Panera Bread is known for its savory soups. The Bistro French Onion Soup was removed from the menu, and now it is back. Enjoy a bowl of copycat Panera Bread Bistro French Onion Soup.
What makes this soup special? This soup is full of chopped perfectly seasoned onions in every single bite. There are lots of crispy croutons and an excellent blend of melting cheese on top. You can recreate this delicious soup at home with this easy to prepare the copycat recipe.
Ingredients for Panera Bread French Onion Soup
What do you need for this recipe? You will need beef stock, chicken stock, butter, and lots of onions. We are also going to add some beef soup base for a nice depth of flavor, and a touch of thyme. The soup’s flavor comes from the sauteed onions. The onions make the soup amazing. I suggest you use yellow onions. White onions work well too, but for this soup, the yellow onions taste best.
When preparing your onions for this recipe you will find that they chop their onions rather large, and they are chopped, not sliced. The chopped onions make sure that the onion pieces end up in every bite. It is nice when you can dive into a bowl of soup and get something more than broth in every single bite of soup.
When purchasing ingredients for the soup, I suggest that you buy stock instead of broth. I think it has more flavor, and you want all of the flavors you can get with this soup. The soup base also adds a lot of flavors. You will find it sold near the soups.
They top their soup with croutons. The cheese that is tops the soup is Gruyere cheese combined with a touch of Asiago cheese. This soup is a savory soup that is easy to prepare. This soup reheats very well so you this soup will taste even better the next day.
Homemade Croutons are easy to make
If you would like to make your homemade croutons for the soup you can get a loaf of sourdough bread, cube it up into large pieces and add about a tablespoon of butter to a large skillet and then add the bread. Sprinkle in seasoned salt and some garlic powder, and toast the bread until it becomes nice and brown.
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Panera Bread Bistro French Onion Soup Copycat
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 4 pounds yellow onions chopped
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 32 ounces beef stock
- 14.5 ounces chicken stock
- 1/2 teaspoon thyme
- 2 tablespoons beef base
- 1 cup croutons
- 1/4 cup gruyere cheese shredded
- 1 tablespoon asiago cheese
- In a large stock pot over medium-high heat add chopped onions and butter. Add 1 teaspoon of salt to the onions. Saute the onions for about 20 minutes, or until they have become golden brown. Add 1 tablespoon of flour, and stir to coat the onions with flour. Cook for the flour for another minute or until it becomes fragrant like pie crust. Add in the beef stock, chicken stock, beef base, and thyme. Reduce heat to a low temperature. Cook the soup for another 15 to 20 minutes. Before serving top with croutons and shredded cheeses.