French Onion and Apple Soup

French Onion and Apple Soup Recipe
Photo: John Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr


10 servings
Total time: 2 Hours, 10 Minutes

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Total: 2 Hours, 10 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 254
Fat 11 g
Satfat 6.4 g
Monofat 3.1 g
Polyfat 0.7 g
Protein 11.1 g
Carbohydrate 29.2 g
Fiber 4.1 g
Cholesterol 33 mg
Iron 1.1 mg
Sodium 426 mg
Calcium 278 mg


3 tablespoons unsalted butter
15 cups sliced yellow onion (about 4 pounds)
3/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 Honeycrisp or Pink Lady apple, peeled, quartered, and cut into julienne strips
3 thyme sprigs
2 bay leaves
1/2 cup Madeira wine or dry sherry
6 cups lower-sodium beef broth
1/2 cup apple cider
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
10 (1/2-ounce) slices sourdough bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 cups (8 ounces) grated Gruyère or Swiss cheese
Thyme leaves (optional)


1. Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion to pan; cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Continue cooking 50 minutes or until deep golden brown, stirring occasionally. Add pepper, apple, thyme sprigs, and bay leaves; cook 3 minutes or until apples soften. Add wine; cook 2 minutes, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Add broth and cider; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 45 minutes. Discard bay leaves; stir in vinegar.

2. Preheat broiler.

3. Arrange bread cubes in a single layer on a jelly-roll pan; broil 2 minutes or until toasted, turning after 1 minute.

4. Preheat oven to 500°.

5. Ladle 1 cup soup into each of 10 ovenproof soup bowls. Divide the croutons evenly among bowls, and top each serving with about 3 tablespoons cheese. Place bowls on jelly-roll pan. Bake at 500° for 8 minutes or until cheese melts. Garnish with thyme leaves, if desired.