Photo: John Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr
Total Time
2 Hours 10 Mins
10 servings

How to Make It

Step 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.

Step 2

Preheat broiler.

Step 3

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

Step 4

Preheat oven to 500°.

Step 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.

Ratings & Reviews

ajvogt's Review

February 24, 2012
Great recipe! Slightly sweet and not as salty as traditional french onion soup. I used apple juice instead of cider.

Great but needed a little less vinegar

October 13, 2017
This turned out great and we really enjoyed this. The only issue we had is that it had a bit too much vinegar. I added a little baking soda to take away the acid and it was perfect.  

snickers38's Review

March 05, 2011
Great flavor-better than most restaurants. It is a hearty, filling soup. Made it with the mediera wine and pink lady apple and it was terrific. I wouldn't change a thing.

laebrown's Review

January 15, 2012
Savory and delicious! In my resolution to eat more vegetarian, I didn't even miss the meat in this (beef stock, of course, if a bit of a cheat). This dish served an entire party of 9 as an appetizer, and got rave reviews all around. The apples give the dish a nice sweetness without obstructing texture and overall savoriness. Used regular apple juice in lieu of cider, and the sherry could easily be substituted for broth or more juice. Will definitely be making this again. :D

ptcrew's Review

October 20, 2013
Make this recipe only if you want some wonderful French Onion soup! My boyfriend said this was the best he had ever had ( I agree with him!) This is going in my make again file. I made the soup in the morning and cooked the soup later on in the day. It worked out perfect! I served with some French bread and a salad.

jstowe's Review

November 21, 2011
Excellent french onion. Just enough sweet, savory and creamy!

nicolecorsi's Review

May 01, 2011
Some people might be put off by the time it takes to make this recipe. My only advise... clear your schedule. This soup is certainly worth the wait. Not only will it tease you by making your house smell DELICIOUS, it will certainly satisfy your occasional need for rich, good for you food. With no apple cider on hand, we just used the dry mix that you usually only think of around the Holidays. Superb recipe, I will definitely make again... soon!

AnglWords's Review

November 23, 2014
It was good, but too sweet for me. I love the smell while it's cooking.

jjsandiego's Review

December 17, 2011
My husband and 5 year old both loved this! The gruyere cheese was a bit pricey but worth using. Definitely would make again.

MarcyCooks's Review

March 12, 2011
Made it for Cooking Club - delicous. So good I made it the next day for my family. Everyone including the picky 12 year old enjoyed!