Savory French Onion and Pear Soup is the ultimate comfort food. The rich onion soup is topped with buttery toasted bread and melted Gruyère cheese. The pear is so subtle you won’t taste it yet it lends the faintest sweetness that balances the soup beautifully.
You read that correctly. This week’s recipe is Savory French Onion and Pear Soup. I thought it sounded strange until I tried it. You won’t actually taste the pear because it’s masked by the rich onion flavor. However, the pear adds an additional layer of sweetness that balances the soup.
French Onion Soup is one of my favorite indulgences of all time. Who can resist rich onion based soup topped with buttery toast and melted cheese? I sure can’t. There is nothing quite like hot piping soup as our days grow shorter and as the temperatures begin to plummet. Savory French Onion and Pear Soup is so satisfying I can’t wait to make it again this winter.
Real talk – my posting schedule is messed up this week. I was supposed to post on Monday, but obviously, that didn’t happen.
I shot this recipe last Friday with the full intention of writing the post on Sunday. Well, folks, Saturday night happened. Kieran and I went dancing with our friends on Saturday night. We went dancing because:
A. I was a club kid in my twenties, I use to go dancing every week, sometimes 3 times a week. I haven’t gone dancing in 10+ years so spending a night dancing with good friends sounded like a blast!
B. Kieran and I have been working our asses off during the kitchen renovation. We’ve been pulling long hours and needed to blow off steam.
C. Blow off steam we did. Holy shit we got after it. Kieran and I were on a mission to get drunk and let loose on Saturday night. Mission accomplished.
The word hangover doesn’t accurately describe how we felt on Sunday morning. It felt like I’d been hit by a bus, no, two buses that took turns running me over. I sat down at my computer Sunday morning determined to crank out this post. I stared at my computer screen for what felt like 10 minutes. My brain hurt. My body hurt. The hard work over the last month had taken its toll. I felt overwhelmingly exhausted. The hangover was my tipping point.
Fuuuuuuuuuuuck this, I thought. I got up from my computer and walked into the kitchen. I found Kieran sitting at the kitchen table. He was reading the Ikea kitchen cabinet installation manual with a big, fat frown on his face. When I asked how he felt, he looked at me with an expression that screamed, horrible, kill me now.
I proposed we have a couch day. Kieran dropped the manual and made a beeline for the couch. We spent the remainder of the day binge-watching Netflix, napping, and eating our weight in carbs. Couch day was just what the doctored ordered.
Now that we had a day to decompress I’m finally ready to share my recipe for Savory French Onion and Pear Soup!
So here’s what you need to know when making Savory French Onion and Pear Soup. It’s extremely easy to make but it’s time-consuming. Save this recipe for a lazy, rainy weekend when you have a couple of hours to kill. The reason this soup takes so long is that:
- It can take an hour or more to caramelize the onions.
- The soup needs to simmer for 1-2 hours to intensify the rich onion flavor.
Sure, you could technically cook the onion and soup for less time, but the taste won’t be as amazing. For this soup to be delicious, you need to put the time in.
You may be asking yourself why I added pear to this recipe. Great question! When I first tested this recipe I didn’t add the pear. The soup was good but almost too rich for my taste. Pear and sherry compliment each other fabulously. The added pear not only softened the richness of the soup, but it lent a subtle sweetness that tasted phenomenal!
I made this soup last Friday so I could shoot pictures of it in the afternoon. After the photo shoot, I let the soup cool down completely before transferring it to an airtight container in the fridge. On Sunday I reheated the soup in a smaller soup pot. After toasting the leftover french bread, I assembled the soup and broiled the cheese for a remarkable lunch. That means, if you want to serve this soup for dinner during the week, you can totally make the onion and pear soup portion a few days ahead of time!
Savory French Onion and Pear Soup pairs incredibly with a lazy weekend afternoon. The soup is the perfect balance of flavors. The onion tasting soup is rich, the pear is sweet, the toasted French bread is crunchy, and the cheese is salty. It’s the perfect indulgence after a hectic work week.
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