Fall French Onion Soup


This is an awesome autumn twist on the traditional French Onion soup. Apple cider and brandy make it a cozy dish for those chilly fall afternoons.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
10 hrs
Total Time:
10 hrs 20 mins
6 servings


  • 4 large onions, thinly sliced

  • 2 Granny Smith apples - peeled, cored and chopped

  • ½ cup butter, divided

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 4 cups chicken broth

  • 1 ½ cups apple cider

  • 2 tablespoons brandy (Optional)

  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • ½ cup shredded Gouda cheese

  • 6 (1 inch thick) slices French bread


  1. Set a slow cooker on Low, and put in half of the butter to melt. Add the onions and apples; cover and cook on Low for 6 to 8 hours.

  2. After the cooking time is up and apples and onions are soft, pour in the brandy, chicken broth and apple cider. Set the slow cooker to High and cook for 1 to 2 hours, until simmering.

  3. Preheat the oven broiler. Mix together the cinnamon, sugar and remaining butter. Spread onto one side of each slice of bread. Place bread cinnamon side up on a baking sheet, and broil until toasted, about 3 minutes. Remove from the oven, flip the slices over so the cinnamon is on the bottom. Sprinkle Gouda cheese on the top and return to the broiler until the cheese is melted.

  4. Ladle soup into serving bowls and top with slices of toast, cheese side up to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

417 Calories
23g Fat
44g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 417
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 30%
Saturated Fat 12g 62%
Cholesterol 52mg 17%
Sodium 398mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 19g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 10mg 49%
Calcium 125mg 10%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 257mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.