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Apple Cider French Onion Soup

I was recently looking for recipes to use up a large jug of apple cider in our fridge, and I came across this Apple Cider French Onion Soup from The Naptime Chef. I am a big fan of traditional French onion soup, and this takes a slightly sweet twist on a classic.

Apple Cider French Onion Soup
Makes 4-6 servings

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 5 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • 5 cups low-sodium beef broth
  • 2 1/2 cups apple cider
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 4 slices country bread
  • 8 thin slices of Gruyere cheese (To save money I use Swiss)

1. Place a large pot on the stove top and bring to medium-low heat. Add the butter and onions and allow the onions to soften and caramelize until a dark brown color. Stir the onions every few minutes so they don’t burn.

2. Once the onions are soft and caramelized add the beef broth, apple cider, and a pinch of salt and bring the mixture to a boil for one minute. Then, reduce the soup to a low simmer and allow the soup to simmer for an hour, skimming the top as necessary.

3. Before serving turn the broiler to High. Lightly butter the slices of country bread on both sides and place on a cookie sheet. Allow the bread slices to broil for about 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until they are golden brown. Then remove the bread and place two slices of cheese on each slice. Return it to the oven, cheese side up, and broil for another 2 minutes, or until the cheese is melted completely and bubbling.

4. Ladle the soup into soup bowls and serve with bread slices.

Recipe from The Naptime Chef.


  1. I always buy a jug of cider and then am looking for ways to use it up-lol! This sounds so good. Here's another soup recipe with cider in it that is so good, but I do add sweet potatoes to it. I never blogged it b/c we eat it so fast I never take pics! haha

  2. 5 onions?? That seemslike a lot - can you please clarify?

  3. Hi Ali - just wanted to let you know that I featured this recipe (with full credit and a link-back) in an apple cider recipe roundup today on Foxes Love Lemons. Have a great week!


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