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Pressure Cooker French Onion Soup

Easiest pressure cooker french onion soup topped with french bread and cheese! Done in just 3 minutes in your Instant Pot or Ninja Foodi, you’ll love it. Much faster than our Crockpot French onion soup recipe but with the same great all day bold flavor.

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5 basic ingredients is all you need to make this easy french onion soup recipe. Better yet if you make it in your Instant Pot it just takes 3 minutes to cook! Brown some cheese and french bread on top and add a few more minutes but literally you’ll have the best pressure cooker french onion soup on the table in under 15 minutes total which is amazing! One of our favorite soup Instant Pot recipes here on The Typical Mom for you to enjoy. (originally published 9/18, affiliate links present)

Ninja Foodi French Onion Soup

I hadn’t had french onion soup in forever but I once again had a bowl at our favorite restaurant while it was snowing. Seriously was the best bowl of comfort food I had remembered in the past. Thought “I must figure out how to make this myself” but faster. And that is what I did.

First time was in my IP and then made it as an easy Ninja Foodi recipe in that pot which skipped the step in the oven. With the air crisp method on that pot I could then melt the cheese in the same pot. Game changer.

Let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have and use for all recipe creations.

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Instant Pot French Onion Soup

I tested how long it would take for my onions to be perfect. I made it twice and varied the ways. You can choose either one and here are the differences.

  • First time – caramelized onions with butter on the saute function first until deep brown and softened well
    • you could do this in a cast iron skillet beforehand if you’d rather but the beauty of this pot is to make everything in one place
  • Second time – skipping that step and just cooking onions in the broth
  • Both were good

If you do take the extra step suggested this is what we are looking for when we say “deep flavors” and colors. 😉

carmelized onions

How do you make french onion soup in Ninja Foodi?

The same way you make it in an IP or Crockpot Express. All of those brands of pressure cookers, and beyond, have the high pressure function and saute (or browning) which you’ll want. The biggest difference is how you’d finish it off. If you do have a Foodi pressure cooker and air fryer machine you don’t have to broil like you do with an IP.

Instead you could lay your pieces of day old bread right on the top until the whole thing is covered. Sprinkle on the cheeses of your choice and close the air crisp lid, the one attached. Hit air crisp 400 degrees for 2-3 minutes or until it melts nicely and becomes a light golden brown

The only negative doing it this way is serving it up without a mess, plus is you only dirty one pot though so that’s up to you. You could use the Instant Pot air fryer lid to do the similar thing at the end.

Instant Pot French Onion Soup

Here is the base of our pressure cooker french onion soup but if you have had this soup before you know it is kinda’ all about the toppings.

  • Day old french bread (best) and lots of cheese are key to the yumminess, and I decided to dice some green onions as well.

I decided to also add a bit of parmesan into my mixture of shredded cheese for a little added punch of flavor and I was glad I did…..it turned out amazing!! You just divvy it up into oven safe bowls when done, lay a piece on top and sprinkle. Set on a baking sheet and broil for a few minutes until golden bubbly.

Look at this cheap Instant Pot recipe y’all!! My kids had never had this before I made it myself at home one night.

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Another option at the end is to use a mini countertop toaster oven/air fryer/convection oven with your soup into an oven safe dish. That can melt the cheese on top as well. When that was all I had at the time it took about 4 minutes before cheese is melted to perfection.

Then I ate it for lunch immediately!

  • Even my 10 year old who had never tried this type of soup loved it…now that is a win!

Pressure cooking a vegetarian french onion soup is possible too if you use vegetable broth.

Pressure cooker french onion soup

  1. Beef broth
  2. Yellow onions 
  3. Butter
  4. Worcestershire sauce
  5. Thyme, salt and pepper
  6. Day old french bread or baguette slices, 1 per bowl
  7. Cheese on top – gruyere is traditionally used
  8. Oven safe bowls

In this post I have included a video showing you how we make Instant Pot French onion soup at home. This one does not show sauteeing the onions first but you can with some butter to deepen the flavors.

  • I would do this additional step if you have a bit more time, just;
    • Set on saute low at the very beginning
    • and any spices with your sliced onions you’d want
    • allow them to cook down and caramelize a bit
  • Then turn pot off and move to step 2 below, both ways are great.
Pressure Cooker French Onion Soup

How do you make French onion soup in a pressure cooker

I have a printable recipe card at the bottom of this post with our video embedded into it. Here’s a quick rundown of how it’s done here though too;

  • Set your Instant Pot to saute and melt your butter (or a little red wine). Then add onions at this time and caramelize a bit until they soften and become a deep brown color that has an amazing smell.
    • Then turn your pot off.
  • Add salt, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, and beef broth. If adding a bay leaf just remember to remove at the end.
  • Close lid and steam valve and set to pressure high for 3 minutes.
  • Do a quick release.
  • Can serve immediately with bread on the side, or melt cheese on slices of french bread and serve on the side or put 1-2 pcs of french bread on top of soup with cheese on top, then put inside an oven safe bowl and put under the broiler for 3-5 minutes or until cheese is melted and serve.

What onions are best for French onion soup?

You may get different answers depending on whom you ask but typically the classic method will call for yellow. Some like a mix of white, yellow and red onions though to give it a different flavor. Remember that the thinner your slices are the softer they will get, that is personal preference really. You can slice or make thick chunks.

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Remember that you want them to be a size that will be able to be scooped up nicely with a spoon. There is nothing worse than slurping or slipping off your utensil when you’re trying to eat. Especially if you have kids smaller is a bit better so the mess is a minimized and you don’t have splattering all over your table and face when eating.

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Pressure Cooker French Onion Soup

I’ve got the easiest pressure cooker french onion soup topped with french bread and cheese for you! Done in just 3 minutes in your Instant Pot. 
Course Appetizer, Entree, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American, French
Keyword french onion soup, instant pot, onion, pressure cooker, soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 479kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Set your Instant Pot to saute and melt your butter, then add onions at this time and caramelize them a bit. Then turn your pot off.
  • Add salt, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, and beef broth.
  • Close lid and steam valve and set to pressure high for 3 minutes.
  • Do a quick release.
  • Can serve immediately with bread on the side, or melt cheese on slices of french bread and serve on the side or put 1-2 pcs of french bread on top of soup with cheese on top, then put inside an oven safe bowl and put under the broiler for 3-5 minutes or until cheese is melted and serve.

Video

Nutrition Facts
Pressure Cooker French Onion Soup
Amount Per Serving (4 oz)
Calories 479 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 39mg13%
Sodium 2004mg87%
Potassium 404mg12%
Carbohydrates 65g22%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 470IU9%
Vitamin C 7.5mg9%
Calcium 190mg19%
Iron 4.4mg24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Suzanne

Thursday 6th of August 2020

Yummm, thank you for the recipe!

Teresa Lindsey

Tuesday 4th of February 2020

Tried this recipe tonight in my Ninja Foodi...turned out great!

Teresa

Tuesday 4th of February 2020

5 star rating!

irnrev

Wednesday 7th of August 2019

Easy, fast, and tasty!

Elizabeth

Saturday 12th of January 2019

just made this and did caramelize the onion first - it was great and super easy! thanks!

The Typical Mom

Saturday 12th of January 2019

Awesome!!

Mark F.

Saturday 22nd of December 2018

Why are you hating on this recipe, if you are such a stickler for tradition just change it to your liking, and stfu.

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