Panera Bread French Onion Soup copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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Panera Bread French Onion Soup

Score: 4.16. Votes: 19
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The biggest difference I find with Panera's formula versus other onion soup recipes is the inclusion of a small, almost undetectable, bit of tomato sauce. But rather than opening up a whole can of tomato sauce to use just 1 tablespoon in this home kitchen copy, I found that a squirt of ketchup works perfectly. Panera Bread also makes their soup with just a bit of heat, so we'll add a little Tabasco pepper sauce to the pot to wake everything up. The croutons on top of the soup appear to be made from the chain's focaccia bread that has been buttered, cubed, and toasted until crispy, but you can use any bread you may have on hand for your homemade French onion soup. As for the cheese on top, the menu says it's Asiago-Parmesan, but the cheese I tasted was more Asiago than Parmesan, so you'll need to use only Asiago cheese (that's been shaved using a potato peeler) for a great clone.

Source: Top Secret Recipes Unlocked by Todd Wilbur.

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  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 8 cups sliced white onions (4 to 5 medium onions)
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Score: 4.16. Votes: 19
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Mar 3, 2013, 22:00

My 6 year old said this was " the best thing I have ever made !" He ate 3 bowls and even took some to school for lunch today ! This was excellent - close to Panera's version - now please get to work on the " asian sesame dressing" they have and I will be able to make our all time favorite lunch at home !!!

Dec 24, 2008, 22:00

OMG!! This is the best! I make it over and over again! Todd really hit this one out of the park! The thing that makes it especially great are the croutons and cheese. Just like the real thing.

I'm Todd Wilbur,
Chronic Food Hacker

For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.

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