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Making smoked French onion soup is easy and delicious. We’re talking about how to make smoked vegetables and how to use them in popular recipes! 

Making smoked French onion soup is easy and delicious. We’re talking about how to make smoked vegetables and how to use them in popular recipes!

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Our french onion soup has some other fun twists as well, we’re using everything bagels, smoked swiss cheese, and smoked white and red onions for this recipe.

That might sound like a lot but the cheese and the onions can smoke at the same temperature and with the same smoke so it’s easy to throw them on while you are making smoked cheese! 

Here’s what you need to make smoked french onion soup: 

  • 2 Large White Onions, Smoked
  • 2 Medium Red Onions, Smoked
  • 6 Slices Smoked Swiss Cheese
  • 3 Everything Bagels, Halved
  • 8 Cups Beef Broth
  • Salt & Pepper To Taste
  • 2 Tablespoon Olive Oil 
Making a delicious soup recipe with smoked vegetables is easy and tasty! Try out this simple recipe with smoked onions today!

How to make french onion soup with smoked cheese and onions: 

Chop and saute the onions until tender using the olive oil. Cook them in a large sauce pan so you can make the soup in one pot!  If you have time you can fully caramelize the onions but if you are in a hurry they just need to be tender. 

After the onions are finished cooking you can add the beef broth. Allow the onions and beef broth to simmer for at least 1 hour, longer if you have time. We usually do about 2 hours of simmer time to allow everything to really come together and become perfectly tender. 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and toast the bagel halves. 

Transfer the soup into oven safe dishes. Leave enough room for the bagel and cheese on top! 

Place the toasted bagels on top of the soup and then add the slices of smoked swiss. We used about three pieces of smoked swiss from a regular sized block. If you have larger sized blocks of smoked swiss you can use just one slice. 

Place the oven safe bowls into the oven and bake for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and slightly brown on top. 

Remove from the oven and allow to cool…they will be HOT HOT HOT. 

Serve with a sprinkle of herbs de provence if you are so inclined and enjoy. 

Making a delicious soup recipe with smoked vegetables is easy and tasty! Try out this simple recipe with smoked onions today!

How much does this recipe make? 

This recipe makes servings for 6 people. You can dish the soup out into six dishes to keep everything roughly even. It’s about 1.5 cups per serving with ½ of a bagel! 

Making smoked French onion soup is easy and delicious. We’re talking about how to make smoked vegetables and how to use them in popular recipes!

How to make smoked vegetables: 

Making smoked vegetables is easy and quick. Smoked onions are great for this smoked french onion soup and for things like sandwiches, pasta salads, and more. 

We put our onions on the smoker whole. Take off the outer layer of skin only and trim away the roots and tops. They do great in a mesh basket in the smoker. 

We smoked the onions when we were doing cheese so it was a cold smoke, no hotter than about 80 degrees F. 

Keep the onions on the smoker for between 3-4 hours for optimal results. You can add some salt and pepper to them before they go into the smoker but it’s not necessary. 

Our onions sat in the refrigerator for about 2 days before we used them for soup. I’m not sure we would recommend letting them sit for much longer than that, they’re more delicious if you can do them fresh or the day before. 

Tips for smoking any kind of vegetables:

You can smoke just about any vegetables with a similar process. You’ll want to keep it at a low temperature. The goal is not the same as with meat, where we want to cook it, the goal is to infuse the vegetables with smoke flavor so they can be cooked later! 

Keep the smoker at about 80 degrees and place your vegetables of choice on a tray or in a wire basket. Remove the skin where it makes sense but not for things like tomatoes, that will get mushy or fall apart! 

Keep the vegetables a uniform size so that they’ll all be evenly smoked when  you are done. Slice bigger vegetables like zucchini or squash so that they can absorb the smoke into their flesh and not just their tough outer skin. 

Use the smoked vegetables relatively quickly. I’m not a fan of letting smoked vegetables hang around in the fridge. They tend to get a funky texture and smell if you wait too long to use them. I’d say with in a day or so of smoking them they are at their prime. 

Making smoked French onion soup is easy and delicious. We’re talking about how to make smoked vegetables and how to use them in popular recipes!

Do you have a recipe for cold smoked cheese? 

Yes! We have a great (and super easy) recipe for cold smoked cheese. To be fair all cheese needs to be cold smoked…or it’ll melt 🙂 

Check out how to cold smoke cheese and then you make your own smoked swiss for this delicious smoked french onion soup recipe! 

How to know when your onions are ready: 

There’s a lot of conflicting advice out there. Obviously fully caramelized onions are going to work best for a good french onion soup…but with smoked onions the caramelization process is a little different. 

I don’t typically have the patience or the time to fully caramelize onions so I allow the smoke flavor to carry the onions into that nice level of flavorful and amazing. 

Sauteing the onions and then simmering them for an hour is plenty of time to make them tender and delicious. If you have time and patience, by all means go for the fully caramelized onions

As long as your onions are translucent and tender you can move on to the next step of the recipe! 

Making a delicious soup recipe with smoked vegetables is easy and tasty! Try out this simple recipe with smoked onions today!
Making a delicious soup recipe with smoked vegetables is easy and tasty! Try out this simple recipe with smoked onions today!

Looking for more delicious smoked recipes?

We’re slowly but surely building up our recipe index and we’ll be adding to our lists for your to check out ALL the amazing creations floating around in Dustin’s head 🙂 make sure to check out these smoked garlic butter shrimp in the meantime!

If you are loving the smoked side dishes make sure to check out these delicious baked beans or our favorite cheesy smoked cornbread!

Making a delicious soup recipe with smoked vegetables is easy and tasty! Try out this simple recipe with smoked onions today!

Printable Recipe for Smoked French Onion Soup:

Here’s the printable version of this delicious smoked French onion soup. Hopefully you can save it for later if you’re not able to make this tasty recipe tonight!

Smoked French Onion Soup | Smoked Vegetables

Making a smoked french onion soup is easy and delicious. Using smoked vegetables, smoked cheese, and an everything bagel on top. This is a fun twist on a classic recipe!
Prep Time2 hrs
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time3 hrs
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: French Onion Soup, Smoked Recipes
Servings: 6 Servings
Author: MeagenB
Cost: 15

Equipment

  • Smoker

Ingredients

  • 2 Large White Onions Smoked
  • 2 Medium Red Onions Smoked
  • 6 Slices Swiss Cheese Smoked
  • 3 Everything Bagels Halved
  • 8 Cups Beef Broth
  • Salt & Pepper To Taste
  • 2 Tablespoon Olive Oil

Instructions

  • Chop and saute the onions until tender using the olive oil. Cook them in a large sauce pan so you can make the soup in one pot! If you have time you can fully caramelize the onions but if you are in a hurry they just need to be tender.
  • After the onions are finished cooking you can add the beef broth. Allow the onions and beef broth to simmer for at least 1 hour, longer if you have time. We usually do about 2 hours of simmer time to allow everything to really come together and become perfectly tender.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and toast the bagel halves.
  • Transfer the soup into oven safe dishes. Leave enough room for the bagel and cheese on top!
  • Place the toasted bagels on top of the soup and then add the slices of smoked swiss. We used about three pieces of smoked swiss from a regular sized block. If you have larger sized blocks of smoked swiss you can use just one slice.
  • Place the oven safe bowls into the oven and bake for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and slightly brown on top.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool…they will be HOT HOT HOT.
  • Serve with a sprinkle of herbs de provence if you are so inclined and enjoy.