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Copycat Panera Bistro French Onion Soup

Copycat Panera Bistro French Onion Soup
Copycat Panera Bistro French Onion Soup
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This Copycat Panera Bistro French Onion Soup is a cheesy delight. This Panera soup recipe is loaded with caramelized onions, thyme, and basil to bring out the distinctive flavors. Beef broth, sherry, and a touch of balsamic vinegar all give the onion soup recipe a robust and bold taste. Two types of cheese garnish the top of the soup. Broil the soup for the signature melted cheese crust. This copycat soup is a must-try!

Ingredients
  • 4 sweet onions, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 1800 milliliters sodium reduced beef broth
  • 1/4 cup sherry
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic reduction
  • cheese croutons
  • shredded gruyere and asiago, for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, saute sliced onions with the butter and olive oil.
  2. Add the sugar as this will help caramelize.
  3. Cook for 20-30 minutes until nicely browned. Add the thyme, basil, and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cook for 1 minute.
  4. Add the beef broth and let simmer for 30 minutes. Add the sherry and the vinegar. Simmer for additional 5 minutes.
  5. Pour into individual bowls. Garnish with croutons and cheese. Serve immediately. If you would like melted cheese, broil the soup for a minute.
Notes

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French Onion soup is my husband's favourite and I'm always looking for new recipes to try. This one looks really good and quite simple. Some of the recipes I've seem before look very time consuming. This recipe doesn't specify which type of onions to use, I wonder if regular yellow onions would be ok? I also wonder if I could use regular beef broth and balsamic instead of reductions? Has anyone tried those substitutions?

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