French Onion Rice Bake


It only takes 4 ingredients to make this easy French Onion Soup Rice side dish that is packed full of flavor!  It goes wonderfully with any main course and is great to serve to guests.

It only takes 4 ingredients to make this easy French Onion Soup Rice side dish that is packed full of flavor!  It goes wonderfully with any main course and is great to serve to guests.

I saw this recipe floating around Pinterest years ago and knew I had to make it right away.  The original recipe is actually called “Stick of Butter Rice”.  Yep, you heard me right – a STICK of butter in this recipe.  I mean, it’s not like you’re eating the whole dish as it serves 6 people.  Therefore, I wanted to change the name as to not scare off any healthy eaters out there.

French Onion Soup Rice takes only four ingredients to make and tastes delicious as a side dish.

This french onion rice bake is the perfect side dish for any meal and is most definitely holiday dinner worthy, which is why I’m sharing it so close to Thanksgiving.  Everyone loves a good ol’ fluffy mound of mashed potatoes on their plate alongside their turkey, but how about adding something different this year?  Don’t be afraid of change (I’m totally talking to myself here, mostly).  I hate change!  You can throw this together in a hot minute and concentrate on your other, more high-maintenance side dishes (and high-maintenance dinner guests you may have….ha, ha…sorry, I had to).  It tastes like French onion soup turned into a rice dish!

Serve this french onion rice bake with a roast, chicken dish….the sky is the limit.  Check out my collection of Thanksgiving recipes if you need some inspiration!  It’s all together for you in one post because I’m super helpful like that.

French Onion Soup Rice with only 4 ingredients is a great Christmas or Thanksgiving side dish.

French Onion Soup Rice
Recipe type: side dish
Cuisine: French
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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Serves: 6
It only takes 4 ingredients to make this easy French Onion Rice Bake side dish that is packed full of flavor! It goes wonderfully with any main course.
  • 1 c. uncooked white rice (NOT instant rice - this will cook too quickly and get mushy)
  • 1 (10 oz) can of Condensed French Onion Soup
  • 1 (10 oz) can of Beef Broth
  • ½ c. of butter, sliced
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. In a 9x9 inch baking dish (8x8 would also work fine) combine rice, soup and broth.
  3. Cut butter into slices and place on top of the mixture.
  4. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  5. Remove cover and bake 30 minutes more.

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23 Responses to “French Onion Rice Bake”

  1. November 19, 2015 at 4:06 AM #

    I think this is the perfect side dish for the upcoming Festive Season and yes the butter is divided into portions so it can´t be too bad 😉

  2. November 19, 2015 at 8:33 AM #

    Haha – I can see why you changed the title. “Stick of butter rice” would definitely scare me! 🙂

  3. November 19, 2015 at 9:58 AM #

    Haha – In talking yourself into accepting change, Ashley you have convinced me too! This is a wonderful side instead of mashed potatoes!

  4. November 19, 2015 at 10:53 AM #

    oooh this is very similar to a rice dish e make-but even better!

  5. November 20, 2015 at 4:27 PM #

    I love rice dishes … they are just the best! This dish looks wonderful!

  6. November 23, 2015 at 7:07 AM #

    Interesting way to change-up plain rice for a tasty side dish!

  7. November 23, 2015 at 11:57 AM #

    This is the kind of thing I can go to town on. Looks like such a flavorful rice. It would be excellent next to my turkey!

  8. Mellie
    February 18, 2016 at 10:29 PM #

    Oh my this was great! This came out tender as could be, for me in about 27mi to be exact. It had a great aroma and was perfect. I would recommend this recipe to anyone.
    Thanks for taking the time to share it with me!!!!!

    • February 22, 2016 at 6:06 PM #

      Thank you for your nice comment!! I’m so glad you liked it! Thanks for coming back to tell me 🙂

  9. Pat
    February 25, 2016 at 10:38 PM #

    Can this recipe be doubled into a 9×13 pan? I need to serve over 10 people. Or should I make 2 9×9?

    • February 25, 2016 at 10:39 PM #

      You can definitely double it in that size pan! -Ashley

  10. Nancy
    May 11, 2016 at 5:41 PM #

    I made this a few nights ago and just got a request from my husband to make it again tonight! Needless to say it goes into my regular dinner rotation. We are making it a main dish by adding meat. I added browned hamburger the first time (recommend you stir it half way through baking) and tonight I’m adding kielbasa. I’ve also added some jalapeños both times because we like things kicked up a bit.
    Thanks so much for recipe-a definite hit here in our home!!

    • May 13, 2016 at 10:46 AM #

      Thank you so much for coming back to let me know! So glad you loved it 🙂 -Ashley

  11. cathy
    November 18, 2016 at 1:31 PM #

    How would riced cauliflower work in this recipe

  12. Randi
    December 29, 2016 at 7:55 PM #

    Has anyone added chicken to this?

    • Heather
      January 5, 2017 at 6:01 PM #

      I’m fixing to try this tonight and put chicken breasts on top and sprinkle with the liptons dry onion soup mix.

  13. Judy Ford
    February 6, 2017 at 2:23 PM #

    I’ve made this rice recipe for many years. The original recipe called for a stick of butter, but I now use half a stick. I sometimes add a can of drained mushrooms. Good with almost anything but especially beef. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Patty
    February 21, 2017 at 5:24 PM #

    Could I use chicken broth instead ?

    • February 21, 2017 at 5:25 PM #

      Sure! Just will change the taste a bit. 😊

  15. Wendy
    March 7, 2017 at 12:21 PM #

    I want to make this, but was wondering if you used long or medium grain rice?

  16. Allison
    June 3, 2017 at 8:36 PM #

    Can this be made in a crockpot? Does more liquid need to be added?

    • June 3, 2017 at 8:37 PM #

      I definitely would because the longer it cooks the more liquid it’s going to soak up. I’ve never done it in the crock Pot. If you’re looking for a way to just keep it hot for a long period of time, I would cook it normal in the oven and transfer it to a crock Pot on the warm setting. I’m just worried about it drying out if it sits or cooks too long.

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