There is nothing that hits the spot on a rainy, cold fall day better than a nice big bowl of soup. When that bowl of soup is covered in cheese, it’s even better. When that bowl of soup is covered in cheese and has that sweet tart taste of fall apple cider, then it’s probably the best bowl of soup ever. I found this soup a couple of years ago and have made a few tweaks to it over the years. It is fall awesome-ness in a bowl. There just isn’t any other way to describe it. If you love French onion soup and your favorite part of fall is the apple cider, then this is definitely for you.
- 4 medium white onions
- 2 green apples
- 4 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 1 cup apple cider
- 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 loaf French bread
- sliced provolone cheese
- Peel and chop green apples into small chunks and slice the onions into thin strips.
- Coat the bottom of the crock pot with the vegetable oil. Add onions and green apples.
- Add butter in slices over the onions and green apples the same way you would if you were making an apple pie.
- Turn the crock pot to low and let it cook for 7-8 hours.
- At this point, you can choose to add wet ingredients and allow it to cook for another hour in the crock pot, or transfer the onions and green apples to a pot and heat the ingredients. Either way, add the apple cider, chicken stock, and pumpkin pie spice, and heat it.
- Transfer your soup into bowls. Place a slice of french bread in the middle and cover with a provolone cheese slice. Broil the soup for 30 seconds to a minute.
This may sound like a lot of steps, but trust me, it’s pretty painless. If I know it will be a rainy or snowy Saturday or Sunday, I will chop the apples and onions the night before and put them in the crock pot first thing in the morning.
Check out the health benefits of Apple Cider from Cooking Detective!