Zuppa di Cipolle

Onion Soup

Preparation info
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Appears in
A Lombardian Cookbook

By Alessandro Pavoni and Roberta Muir

Published 2015

  • About

This dish is similar to French onion soup, only lighter. This isn’t surprising given that it was the cooks of an Italian princess – Caterina de’ Medici, who married King Henry II of France – that taught the household staff of the French court how to cook!


  • 70 g unsalted butter
  • 1 kg onions, thinly sliced
  • cup


Melt the butter in a large heavy-based saucepan over low heat. Stir in the onion and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, for 50 minutes or until soft and lightly coloured. Add the flour, sage and salt and pepper to taste and cook for another 4 minutes. Add the wine and cook for 2–3 minutes or until it has evaporated.

Add the stock and return to the boil, then reduce the heat to low an