella cheese. It’s the perfect companion to go with your delectable soup.
Also known as the holy grail of entrees, steak is perhaps the best thing you can pair with your French onion soup. You can pick pretty much whatever steak you prefer and it’ll go great with your soup.
If you find the flavors of your soup to be too bold, you can dial it down a bit by using less fatty cuts. A filet mignon or a New York strip steak is your best bet if this is your goal.
Next, if you want to combine your luscious soup with something chewy, go for a nice flank steak. That will give your teeth something meaty to chomp on.
Finally, if you want a rich meal from start to end, pair your French onion soup with a T-Bone or rib-eye steak. This combo is extra flavorful and incredibly filling!
Looking for something a bit lighter? Let’s talk about seafood! Scallops, also known as big meaty chunks of heaven, also taste great with a bowl of French onion soup.
The key to making scallops taste oh so irresistible is to sear them to perfection. All you need is a little butter, olive oil, salt, and pepper. In a saute pan or skillet, add 2 teaspoons of unsalted butter and 2 teaspoons of olive oil.
Salt and pepper the scallops. Once the skillet is fully heated and the fat begins to smoke, gently add the scallops. Cook for 1 1/2 minutes on each side.
Timing is key so I recommend you set a timer for 90 seconds. Once cooked on each side, serve immediately. Scallops should have a golden crust on each side but still translucent in the center.
And you know what makes these golden beauties even more exquisite? A stunningly delicious saffron sauce.
5. Baked Salmon
Another fantastic seafood that goes well with French onion soup is baked salmon. This fatty pink fish is absolutely delightful. It’s not too heavy, and perfectly balances out the richness of the soup.
Plus, this dish is extremely easy to prepare. Just flavor it with garlic, bake it, and serve!
The best food pairings always include beverages! Give your French onion soup dinner an air of sophistication by serving it with some wine.
With French onion soup, you’ll want a full- or medium-bodied wine that will work well with any broth-based soup. If your soup has a pureed consistency, you can opt for a more textured and creamy wine. You can also never go wrong with a simple and affordable white wine, sticking to varieties that are more dry and sweet.
7. Dark Chocolate
Finally, let’s give your meal (and this article) a sweet ending. Rejoice, all you dark chocolate lovers out there! Because of its mild flavor, this bittersweet favorite tastes fantastic with French onion soup.
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