Last Updated on December 1, 2020
If you’ve ever been to a cafe that does soups, such as the Panera Bread franchise, you may have come across French onion soup on the menu. It’s a delightful soup, with a tasty broth, onions, Swiss cheese, and croutons — the perfect meal for a cold day.
Every once in a while, Aldi rotates in their version of the soup. It’s $3.99 and found in the frozen section, and it comes in a small, two-serving cardboard box with the Bremer label on it:
Inside the Bremer Bistro French Onion Soup box are two frozen bricks of soup. Literally. Each frozen brick is wrapped in plastic, and to make the soup all you have to do is pull them out of the plastic, cook them, and then eat.
The box gives you two options: microwave or conventional oven. Most of the time, when we face such a decision, we lean oven, since most things turn out better that way. In this case, we still lean oven, but be aware that there is a substantial difference in cook time and required cookware. The microwave directions take about 5-10 minutes; the oven takes 40 and needs some oven-specific cookware. We still suggest the oven directions, as the soup comes out better that way, but you’ll need some foresight if you plan to do so.
There is a bit of an art to both cooking instructions. The microwave instructions call for 3 minutes, stirring, then 2 more minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees. The instructions warn that the microwave approach will mix the cheese in the soup, so for those purists who want a true French onion soup experience, the instructions also suggest adding your favorite cheese and broiling the soup in a conventional oven for two minutes. This gives the soup its iconic golden brown topping.
The oven method, likewise, takes a bit of work. The directions call for cooking the soup at 400 degrees for 40 minutes and until the cheese is golden brown, or until the internal temperature is 160 degrees. Unlike the microwave method, the oven method will produce a soup with cheese on top, but the oven method has its own complications. For one, the instructions don’t specify what to cook in; we use smaller Corningware dishes resting inside a large Pyrex dish, but whatever you use, make sure it’s oven-safe and large enough to accommodate the soup as it melts.
Also, as an additional oven tip: depending on what you use to cook them, the frozen soup bricks may slide around some in the containers you use. This can result in the cheese settling on the side of your dish and crusting on the dish rather than the soup itself. To prevent this, take a spoon and push the brick toward the center of your dish sometime around the 20 minute mark. Also, the soup will come out of the oven scalding hot, so give it a little time to cool.
So how is it? While a true soup aficionado would probably tell you there is no substitute for a homemade cafe soup, this is a pretty good substitute, all things considered. It tastes good and has a nice cheese coating on top. It doesn’t have quite the quantity of croutons that I’d like, but that’s not a terribly difficult thing to fix. It’s much better than what you’d get out of a can, and since it’s Aldi, the price is pretty good, especially for the quality.
It takes a little bit of work to make it, but the payoff is a good French onion soup that is a lot less hassle than a homemade version, a lot cheaper than a cafe one, and a lot better than what you’d get out of a can. Just make sure to follow our tips and you’ll be good to go. Definitely recommended.
Aldi’s in Florida has in now.
Thanks, Dave! I’ll be on the lookout near me.
I hate Aldi’s! It’s not even possible to call the store to check if the French Onion Soup is in stock. I’ve made two trips on a busy road, only to find that they didn’t have it. No more.
The best way to know if a product is in stock at your local Aldi is to keep an eye on the weekly ads.
Thank you had no idea they carried it!!!
Is this beef broth
Would love to get this onion soup again should be a all year product
I’m eating it right now and although it is delicious, I don’t like the soggy croutons. 🙁
Vegetable broth…100% vegetarian, and really delicious.
Also sold year-round at Trader Joe’s.
As it happens, we just recently took the Trader Joe’s soup for a spin:
Here is a link to the Montreal based company that produces this soup for Aldi and Trader Joe’s.
I have always eaten french onion soups at restaurants (particularly Panera Bread) and I loved them, delicious.
I bought from Aldi few weeks ago the Bremer Bistro French Onion Soup thinking that I would enjoy it.
It was a great deception. It was far – far from those made fresh. I could say that without knowing that was written on box that is french onion soup, I would had never guess it was that type of soup. It was a joke. I am surprise there are so many favorable reviews. Can’t believe it was such soup produced for selling. Where they were the tasting specialists before it was released for selling?
I wouldn’t recommend to buy it, go to a restaurant instead. If you have money, of course. If you do not have too much money, do not spend it on buying this product – Bremer Bistro French Onion Soup.
Best tasting French onion soup ever. I fix it in the microwave and love it. Bummer that it’s not available all the time in the store☹️
Trader Joe sells Cuisine Adventures brand at $4.99 for a pkg of two. Kroger used to sell it for $3.99 and often had it on special. They discontinued it a couple of years ago, and say they say they can’t re-order it. I get it at Trader Joe. After 3 minutes in the microwave, I add more croutons and a lot of shredded mozzarella cheese and bake for 20 minutes. It’s wonderful!
I love Aldi and I hope that there will be more built close to my home in Florida. Many of the produce I purchase there are not only lower priced than anywhere else, but they actually have longer shelf life. The ony product I bought there and just hated it is the Bremer Bistro Onion Soup. It is sickeningly sweet and the cheese did not melt well. We could not eat it.