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Oct 21, 2012 03:55 PM

Canned French Onion soup

Ok, now please don't go off on a rant about how I would ever want to use canned soup. :)
I am from Canada, and have seen recipes use canned French Onion soup. I have only seen Onion soup (I am talking Campbell's here). Is there a big difference? Does anyone know? I almost assume that the French Onion soup has a more beef flavour or something?

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  1. Do they can the bread and the cheese :o. I am guessing that "canned" french onion soup has beef broth as it's base while non-french onion soup would be vegetarian...... just a guess.... but then that is an almost unethical hijacking of the name "French Onion Soup".

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    1. re: cacruden

      What most folks don't realize is that traditional "French Onion Soup" - canned or not - does not automatically come with the bread & cheese crust. Adding those items makes it "French Onion Soup Gratinee".

      And whether or not an onion soup is French or otherwise has zero bearing on what broth is used. While beef broth is traditional for French Onion Soup, it's also used in probably a zillion other non-French versions, as is chicken broth. Non-French onion soup doesn't automatically mean "vegetarian".

    2. I think Campbell's is what is expected in these kind of recipes. There are much worse canned soups made by Campbell's. Be sure to add a bit of dry wine and no one will have any idea it is made with canned soup.

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      1. re: robt5265

        Yup - even Julia Child was a fan.

      2. Campbell's Onion Soup - & frankly probably every other brand of canned onion soup - has a beef broth base & is really quite good.

        In fact, the late great Julia Child found it perfectly respectable, especially if one tweaked it with a bit of dry vermouth.