Copycat Panera Bread French Onion Soup

Every time I go to a restaurant I order the French onion soup. This recipe beats any baked onion French soup I have ever eaten. Enjoy!


  1. 4 tbsp Butter
  2. 4 medium Vadilia sweet onions
  3. 2 can Beef broth
  4. 1 cup Chicken broth
  5. 1 3/4 cup Water
  6. 3 tbsp Ketchup
  7. 3 tbsp Flour or Wondra
  8. 1 1/2 tsp Course ground black pepper
  9. 1 1/2 tsp Salt
  10. 1/4 tsp Dried thyme
  11. 1/4 tsp Garlic powder
  12. 1 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire
  13. garnish
  14. 1 bunch Parsley
  15. 1 loaf Crusty french bread
  16. 1 lb Thinly sliced Gruyere cheese
  17. 1 Butter


  1. Change Melt 4 TBS butter in a large stock pot when melted add the thinly sliced onions (no longer than an inch in lengh) to the pot and sauté on medium high heat for approx 20/25 minutes until the onions turn brown and soft
  2. Once the onions are soft mix the flour and water together and slowly pour into the onion mixture stirring constantly yielding a thick consistency Next add the remaining ingredients (but not the garnish) and stir Heat soup until its lightly boiling reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 20 to 25 minutes
  3. In the mean time to make the croutons slice the French bread thinly (no thicker then a 1/2 inch) Butter the top side and stick under the broiler until the tops turn brown Once the soup is done ladle in an oven safe bowl Add a few of the bread pieces on top and cover with the cheese Put back in the broiler until the cheese is bubbly and melted and brown Add fresh parsley on top before serving

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