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a classic bistro style french onion soup served in a bowl with a spoon and topped with a layer of melted cheese
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Classic French Onion Soup

Classic French onion soup is a sure fire way to please your whole family. This Panera Bread copycat recipe gives you the taste of their famous soup at home anytime you want it.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, Soup
Cuisine: American, French
Servings: 6
Calories: 182kcal


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 8 cups thinly sliced yellow onions or 4 medium sized yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 14 oz cans beef broth
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 3 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 drops tabasco sauce
  • crusty bread for garnish
  • shredded Swiss cheese for garnish


  • To a large soup pot, or Dutch oven, add the butter and melt it over medium heat.
  • Once the butter's melted, add the onions to the pot. Gently toss them to coat in butter.
  • Sauté the onions, for 15-20 minutes stirring occasionally- until lightly caramelized and browned.
  • Add all of the remaining ingredients, except the garnish, to the pot and stir to evenly combine.
  • Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat and let the soup simmer uncovered for 20 minutes.
  • Ladle the hot soup into bowls, and serve as is or with a slice of crusty bread on top & a couple tablespoons of shredded Swiss cheese.


Calories: 182kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 1292mg | Potassium: 430mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 259IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 1mg