APPLEBEE’S | French Onion Soup

by RRR
A cozy bowl of homemade French Onion Soup garnished with melted cheese, representing a home-cooked version of the classic Applebee's dish, with a background of kitchen warmth suggesting a fun and loving cooking experience.

Applebee’s French Onion Soup: A Cozy Delight Recreated at Home

Ah, Applebee’s – the beacon of casual dining and the birthplace of some seriously comforting eats. It’s the spot where you dive into a menu that feels like a warm hug, and let’s not skirt around the main star here: their French Onion Soup. That little bowl of joy is like a symphony of flavors, a true masterpiece of the soup universe. But hey, what if I told you that you could whip up something pretty darn close to that in your own kitchen? Yep, you heard that right!

The Secret’s in the Simplicity

First things first, let’s chat about what makes this soup such a knockout. It’s all about simplicity, folks. It’s like that classic tune that never gets old. The beauty lies in how a handful of straightforward components come together to create magic. It’s all about the base – think of it as the foundation of a cozy, rustic cabin in the woods, sturdy and comforting.

The Aroma That Beckons

Picture this: you step into your kitchen, and there’s this aroma wafting through the air, so inviting that it almost feels like it’s giving you a warm hug. That’s the magic of this soup! It’s the kind of scent that makes your neighbors wonder what culinary wizardry you’re up to.

Crafting the Comfort

Now, let’s talk about crafting this bowl of comfort. Imagine layering flavors like an artist layers paint on a canvas. You’re not just cooking; you’re orchestrating a symphony of tastes that come together in perfect harmony. And the best part? You don’t need a pantry full of exotic ingredients. It’s all about making the ordinary extraordinary.

The Final Flourish

And then, there’s the crowning glory. Let’s just say it involves cheese – because, let’s be honest, everything’s better with cheese, right? It’s like that final brushstroke on a masterpiece painting, the detail that pulls everything together.

Bringing Applebee’s Home

Who would’ve thought that you could capture the essence of an Applebee’s classic right in your own kitchen? It’s all about embracing the simplicity, diving into the process, and infusing every step with a dash of love and a sprinkle of patience. And hey, while you’re at it, why not make it an experience? Throw on your favorite playlist, maybe dance around the kitchen a bit – make it a soup-making soirée!

In the end, what you’re serving up is more than just a meal; it’s a memory, a feeling, a warm embrace. It’s about bringing that unmistakable Applebee’s charm into your home, one delightful spoonful at a time. So, ready to stir up some magic? Your kitchen awaits!

For more crazy great Applebee’s recipes, try their Spinach + Artichoke Dip or their Chicken Wonton Tacos

A cozy bowl of homemade French Onion Soup garnished with melted cheese, representing a home-cooked version of the classic Applebee's dish, with a background of kitchen warmth suggesting a fun and loving cooking experience.

Applebee's French Onion Soup

Serves: 4-6 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 370 calories 22 grams fat
Rating: 4.0/5
( 3 voted )


  • 10 cups of white onion, slivered
  • 8 cups of beef broth
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 8 slices of Swiss cheese
  • 2 TBL unsalted butter
  • 1 ½ tsp. fresh garlic, grated or minced
  • 1 TBL beef base
  • 1 tsp. Porcini mushroom powder
  • 1 package of Holland Rusk croutons


On a medium-low heat, in a very large stock pot, melt the butter, but do not brown.  Add the onions and garlic and stir in pot.  Allow the onions to cook down, completely, and to caramelize.  About 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Onions should be a dark brown, but not burnt.

Once onions have caramelized, add the beef broth, beef base and mushroom powder and simmer for 30  minutes.

Transfer the soup to individual, broiler-safe bowls. Fill the soup to near top of the bowl and add a Holland Rusk crouton.  Top the crouton with a large finger-full of Parmesan cheese.  Top the entire bowl with 2-3 slices of Swiss cheese, allowing the edges of the cheese to overlap the sides of the bowl.  Place under broiler until the cheese is slightly browned (or more) according to personal taste.

Serve with Applebee’s Spinach + Artichoke Dip or Tavern on the Green’s Classic Caesar Salad and Enjoy!


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