Costco Cuisine Adventures French Onion Soup Review

When throwing a dinner party, it’s easy to get swept up in the multicourseness of it all. And when it comes to dinner parties, Thanksgiving may be one of the biggest of the year — and it is all about the food.

If you happen to be one of those ethereal, bubbly hosting wizards, you probably already know that hosting is hard work (especially if you make it look easy!). For example, when I was reading a 1952 hostess guide (there are so many of them!), I learned that to be a good hostess, everything has to be homemade, everything has to be perfect, and your dress is an A-line silhouette. Fortunately, today’s standards have changed: wearing pants is now an option, and hosting doesn’t mean doing everything from scratch. Smart hosts even know when to take smart shortcuts so they can spend quality time with their guests.

As any good host knows, you never know when or where inspiration will strike. For me, it was in the aisles of Costco that I came across a clever shortcut—in the freezer, between 72-pack boxes of toaster waffles and giant six-pound bags of Italian meatballs. Cuisine Adventures French Onion Soup immediately caught my attention, for two main reasons.

What’s so great about French Onion Soup from Cuisine Adventures?

First, French onion soup requires a ton of onions. While onions aren’t expensive, there’s a lot of work involved in halving, peeling, and slicing 10, 12, 50, or a billion onions (I don’t know how much soup you’re making). Second, a good French onion soup takes time: broth, a little wine, some spices, and letting all those onions become friends in the pot can take at least a few hours. At just $10.99 for six servings, this Costco version is almost cheaper (in some cases, literally cheaper!) than buying all the ingredients to make it yourself.

I don’t know about you, but I’d rather deal with people than with onions. So I imagine for Thanksgiving, or your birthday, or a party where you have people over, this frozen French onion soup would be the perfect hands-off first course. I was delighted to discover that this soup came packaged in individual, vacuum-sealed cylindrical portions, perfect for putting in a bowl and microwaving, which is one of the preparation methods listed on the box.

I was also pleasantly surprised by the flavor of the soup – hearty and savory, with a slight sweetness from the onions. Unsurprisingly, though, the croutons placed on top didn’t really get crispy in the microwave (it might if you cooked this in the oven), but that’s nothing an extra toast couldn’t fix.

If you’re going to make Cuisine Adventures French Onion Soup, a few tips

What holiday shortcuts will you buy at Costco this year? Tell us in the comments.

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