French Onion Soup with Pasta

Take your time when you caramelize the onions for this deep flavored French Onion Soup with Pasta.  The rich taste along with an excellent beef broth will warm your tummy and satisfy your craving for an incomparably delicious and heartwarming soup.

When my cohort, Kim, at Chickapea Pasta suggested combining these tasty shells with French Onion Soup, I was sold!  Adding this healthy pasta to soups is a no brainer and you can see the delicious results below.

Chickapea Pasta Soups


The Best Way to Caramelize Onions:

  • Use a wide bottomed pan to allow for maximum heat coverage of the onions.
  • Let them brown slowly but don’t let them burn.  Do not stir too often.
  • Add a little white wine to deglaze at the end to enrich the flavors
  • Be patient. The beautiful flavors are a result of taking your time.


If you cook up extra onions, they will keep in an air tight container for several days.  I love caramelized onions in stews, sandwiches, dips and with eggs.  So many scrumptious options!

You can add bread and cheese and broil in the oven for a few minutes but I preferred it with just a topping of cheese after I noticed that Ina Garten did it so beautifully and simply.

Health Benefits of French Onion Soup with Pasta:

  • It is good for the skin.
  • Helps in reducing the glucose level of the body.
  • It helps in improving the digestion of the body.
  • Onions are good remedy for cold and respiratory disorders.
  • Helps in maintaining good bone health

Robyn is our Chickapea Chef and creates a new and delicious recipe for us each month.  To see more of her creations, pop on over to her Facebook or Instagram feed.

Are you adding protein rich Chickapea pasta to your soups?  Share your photos with us on Instagram by tagging @chickapeapasta and #chickapeapasta so we can see what’s going on in your kitchen!

5 from 12 votes
French Onion Soup with Pasta
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 25 mins
Total Time
1 hr 35 mins
Take your time when you caramelize the onions for this deep flavored French Onion Soup with Pasta.  The rich taste along with an excellent beef broth will warm your tummy and satisfy your craving for an incomparably delicious and heartwarming soup.
Course: Soup
Cuisine: French
Keyword: french onion soup with pasta
Servings: 4
  • 6 large red or yellow onions, sliced thinly
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • salt
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 10 cups beef stock
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • 8 ounces Chickapea Pasta shells
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 5-6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup Gruyere cheese, Asiago or mozzarella cheese, freshly grated
  1.  Caramelize the onions: In a wide-bottomed pot, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil on medium heat. Add the onions and toss to coat with the olive oil.

    Cook the onions until softened and translucent; about 20 minutes.

  2. Increase the heat to medium high. Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and the butter and cook, stirring often, until the onions start to brown, about 25 minutes.  

  3. Add the minced garlic and cook for a minute.

    Add the white wine to the pot and carefully scrape up the browned bits on the bottom deglazing the pot as you continue to stir.

  4. Add beef stock, bay leaves, and thyme. Bring to a simmer, cover and adjust heat to maintain your simmer. Cook for about 40 minutes.

  5. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Discard the bay leaves.

    Ladle into bowls and top with cheese.

Deliciously caramelized onions with healthy pasta in a heartwarming soup! #chickpeapasta #lentilpasta #plantbasedpasta #plantbasedprotein #frenchonionsoup


  • Rachael
    Posted at 20:19h, 08 October Reply

    BRILLIANT IDEA. I love french onion soup!

  • Sue Laflin
    Posted at 09:22h, 07 October Reply

    Do you have the carb numbers?

    • Chickapea
      Posted at 10:20h, 08 May Reply

      You can find the carbs for our pasta on the package.

  • Regina
    Posted at 15:08h, 04 October Reply

    Love the dreamy pictures! And how protein rich Chickapea pasta can take an appetizer soup to make it the main event!

  • Lorena
    Posted at 13:22h, 04 October Reply

    That looks so incredibly delicious!!! I love French Onion Soup!! Had never tried it until recently and I’m obsessed!

  • marcie
    Posted at 14:57h, 02 October Reply

    It’s absolutely brilliant creating a French onion soup recipe with healthy Chickapea Pasta! I’ll take this version over the classic any day!

    • Chickapea
      Posted at 10:20h, 03 October Reply

      It’s such a classic but we love the protein and fiber addition to this recipe!

  • GiGi Eats
    Posted at 10:30h, 02 October Reply

    So comforting. SUCH A WONDERFUL FALL DISH!!! I want it to hug my tummy 😉

  • Izzy @She Likes Food
    Posted at 23:27h, 01 October Reply

    Such a good idea!! It’s cooling down a lot here and I could live on soup like this right now!

    • Chickapea
      Posted at 10:26h, 03 October Reply

      Love a good hearty soup in the fall!

  • Dana
    Posted at 19:03h, 01 October Reply

    Wow. How delicious does this look! I had no idea of all the health benefits French onion soup could lend (probably because I’ve only ever eaten it in a pub, covered in bubbly gruyere with a large crusty piece of buttery bread making a crash landing into it, haha). This is SO smart, though. Replace that cheese topper with a more modest amount and swap the crusty bread for hearty protein-packed Chickapea pasta… genius.

  • Natasha
    Posted at 18:45h, 01 October Reply

    This looks so perfectly comforting and filling!

  • Trish
    Posted at 18:23h, 01 October Reply

    Oh wow! French onion soup is a yearly tradition in our house, and I love this healthier version!

  • Kristen
    Posted at 12:21h, 01 October Reply

    I love french onion soup. Such a great idea to put your healthy pasta in here. Delish!

  • Sarah
    Posted at 05:06h, 01 October Reply

    This recipe came at the perfect time – I was trying to figure out what soup to make today and this looks like the perfect thing! Love the idea of adding chickapea to it to make it more filling!

    • Chickapea
      Posted at 07:01h, 01 October Reply

      Enjjoy, Sarah, it’s such a great combo!

  • Michelle
    Posted at 02:36h, 01 October Reply

    Those onions! What a great idea with Chickapea — such a better addition than bread!

    • Chickapea
      Posted at 07:03h, 01 October Reply

      Aren’t they the best, Michelle! So flavorful!

  • Lauren Kirchmaier
    Posted at 00:50h, 01 October Reply

    This is great! Love the pasta and the idea of this soup!

    • Chickapea
      Posted at 07:07h, 01 October Reply

      We hope you’ll share with us if you make it, Lauren!

  • Erin @ The Almond Eater
    Posted at 17:06h, 30 September Reply

    I love everything about this soup recipe!

    • Chickapea
      Posted at 07:12h, 01 October Reply

      It checks all the boxes, Erin

  • Sarah
    Posted at 16:12h, 30 September Reply

    This is such a creative idea! The pasta turns this appetizer into a main dish!

    • Chickapea
      Posted at 07:13h, 01 October Reply

      We agree. A nice side salad and dinner is ready!

  • Tania Sheff
    Posted at 16:11h, 30 September Reply

    Brilliant! My favorite soup made with my favorite pasta! Love it!

    • Chickapea
      Posted at 07:17h, 01 October Reply

      Don’t you love the earthy flavors, Tania!

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