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Apple Cider Caramelized Onion Soup Recipe

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 large sweet or vidalia or white onions, sliced thinly into rounds
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 2 1/2 cups apple cider
  • 10 - 12 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Optional: additional fresh thyme for garnish
  • 6 slices sharp cheddar cheese
  • 6 slices French bread


  • Melt butter with olive oil in a large Dutch oven or soup pot on the stovetop over low to medium heat.
  • Add in onions and cook over heat 5- 10 minutes until onions are translucent (Do not brown onions.)
  • Add beef and chicken broths, apple cider and thyme sprigs.
  • Simmer soup uncovered on low for 30 minutes.
  • Remove thyme sprigs.
  • Season with salt and pepper
  • Ladle soup into individual, oven-safe serving bowls.
  • Float a slice of French bread on top of the soup in each bowl
  • Top with a slice of sharp Cheddar cheese.
  • Place bowls on a baking sheet and place in oven under broiler for a minute or two, or until cheese is bubbly and just turning golden. Watch carefully!
  • Remove from oven and serve immediately!