Do you love Panera’s French Onion Soup? It’s a delicious combination of sweet caramelized onions, flavorful broth, and gooey melted cheese that’s hard to resist. With this Panera French Onion Soup copycat recipe, you can make a delicious version of the restaurant favorite in your own kitchen.
Why Panera French Onion Soup is a Fan Favorite
Panera Bread is a chain of bakery-cafe fast casual restaurants in the United States and Canada, and their French Onion Soup is one of their most popular items on the menu. Panera’s French Onion Soup is a staple in the cafe’s menu and it is one of the most sought after soups due to its comforting and rich taste. It’s also a great option to order with a “You Pick Two” Panera special that allows you to pair a cup of soup with any Panera half sandwich, salad, or flatbread.
Overall, Panera’s French Onion Soup is a popular menu item because of its delicious taste, comforting warmth, and high-quality ingredients. The combination of sweet caramelized onions, savory beef broth, and nutty Gruyere cheese make it a satisfying, delicious and savory soup. Since it’s not always practical to run out and purchase this comforting soup we thought it would be a great idea to try our hand at recreating this soup at home.
What ingredients are needed to make this Panera Bistro French Onion Soup Recipe?
You’ll need a few simple ingredients and minimal effort to prepare a small batch pot of this comforting soup. Once it’s ready, it’s time to grab a spoon and dig into the warm, comforting flavors of this homemade classic. Whether you’re making it for a special occasion or just a regular weeknight dinner, you’re sure to enjoy this copycat version of Panera’s French Onion Soup.
To start your shopping list you’ll need:
- White wine vinegar
- White granulated sugar
- Tomato sauce
- Worcestershire sauce
- Olive Oil
- Yellow Onions (substitute: Sweet Onions)
- All purpose flour
- Soy Sauce
- Beef broth
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Sea Salt
- Gruyere Cheese (substitute: Fontina Cheeses, Asiago Cheeses)
What equipment is needed to make Panera French Onion Soup?
You need just a few pieces of equipment to whip up this yummy soup. You’ll need:
- Large Dutch Oven or Large Pot
- Sauce Pan
- Chopping Board
- Cheese Grater
- Bowl (for serving)
- Souper Cubes (for storage)
How to make Panera’s French Onion Soup At Home: Copycat Recipe
What is a tomato gastrique?
A tomato gastrique is a type of French sauce typically used to enhance the flavor of meats and other dishes. It is made with a base of tomatoes cooked down with vinegar, sugar, and spices such as garlic and onions. The result is a tart and sweet condiment that adds complexity and depth to dishes.
What to serve with Panera French Onion Soup
This meal has a generous portion and is hearty enough to be eaten as a main meal. You can definitely pair this with a salad or sandwich for a bigger meal to mimic ordering a You Pick Two from Panera (our favorite!) This soup also pairs nicely with warm crusty bread, crackers, or grilled cheese.
Panera serves this soup with focaccia croutons when you order this from the restaurant which gives the flavor an extra boost. Since focaccia croutons are hard to find at most local grocery stores you can pair the soup with focaccia bread instead. Some grocery stores (like Wegmans) sell a half and full loaf of focaccia bread in the bakery section.
If you feel like stepping the recipe up a notch you can always turn part of that loaf of focaccia into the chain’s focaccia bread croutons as well! Making croutons is an easy and delicious way to use up leftover bread.
How to make Homemade Focaccia Croutons
To turn your focaccia bread into croutons follow these simple steps:
- To make them, start by preheating your oven to 350°F.
- Cut your leftover bread into cubes, about 1-2 inches in size, and place them on a baking sheet.
- Drizzle the cubes with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and any other desired seasonings.
- Stir the cubes so they are well-coated with the oil and seasoning.
- Bake the cubes for 8-10 minutes, stirring once halfway through, until golden and crispy.
- Once done, let the croutons cool before serving. Enjoy!
The best way to store and reheat your leftover Soup
The best way to store your small batch Panera French Onion Soup will be in the 1 or 2 cup Souper Cubes trays to save the other servings for another time. We love using Souper Cubes for the convenience of having perfectly portioned meals to eat later.
Freezing the other servings also means you can add to your freezer stash of meals! We love creating a freezer stash when batch cooking recipes because it means you’ll have a variety of meals to choose from when you mix and match during the week. The best part is: if you are cooking for one you don’t have to eat soup all week (if you don’t want to) with this method.
If you don’t have Souper Cubes you will want to store your leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 5-7 days to reheat for later in the week. If you want to freeze this soup you can also store the soup in a few single serving mason jars or freezer bags.
To reheat leftovers, place the soup in a microwave safe or oven safe dish and microwave on high until heated through, about 2-4 minutes. Alternatively, you can reheat the soup in a saucepan over low heat until warm.
If you are using the Souper Cubes to freeze your leftovers it’s super easy to reheat this straight from frozen in a saucepan or microwave. Just add a little bit of water to your bowl or saucepan and your meal will be ready in minutes! You can also defrost the Souper Cubes overnight in the fridge and reheat in a microwave or on the stovetop.
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Let’s Make Some French Onion Soup
If you want to experience the tantalizing flavors of Panera’s French Onion Soup from the comfort of your own kitchen, give this recipe a try! This copycat recipe has all the deliciousness of the restaurant version — without having to travel to Panera.
This dish is sure to bring the warmth of the bistro to your home kitchen. With caramelized onions, beef broth, and a few other simple ingredients, you can make this classic soup on a cold winter night. So if you’re ready to get cooking, let’s get started on making the perfect Panera-style French onion soup right at home!
Do you love Panera’s French Onion Soup? It’s a delicious combination of sweet caramelized onions, flavorful broth, and gooey melted cheese that’s hard to resist. With this Panera french onion soup copycat recipe, you can make a delicious version of the restaurant favorite in your own kitchen.
- 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup tomato sauce
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 yellow onions, sliced
- 1/8 cup all-purpose flour
- 4 cups beef broth
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire
- Tomato Gastrique (made from the ingredients above)
- 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup of croutons
- 1/2 cup gruyere cheese
- Chop your onions into thin slices and grate your cheese. Set aside.
- Start by creating the tomato gastrique by boiling the white vinegar in a saucepan until it has boiled down to half its amount of liquid.
- Add the sugar to the white vinegar and mix continuously for about 3-5 minutes or until the mixture has become syrupy.
- Add the tomato sauce to this syrup and mix until combined. Then remove from the heat.
- In a large pot add the olive oil and sliced onions and cook on medium heat for about 20 minutes or until the onions have become golden brown and caramelized.
- Add the flour and mix the onions until they are fully coated and the flour covered onions soak up all the juices.
- Add in the beef broth, tomato gastrique, soy sauce, worcestershire sauce, cornstarch and all the seasonings. Stir this mixture together.
- Simmer for 20-25 minutes, stirring every so often.
- Get ready to in a bowl, top with croutons and cheese and enjoy!