French Onion Soup


French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup
45 Min

There's a secret ingredient in this easy French Onion Soup that will surprise you. We took one bite of this rich, beefy, cheesy soup and said, as the French do, "oo-la-la!" When dinner is this internationally fancy, there's no reason to wait; try it for yourself and see why this is one of the most popular onion soup recipes we have ever shared!

What You'll Need

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 5 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup dry red wine
  • 4 (1-inch) slices French bread, toasted
  • 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese

What to Do

  1. In a soup pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add onions and cook 25 minutes, or until golden, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add beef broth, apple cider, and black pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, stir in Parmesan cheese and wine, and cook 3 to 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted and soup is heated through.
  3. Preheat broiler. Place bread on a baking sheet and sprinkle with equal amounts of the Swiss cheese. Broil 3 to 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
  4. Pour soup into bowls and top each with a slice of toasted cheese bread; serve.

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This reminds me of the soup I like to get at Panera. Looks delicious!

Wonderful soup! Did not have any apple cider so I substituted apple juice 2/3 c and 1/3 c white wine. Added a little beef bouillon to raise the beef flavor from the broth I had. Also did not have french bread but had sandwich rounds that I toasted with some shredded Swiss cheese on top and then floated on my soup. Will use this recipe again when the french onion soup craving hits!

Love French onion soup ,but usually make it with beef broth toast slices of Italian bread float bread on top of each bowl then put shredded or sliced cheese on top slip in broiler for a minute to bubble This recipe sounds really good wonder if I can use apple juice instead of apple cider I always have apple juice in the house

Great question, yes you can use apple juice in stead of apple cider. Enjoy!

Good Grief. My Mother taught me that if I didn't have something nice to say... It's just a recipe, try it or don't. And by the way - I think it sounds wonderful! Adding it to my grocery list now.

Very good. The cider adds a savory flavor. I especially enjoy the hilarious, bossy comments from omnipotent readers. It's soo funny!

Very good. The cider makes it extra savory. But my favorite thing about Mr Food s recipes are the hilarious, bossy comments from omnipotent readers. It's soo funny!

Well, it's a shame that this is not the French recipe for French onion soup. I have the recipe from France and it is delicious. Sorry not going to share. But, enjoy a "not French onion soup!!!"

Why bother replying if you are not gonna share recipe.

Okay. DON'T share. But know that the French recipe for French Onion Soup can be found all over the internet. Oops--There it is again!

What a pompous ass you are. I have 1/2 dozen recipes for "French Onion Soup", and every one of them gets rave reviews when served. This is like arguing what region makes the best BBQ - they're ALL good, but I/we all have preferences. "French Onion Soup" is called "French Onion Soup" more for a serving style of onion soup than authenticity. And if you travel France, you'll likely discover different regions make it - differently...

Gee, thanks so much for your waste-of-time unhelpful response.

Honestly, these people that are so obsessed with nutritional values should just have a book that lists all food items and their values. I believe any home cooked meal made with common sense is fine for anyone to eat, if you are watching fat, use something else, if you limit salt, use salt substitute. You should be more worried about the problems with our food supply with all the chemicals, pesticides, genetic modified, etc., otherwise, buy some premade frozen food, it lists all your values you obsess over.

Sounds yummy! None of my onion soup recipes has cider in them, am looking forward to trying it!

Not seeing the secret ingredient here. Always used these ingredients for French Onion Soup. Thanks.

It's the cider.

Leave the Cheese out, just put a slice on the top of bowl, EZer to open a can of Resturant pack Campbells soup heat and serve.

Try substituting BEER for the cider, an idea I got from the best french onion soup I had from a local brewery's restaurant! It really will be phenominal!

dlita 13 5413221 should be fired for her NASTY replies. If she works for Mr Food she is not portraying him very well. I also would like the recipe nutrition of the recipes. You said you wanted to improve the site in honor of Mr Food, then why not add the nutritional value to the recipes. I know this willl not make it to the site but I loved Mr Food and he deserves respect.

The comments posted from anyone other than us does not work for the Mr. Food Test Kitchen. As far as the nutritional information for our recipes, that is something we are working on. There is quite a bit involved so that the information is accurate, but we are getting closer everyday. We appreciate your patience while we work towards giving our customers every feature possible to make our site better!

Why don't you have the nutritional value for recipes you have?

Yes I woud also love the nutritional values for this soup as I am on the Weight Watchers Diet Plan. Sounds delish!

If you really need the nutritional values, you can go to The website allows you to input recipes with ingredients, directions and servings. It will then calculate the values for you. I use it all the time.

Or you can look up the nutritional information using the USDA foods list https//

Do you have the nutritional value for this recipe? It sounds delicious.

I like the idea of apple cider. I will definitely try this. Also, I like the idea of using Swiss Cheese.

Have made this Soup about five times over the last 5 years after I saw the show in Rockford Illinois. It is great! Especially after it has sat for a day and warmed the next day!

Finally some positive comments.Was going to try it anyway, but nice to see positive people loke Mr Food was still exist. God Bless and thanks


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