Super Bowl Half-Time Classic French Onion and Apple Soup

I love experimenting with recipes, adding something “different” to an already-established recipe. Like adding a couple of crisp Granny Smith apples to French Onion Soup. Yum! Back in December I was blessed to get a 13-Cup Food Processor from KitchenAid and I love it!

Slicing onions with this appliance was such a slick process!

Also, we add apples to gratin, potatoes, salads … so why not add to soup?

When I made this recipe for my family, I was thinking ahead to Super Bowl Sunday. This is a recipe where you could make the soup the night before, then heat it up, dish into individual servings, add the croutons, cheese, and bake.

French Onion & Apple Soup Recipe |

I like the idea of timing it just right – pulling the individual servings from the oven to serve during half time.

French Onion Soup is such a classic recipe. Sort of like the Super Bowl, which has been around for almost 50 years.

I’d say their both classic!

Put napkins on a platter.

Place a dish on each napkin.

And a spoon for each serving.


I’ll be sharing more healthy Super Bowl ideas tomorrow. Stay tuned!

Have you thought about serving “soup” on Super Bowl day?

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French Onion and Apple Soup Recipe

Use a food processor for quick slicing of onions and cheese. Allow enough time for the onions to caramelize to get the sweet flavor.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Servings: 12 servings


  • 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 16 cups sliced onions about 4-5 pounds
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 2 Honeycrisp apples peeled, chopped into small pieces
  • 3 rosemary sprigs removed from sprig and finely chopped
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup white wine or dry sherry
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 7 cups beef broth
  • 10 slices sourdough bread cut into 1″ cubes
  • 2 cups Swiss cheese grated


  • Melt the butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat; add the onions and heat for 5 minutes.
  • Continue cooking for 50 minutes, or until onions are caramelized.
  • Add pepper, apples, thyme (finely chopped), and bay leaves and cook for a few minutes to soften the apples.
  • Add the wine, broth, cider, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and cook on low for 45 minutes. Discard the bay leaves.
  • Preheat the broiler; arrange the bread cubes on a jelly roll pan and broil for 2 minutes, or until toasted (both sides).
  • Preheat the oven to 500. Ladle the soup into small ovenproof soup bowls (10-12).
  • Divide the croutons evenly on top of each bowl. Sprinkle cheese on top of each dish.
  • Place the bowls on a jelly roll pan. Bake at 500 for 8 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
  • Serve hot.

6 comments on “Super Bowl Half-Time Classic French Onion and Apple Soup”

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  2. Sandy, this soup sounds wonderful. I will be making it soon! We often serve soup at our gatherings, sports or otherwise. I have 3 tureens and we often make a chili, chicken and beef or vegetable soup and let friends help themselves. We round it out with rolls and sandwich fixings and dessert is brownies, cookies and a fruit platter. I make the soups and baked goods ahead and prepare the fruit early in the day so I can enjoy our guests and the game!

  3. Hi Sandy,

    This looks fantastic! My husband loves French Onion Soup, so I am going to have to give this one a whirl.

    And for game day – soup? Well, sort of…the Texas Chicken Chili I mentioned last time is a bit more like a soup than a chili, so maybe that would qualify. :-) But I think your onion and apple soup might just replace it! I love how you did the topping. And, as with all you do, the presentation is lovely.

    Thanks so much for sharing.


  4. Sounds like a delicious addition! We’ve enjoyed several Souper Bowls over the years. Certainly makes for easy entertaining!

  5. Love this Sandy! The recipe and the presentation! Larry loves french onion soup, I hardly ever make and not sure why! I have to try this out…love the addition of sweet apple, yum!

  6. I asked my husband last night what he wanted for Super Bowl and soup was NOT his answer – wings and nachos (not my favourite, but it is HIS game).
    Love the idea of adding the apples to the soup.
    A small question: I have had some requests for printable recipes – is it a widget/gadget that you use for yours?

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