French Onion Rice {Simple and Flavorful Rice Side Dish}

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Last Updated on September 17, 2020 by Deanna Samaan

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 was 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 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 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.


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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.


Cooking Tip:


They’ll keep longer that way, so you’ll always be able to add fresh lemon juice to everything from dressings to cocktails. Plus, you can use the squeezed rinds to clean and deodorize your wooden cutting boards.

– Source: Epicurious


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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 pay check to pay check 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!


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Yield: 6 Servings

French Onion Rice Recipe

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

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


  • 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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  • Carlee
    February 19, 2017

    That looks delicious and the pictures are great! And this weather? Who’d have thought it would be shorts weather in February? I’m certainly not complaining!

    • Dee
      February 19, 2017

      I’m not complaining! I am loving this spring weather!!

      Thank you so much! I happy to see the improvements in my photos 🙂

  • Sarah
    February 23, 2017

    Not only do I love the flavor profile of this….but it seems so easy to make! What a perfect dish!

    • Deanna Samaan
      February 26, 2017

      It is so easy plus flavorful! That is what makes so good 🙂 Thank you!

      • Carol Aguilar
        February 22, 2018

        I added some cubed rotisserie chicken and made a meal out of it. It was a hit!

        • Deanna
          February 23, 2018

          That is awesome!!! I am glad it was a hit, ohh I like the idea of the chicken! that sounds really good 🙂

  • Bintu - Recipes From A Pantry
    February 23, 2017

    I have never thought of combining rice and French onion soup but it seems to work!

    • Deanna Samaan
      February 26, 2017

      Honestly, it was a spur of the moment decision and it worked! Thank you!

  • Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours
    February 23, 2017

    I sit here with a storm blowing outside, heating up high. I think it’s a slight contrast to the weather you mention. I love simple dishes like this, with few ingredients to make a tasty meal. Great that a tin of Cambell’s soup can be so useful.

    • Deanna Samaan
      February 26, 2017

      The weather here is bipolar one day it was 70 degrees the next 30. Thank you so much 🙂

  • Christine
    February 23, 2017

    This looks delicious! Your photos look great!

  • Emily | Oat&Sesame
    February 23, 2017

    I know what you mean about the warm weather! I wish I had more time to practice my photography! Hopefully this summer! I love the sound of this rice recipe too!

    • Deanna Samaan
      February 26, 2017

      It been crazy with this on and off warm weather. That is my goal to go out and practice my photography 🙂

  • Adam J. Holland
    February 25, 2017

    This recipe stands on its own, but the really cool thing about it is that it serves as a base for endless add-ins. Good job, Deanna. I’m bookmarking this.

    • Deanna Samaan
      February 26, 2017

      Thank you so much Adam! It is a good starter, Funny thing is I made it on a whim and turned out sooo good 🙂 I love to see your version of it!

  • Christie
    January 7, 2018

    I love recipes like this. Sometimes the best ones are born out of necessity. I will definitely be trying this one soon. We eat a lot of rice. #carbhoor

    • Deanna
      January 7, 2018

      Some of my best recipes are from when broke and had to use what I have in the cupboard 🙂

  • Sandra Shaffer
    January 7, 2018

    What a tasty way to add some flavor to rice. This would pair nicely with baked chicken!

  • Julie
    January 8, 2018

    I can see why this recipe is so popular! I’m always looking for delicious simple side dishes and this one checks all of those boxes!

  • [email protected]'s Dinnertime Dish
    January 8, 2018

    This rice sounds delicious, Deanna! It would be a perfect side dish with so many different things!

  • Michaela Kenkel
    January 8, 2018

    Looks delicious!! Perfect flavors!!

  • Debra C.
    January 8, 2018

    Yep, I could certainly make a meal outa this. I didn’t know rice could have this much flavor, YUM!

  • Dan from Platter Talk
    January 9, 2018

    Such a unique and obviously delicious idea here; I love French onion soup and your twist on this classic is making my mouth water.

  • Kim @ Berly's Kitchen
    January 15, 2018

    I could eat tons and tons of this! Love rice and onions. Yum!

  • Gina
    February 10, 2018

    Oh wow!!! I can see why this is a popular recipe!! YUM!

  • Patricia
    February 21, 2018

    So how can I get the recipe?

    • Deanna
      February 21, 2018

      Looks like the recipe plugin was down, but back up and one the blog

  • Camilla Hawkins
    February 21, 2018

    What a brilliant idea, I bet this rice tastes amazing:-) Thanks for linking to my dish:-)

    • Deanna
      February 21, 2018

      You are so welcome!! Thank you!

  • Dawn
    April 4, 2018

    So is the 1 cup rice dry when you put it in or already cooked?

    • Deanna
      April 4, 2018

      Yes it dry rice The soup water will cook it

      • Jen
        October 23, 2019

        Hi! I’ll be using long grain brown rice (the kind that comes in a bag and takes a half hour to cook) should I cover it when it’s simmering?

        • Deanna
          October 27, 2019

          I would, but watch it as it does

  • Dahn
    June 18, 2018

    This sounds delicious! Thanks for the link.

  • Tammy
    January 8, 2020

    Can I substitute long grain rice?

    • Deanna Samaan
      January 9, 2020

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

  • Susan
    April 17, 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!