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Classic French Onion Soup

Apple juice is the secret ingredient in this soup. Its mellow flavor balances out the strong flavors of the white wine and onions and gives the soup a subtle sweetness.

Oxmoor House JANUARY 2005

  • Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 1 1/4 cups soup, 2 slices toast, 1 1/2 tablespoons cheese, and 1 teaspoon parsley)
  • Cook time: 1 Hour, 4 Minutes
  • Prep time: 20 Minutes


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 8 cups thinly sliced sweet onion (about 3 large)
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 4 cups low-salt beef broth
  • 1 (10 1/2-ounce) can beef consomm√©
  • 12 (1/2-inch-thick) slices diagonally cut French bread
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded light Jarlsberg cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


Melt butter in a large Dutch oven over medium-low heat; add onion. Cover and cook 30 minutes or until dark brown, stirring occasionally. Add wine and apple juice; bring to a boil. Boil, uncovered, 10 minutes or until liquid is reduced to about 1/2 cup. Stir in broth and consommé; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes.

Preheat broiler.

Arrange bread slices on a large baking sheet. Broil 1 minute on each side or until golden.

Place 6 (2-cup) ovenproof bowls or soup crocks on a large baking sheet. Spoon soup into bowls. Top each bowl of soup with 2 slices toasted French bread, 1 1/2 tablespoons cheese, and 1 teaspoon parsley. Broil 2 to 3 minutes or just until cheese melts.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 275
  • Fat: 5.6g
  • Saturated fat: 2.9g
  • Protein: 14.4g
  • Carbohydrate: 42.6g
  • Cholesterol: 15mg
  • Iron: 1.5mg
  • Sodium: 779mg
  • Calories from fat: 18%
  • Fiber: 3.9g
  • Calcium: 278mg

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