French Onion Soup Meatballs

These meatballs are doused in rich caramelized onion sauce and topped with hot, melted cheese. They'll be the best meatballs you've ever had
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword comfort food, easy dinner recipe, French Onion Soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 25 meatballs
Calories 129 kcal
Author Stephanie


Caramelized Onions:

  • 1 very large yellow onion sliced into thin strings
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup beef broth
  • 1/4 cup cabernet wine Can sub Merlot


  • 1.5 pounds ground beef
  • 1 slice white bread soaked in milk
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • Light sprinkle of salt/pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 thin slices provolone or mozzarella cheese grated cheese is okay too


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 packet beefy onion dry soup mix from a 2.2 oz. box
  • 1/2 teaspoon chicken "Better than Boullion" optional
  • 1/4 cup cabernet wine
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
US Customary - Metric


  1. In a large pot, caramelize the onions.
  2. Add the thyme, salt, bullion/water, and wine. Cook on medium heat for about 20 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the milk soaked, bread, panko, parsley, salt/pepper, and egg in a bowl until well combined.
  4. Add the meat and mix thoroughly with your hands. Roll into small meatballs and add to the pan with the onions, brown on each side, reduce heat if they're cooking too fast and add additional oil if necessary.
  5. Preheat oven to 370 degrees.
  6. Prepare the sauce by combining all of the ingredients and heating in a saucepan for 10 minutes. (I let the meatballs soak in this sauce overnight before cooking them in the oven, this can enrich the flavor)
  7. Place the meatballs, onion mixture, and sauce in a baking dish or cast iron skillet. Top with provolone or mozzarella cheese and cook for 20 minutes, (check on it after 15.) Once cheese is hot and bubbly, remove, and top with thyme or parsley.
  8. Prepare to be amazed :)
Nutrition Facts
French Onion Soup Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 129 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 34mg11%
Sodium 332mg14%
Potassium 107mg3%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 105IU2%
Vitamin C 0.4mg0%
Calcium 49mg5%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.