Copycat Panera Bistro French Onion Soup
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!
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- 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
In a large pot, saute sliced onions with the butter and olive oil.
Add the sugar as this will help caramelize.
Cook for 20-30 minutes until nicely browned. Add the thyme, basil, and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cook for 1 minute.
Add the beef broth and let simmer for 30 minutes. Add the sherry and the vinegar. Simmer for additional 5 minutes.
Pour into individual bowls. Garnish with croutons and cheese. Serve immediately. If you would like melted cheese, broil the soup for a minute.
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