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Copycat Applebee's French Onion Soup


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Copycat Applebee's French Onion Soup
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Love that French onion soup you get at restaurants like Applebee's? Now you can make your very own French onion soup with this copycat Applebee's French Onion Soup dish. Copycat restaurant recipes are perfect for weeknight dinners and more. Serve up a smile with this warm and comforting meal. It's the perfect starter to pair with an entree of chicken, steak or anything else you feel like.

This soup is cozy and filling, and the easy cheesy homemade croutons complement this French onion soup recipe perfectly. This copycat recipe is just the thing to warm up you and your family on a chilly afternoon. You can create a restaurant-quality meal but still keep the comfort of home with this Copycat Applebee’s French Onion Soup recipe. 

Serves: 10

Cooking Time: 1 hr


1 tablespoon olive oil
2 ½ pounds mild onions, peeled, cut in half lengthwise and thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, very finely minced
8 cups beef stock
1 cup water
2 teaspoons salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
5 hamburger buns
10 thin slices Provolone cheese
10 teaspoons Parmesan cheese


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  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. In a large heavy bottom soup pot, heat the oil and sauté the onions over medium low heat, stirring only a few times, until they begin to brown, about 15 minutes (see note). Add the garlic and stir for 1 minute until very fragrant. Raise the heat, add the beef stock, water, salt, and pepper and bring soup to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for 45 minutes.
  3. While soup is cooking, slice the “crown” top off each of the hamburger buns, giving you 10 rounds of approximately the same size. Place on a cookie sheet and bake 20 minutes.
  4. Remove and change oven temperature to broil.
  5. When the soup is cooked, taste and adjust seasonings as desired. (see note)
  6. Ladle soup into individual soup bowls, top each with a crouton, then with a slice of Provolone and a sprinkle of Parmesan. Broil about 5 minutes until cheese is melted and beginning to become a golden brown. Sprinkle each with a bit more Parmesan and serve immediately. 
  • To increase the sweet onion flavor, you may extend the cooking time to 25 minutes or longer, but keep an eye on the pot so that the onions get a lovely gold caramel color and do not burn and get bitter. Stir only occasionally so that they brown evenly.
  • If you wish your soup to have a deep rich beef-y flavor, using the best beef broth possible is the key. You can also add a few drops of Worcestershire sauce and or soy sauce -  you will not taste these ingredients but they will add a deep “meaty” flavor to the soup.


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Not my favorite version of French onion soup, but the cheesy crouton was genius! I bet it would taste good with any soup.

Didn't have the full, rich flavor that I love in restaurant French onion soups, but this was really good for a homemade version!

I LOVED the cheesy "crouton", it's full of flavor and perfect for dipping in soup!

This was a great soup for a cool day. I especially loved the large, cheesy "crouton"!


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