Cheesy Apple and Onion Soup

November 13, 2011


I’m pleased to announce that I’m back from my honeymoon. We had a wonderful time touring London, Paris and Istanbul and I can’t wait to tell you all about it. It will take me at least several days to get everything organized (nearly 800 pictures to sort through!) so I’ll leave you with a recipe or two until then. Please keep an eye out for my honeymoon posts because I’ve taken loads of pictures to share with you. I’ve also compiled several tips and suggestions that may be helpful in your future travels.

For now, let’s talk about this soup! I conjured it on a whim, born from a craving for fall apples and hot, winter soup. I love roasting tangy onions and apples together so I thought why not put them together in a soup- sort of a riff on French onion. With hearty bread and a cheesy crust, it’s so comforting on a cold winter night.


Ingredients: (serves 2 with leftovers)

1 loaf crusty French bread (cut into hearty slices)

2 cups chopped onion

2 small apples cored, peeled and chopped

1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 Tablespoon butter

2 Tablespoons flour

6 cups vegetable stock (or water with 1 bouillon cube)

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

1 cup shredded gruyere cheese

salt and pepper to taste

Directions: On the stove top, heat the oil and butter and add the onions. Cook until they start to brown. Add in the flour and whisk until combined.


Add the apple and cinnamon and stir for about three minutes.


Next, pour in the veggie stock and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer for 20 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.  Once the apples are cooked through (very soft), remove the soup from the heat and use an immersion blender to make it smooth. 


Place two slices of the French bread into oven-proof serving dishes.


Pour or ladle the soup over top.


Sprinkle cheese over top.


Broil for 10 minutes until cheese melts to form a crust on the soup.


Serve with more bread.


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bristol plasterer June 15, 2015 at 7:57 am

Hmm these look delicious, thanks for posting up this recipe, looks quite simple to make.


Lauren at Keep It Sweet November 17, 2011 at 7:28 am

Welcome back!! I would adore this soup.

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods November 17, 2011 at 9:07 am

Thanks! Hope you like it!

Andrea November 15, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Welcome back!! This looks lovely. I made french-onion soup for the first time recently, and loved the whole presentation (sliced french bread, topped with melty gruyere), but was a little overwhelmed by the strong onion flavor. Adding apples is brilliant! I bet it plays down the onion a little. Plus, what’s more comforting for fall than cooked apples?

Kayla @ Sheriff of the Kitchen November 15, 2011 at 12:52 am

Congrats on the honeymoon! Can’t wait to see the posts.. this looks delish what a creative and different soup recipe. Question: Is the soup have a more fruity/sweet or more savory flavor to it?

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods November 15, 2011 at 7:49 am

Thank you! The soup has a nice apple flavor and a very slight sweetness but it’s def a savory soup.

Aparna E. November 14, 2011 at 9:08 am

Oh! P.S. I’m still working on getting the pics from the last stop up, but the others are on there. They’re also on the bloggy :)

Aparna E. November 13, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Welcome back, Jen!! I loved seeing the pics you tweeted here and there, but can’t wait to see all the pics! I finally JUST got all the honeymoon pics on my site and on Flickr! Check them out if you get bored :) It’d be fun to compare notes with Paris <3 I took like 10GB of photos (not ashamed) but it was so much fun. I'm still working on getting the Rome pics up on Flickr, but my handful of faves are up there now!
Now onto this soup – it looks DELICIOUS! It's such a unique blend of flavors that I wouldn't normally think would be good in soup! Mmmm. Perfect for fall :)

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods November 14, 2011 at 7:57 am

Thanks, Aparna! I can’t wait to share all my pics as well. But it’s a bit daunting as I filled four 4GB memory cards. Yikes! So, there’s lots of editing to be done! I can’t wait to see your Flickr! stream, will check that out asap!

Aparna E. November 14, 2011 at 9:07 am

I’m really looking forward to seeing the pics from Istanbul. That’s a place I’ve always wanted to visit!! It sounds like your honeymoon was both romagical but memorable! <3 Can't wait! I also think I'm making this soup this week :)

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