Applebee’s™ Baked French Onion Soup Recipe

  • Yield : 2 Quarts
  • Servings : 4-8
  • Prep Time : 10m
  • Cook Time : 1:30 h
  • Ready In : 1:40 h

Applebee’s™ has one of the best tasting onion soup restaurant recipes around. The combination of the sweet onions, the piping hot broth and the crunchy bread with melted cheese on top is pretty close to cooking genius.  If you can’t imagine a soup made up of onions, change your mindset and give this one a shot.  A soft flavor combined with the strands of melted cheese are heaven on earth.

One of the secrets to making a good tasting onion soup is how you cook the onions themselves.  Go slow and don’t rush it.  An onion is a root vegetable, which means it’s sugar content is very high.  Anytime you’re cooking something with sugar in it, you run the risk of making it bitter by burning the sugars.  Same holds true for onions.  Slowly cook these and don’t let them brown.  You’ll want them soft and translucent.


  • 3 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 6 med white onions - sliced
  • 1 cup water
  • 8 cups beef broth
  • 2 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 8 pieces of Texas toast or 4 hamburger buns
  • 8 slices provolone cheese or other white cheese
  • 8 teaspoons shredded Parmesan cheese (the fresh shredded is best)


Step 1

In large saucepan heat 3 Tbsp oil over a medium to high heat.

Step 2

Add onion and saute slowly for 20 minutes until soft. Do not let them brown. In fact, turn down the heat if needed.

Step 3

Add water, beef broth, garlic powder, salt and pepper to the onions and bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 45 minutes.

Step 4

While the soup is cooking, prepare your toast or croutons. A good suggestion was to use the bottom half of some onion rolls.

Step 5

Start by preheating the oven to 325 degrees.

Step 6

Bake the bread in the oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. These should be cooked directly on the racks.

Step 7

Ladle about 1 to 1 1/2 cups of soup into an "oven safe" bowl and add a slice of the baked bread.

Step 8

Top this off with a slice of the provolone cheese with 1/2 tsp. of parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.

Step 9

Set your oven to broil and place the bowl of soup on the middle rack. Broil the soup until the cheese melts and starts to brown in spots (approx 5 minutes).

Step 10

Sprinkle 1/2 tsp shredded parmesan cheese on top and serve very hot.

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