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

Score: 4.11. Votes: 18
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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. 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: 4.11. Votes: 18
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Sep 30, 2013, 22:00

French onion soup is my favorite thing to make, and I agree that this tastes good, but it isn't close to Panera. The soup at Panera is significantly darker and much more "beefy" flavor. I suspect that they add extra buillon or something.

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 !!!

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