This rich soup is teeming with slow-caramelized onions and covered with crisp, melty cheese.

There’s always a secret ingredient in recipe developer and food stylist Tieghan Gerard’s hearty homestyle dishes. This extra-cheesy, Guinness-spiked Irish French onion soup is wonderfully filling and will make your kitchen smell amazing. Pick up her new cookbook, packed with comforting fare that will warm you right up. 

I’m really not someone who loves onions — I actually use them rather sparingly in my cooking — but caramelized onions are a completely different story. I could put them in and on pretty much anything, and I guess that’s why I love French onion soup. It’s a rich, decadent, and cozy soup. I took the classic and put my own little Irish twist on it using Guinness beer and Irish soda bread. Even my mother (who hates onions) loves this soup, although I think she may just eat it for that cheesy bread on top. This is a great soup to make in advance and rewarm on the stove before serving. The longer it sits, the more flavor it develops!

Notes: To make this more of a classic French onion soup, use your favorite red wine in place of the beer and swap the soda bread for a sliced baguette.

To make it vegetarian, use vegetable broth in place of the beef broth, but note that your soup will be lighter in both color and flavor.

Reprinted with permission from Half Baked Harvest Cookbook