Two bowls of homemade copycat Applebees French Onion Soup
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Applebees French Onion Soup

Love Applebees French Onion Soup?  Make it at home. 
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword Applebees Recipes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 288kcal
Author Stephanie Manley


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 10 cups sliced white onions 6 to 7 large onions
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic chopped
  • 10 cups low-sodium beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon beef base
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 8 slices firm bread
  • 8 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 8 tablespoons or slices of Provolone cheese


  • In a large stockpot over medium heat, first heat the butter and oil, then add the sliced onions and salt; saute the onions until they are browned. This will take up to 30 minutes; you want the onions to have the color of caramels. Stir frequently to prevent burning. When the Onions are almost fully caramelized, add the chopped garlic. 
  • Cook the onion and garlic together until the garlic has become fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add beef broth, beef base, and black pepper. Taste and add more salt if needed. Simmer for 30 to 45 minutes over low heat. 
  • To serve soup, preheat the oven to broil. Ladle soup into 8 individual ovenproof bowls, place a slice of bread on top of each, add top each slice with 1 teaspoon Parmesan cheese, and provolone cheese. Place under the broiler and cook until the cheese just begins to brown.


Calories: 288kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 1332mg | Potassium: 962mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 220IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 215mg | Iron: 1.5mg
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