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How to Make Italian Onion Soup With Egg

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. October 10, 2023
How to Make Italian Onion Soup With Egg

We might associated onion soup more with France, but there are different variations across Europe. Each type of onion soup uses regional variations which suit all kinds of palates. One of our favorites at oneHOWTO is Italian onion soup. While it is also an onion based soup which uses cheese and other classic flavors, one of the main differences is the addition of an egg. This egg can be cooked separately and added to the soup at the end, but a great option is to poach the egg in the soup at the end of cooking. This way the egg can be infused with all the delicious flavors of the soup itself. See how it's done with our easy recipe on how to make Italian soup with egg.

2 diners Between 30 & 45 minutes medium difficulty


You'll need:

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Steps to follow:


Gather all the ingredients to make this Italian onion soup with recipe on a table or kitchen counter. This way, you can check if you have all of them or need to go buy some before starting to prepare the soup.


If you don't have vegetable broth at home and you don't want to buy it at a supermarket, you can make it homemade. This way you can better control the flavors and richness. To prepare a very basic vegetable broth you only need a peeled carrot, leek and celery, as well as herbs such as oregano and thyme.

Place all the ingredients in a pot with water and large a pinch of salt and some pepper. Place the pot on a burner, turn it on and wait for the water to boil so that the vegetables begin to cook. Cooking should last at least 1 hour.

How to Make Italian Onion Soup With Egg - Step 2

In another pot, add a little olive oil. Slice the garlic or crush it finely in a press. Ideally, you will want to julienne the onion into strips which are long and thing. Add a pinch of salt and cook on a very low heat for about 5-10 minutes.

How to Make Italian Onion Soup With Egg - Step 3

Once you have the homemade vegetable broth ready, strain out the solid pieces of vegetable. Add the vegetable broth to the other pot in which you have sautéed the garlic and onion. At this point, let the onion soup cook for another 20 minutes.

If you do not want to use a homemade stock, you can buy vegetable, beef or chicken stock and use that.


Take about three slices of rustic bread, although this will depend on the size of the loaf. Take the Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and place it on the bread. You can use other Italian cheeses of a similar hardness. Broil the cheese on the bread until it has melted and then set aside.

How to Make Italian Onion Soup With Egg - Step 5

As we said before, you can cook the egg separately and simply top off the soup with it. However, we recommend taking a smaller pot and adding one portion of the soup. Ensure this pot has a lid. Bring the soup to a low boil and then crack an egg into the top. Close the lid and poach the egg directly in the soup to your liking. When poached, you will need to scoop the egg temporarily with a slotted spoon and keep to the side.

Learn how to make the perfect poached egg if you decide to cook the egg separately from the broth.

How to Make Italian Onion Soup With Egg - Step 6

To serve the soup you will need to act quickly so that the poached egg doesn't get cold, although the heat of the soup will help. Pour the coup into a bowl. Take the cheesy toast and cut it into chunks. Mix these chunks into the Italian onion soup. Then you take the egg and place it on top. If you want to be extra decadent, you can grate more cheese over the top.

Now your Italian onion soup with egg is ready. One of the best parts of this dish is that you don't need anything with it since the bread is already mixed through.

If you want to learn how to make similar soup dishes, check out our recipes on how to prepare courgette cream soup and how to make Galician soup.

How to Make Italian Onion Soup With Egg - Step 7

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  • Although you can use any type of bread, the best option is to use stale bread. This way, it won't disintegrate too quickly in the soup.
  • Feel free to ad different aromatics or flavors to your broth to intensify flavor. Examples include fennel or brown onions.
  • If you are preparing Italian onion soup with egg for the whole family and the children find it unpleasant to find pieces of onion in the soup, you can put it in the blender before serving. This way, the broth will be denser, but it will still have a very rich flavor.
  • You can use two types of cheese to make the preparation more delicious. For example, one that melts well, like Cheddar or Emmental, and another that is more mature like Parmesan.
  • You can also toast the bread before you put it under the broiler. This way it will be even more stable in the soup.
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