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French Onion Rice {Simple and Flavorful Rice Side Dish}

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French Onion Rice is an easy flavored rice recipe that you can make with Campbell’s French Onion Soup.  This basmati rice recipe is full of wonderful French onion flavor. This onion rice is a quick and easy rice side dish you are going to love. Looking for rice side dishes? Look no further!

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Rice Side Dishes

Rice side dishes were a staple in my house growing up. Why? It is because rice side dishes are so simple and cheap to make.

Campbell’s Kitchen

Campbell’s Soup has some great recipes that come out of the Campbell’s Kitchen. What makes Campbell’s kitchen recipes so great is they are quick and easy. Using the quick and easy methods of recipes that come out of the Campbell’s soup kitchen, was my inspiration for this flavorful rice recipe.

Basmati Rice Recipes

Basmati rice is the rice I prefer to use when I cook up any rice recipe. I love the texture and flavor that basmati rice recipes offer. Plus basmati rice soaks up a can of French onion soup so nicely too.

French Onion Rice on a white plate on dark slate and a rope

Flavored Rice Recipes

Rice side dishes can become flavored very easily. That is the beauty of rice side dish recipes, you can add flavor to the boring old rice. This flavorful rice is a flavored rice recipe because of the french onion soup.

Creating a cooking solution that the basmati rice cooks in is the vital step in making this French Onion Soup rice a flavored rice recipe. What is nice too, you could actually substitute another condensed soup if you like for flavorful rice if you want.

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French Onion Rice Recipe

I said it before on posts like Poorman’s Meatball Soup That being on a budget makes the best recipes. Sometimes I am between paychecks, and I need to figure out what I will eat before the next paycheck arrives. That is when you get creative.

In being creative, I have to use what I have in the cupboard. Sometimes, when I am craving something, getting creative also helps me come up with the best recipes as well.

Recipes On A Budget

Both were the case when comes to this rice side dish. Hate to admit this but paycheck to paycheck living does help you figure out how to spice up a poor man’s meal. It is because we have to make the recipe work with what we have I think.

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Rice Recipe Craving

I was craving rice, but not the normal white, buttery rice. I didn’t want a Rice-a-Roni either. So I looked through the cupboard and spotted the Campbell’s French Onion Soup.

How To Make French Onion Rice

The idea struck me, why not boil rice in the soup. I also knew I needed a bit more of a French Onion flavor if I wanted to call this French Onion Rice. Grated parmesan was the answer.

Getting Creative With French Onion Rice

You need that cheese ingredient if you wanted to make a French Onion Rice. The end result was delicious, just what I was craving. Plus you can really get creative with this rice side dish.

How? Add some leftover grilled steak, chicken, even shrimp to the basmati rice recipe. How about maybe adding some roasted garlic to this flavored rice?

The sky the limit if you want to use this French Onion Rice as a base recipe. I, however, liked it plain french onion rice. If you get creative with this French Onion Rice recipe, let me know!

Close up of French Onion Rice on a white plate on dark slate and a rope

Yield: 6 Servings

French Onion Rice Recipe


French Onion Rice is an easy rice dish you can make with French onion soup and is full of wonderful flavor.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1 can (10.5 oz) Campbell's French Onion Soup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan


  1. In a pot combine the Campbell's French Onion Soup and water together. Bring to a boil.
  2. Next, add the rice.
  3. Lower the heat and allow the rice to simmer.
  4. Continue stirring the rice till all the liquid is absorbed by the rice.
  5. Take the rice off of the heat. Add the grated Parmesan and mix everything thoroughly. 
  6. Serve it up and ENJOY!



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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 131Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 213mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 5g

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Terry Dietrich

Monday 24th of January 2022

Can I use powdered Parmesan if I do not have freshly grated?

Deanna Samaan

Friday 11th of February 2022

Yes you can, make sure taste it to make sure to your liking


Saturday 8th of May 2021

Do I have to use basmati rice? I have a large supply of parboiled rice.

Deanna Samaan

Monday 10th of May 2021

I had a few people use different rice for this recipe. You should be fine


Friday 17th of April 2020

My mom made this all the time when I was growing up except she never added cheese at the end. She used to toast the rice briefly in a pan with a little oil then add the soup then fill the empty soup can with water and add to pot and cook. We all loved it and probably had it once a week. I’m going to try the addition of cheese sounds delicious!


Wednesday 8th of January 2020

Can I substitute long grain rice?

Deanna Samaan

Thursday 9th of January 2020

I think you can, you may have to add a bit more water


Monday 18th of June 2018

This sounds delicious! Thanks for the link.

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