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Sophie’s festive onion, apple & apple cider soup

on 03/12/2009

A festive alternative soup!

I so much love this easy yet so tasty festive soup. It is sort of onion soup but apples, apple cider, bay leaves, thyme & vegetable stock are added. Just before serving, a handful of grated Gruyère is added in the middle & chopped chives are scattered around the cheese!

A tasty cider Brut!


Recipe: For 6 persons, 1 bowl of soup
800 gr of white , peeled & sliced onions ( weighted when peeled & sliced )
2 medium leeks, well washed, cleaned & finely sliced
2 eating apples, I used Granny Smith, peeled, cored out, cut into little chunks from 0.5 cm x 0.5 cm
2 medium potatoes, peeled & finely cut up
150 ml of cider brut, I used Duché de Longueville, cider brut! I love this Normandy cider.
1100 ml of gluten-free vegetable stock
3 dried bay leaves
4 long sprigs of fresh thyme, washed & pad dry on kitchen paper
gluten-free baking margarine : about 75 gr.
** To serve:
200 gr grated Gruyère cheese
about 10 long fresh chives sprigs, washed, cleaned & pad dry on kitchen paper
1. Take a large & wide cooking pot & heat up on a medium high heat. Add baking margarine or more.
When the butter has melted & sizzles, add the sliced onions, leeks & apples. Fry for about 15 minutes , with the lid on, stirring frequently until they all have softened.
2. Add the potatoes & the cider. Stir often. Bring to the boil & cook for 2 to 5 minutes until the volume from the cider has reduced a bit.
3. Add the vegetable stock, bay leaves & thyme sprigs. Reduce the heat to simmer point & place the lid on the pot. Simmer the soup for another 25 to 30 minutes or until all the vegetables are cooked through.
4. Remove the 3 bay leaves & lift out the 4 thyme sprigs.
5. Liquidize the soup until you have it to your liking. I puréed mine all the way.
6. Just before serving: ladle your soup into festive soup bowls. Take about a handful of the grated Gruyère cheese & lay it in the middle of the soup. With the help of scissors, snip the chives into little pieces & scatter around the grated cheese.



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113 responses to “Sophie’s festive onion, apple & apple cider soup

  1. Olive says:

    this is nice..nothing like a warm soup on cold nights..perfect for this season..Thanks for sharing, Sophie 🙂

  2. zurin says:

    Onions and cheese are such good friends. and the cider must have made it better :))

  3. Trissa says:

    Sophie – that looks gorgeous – what a great idea. I adore onion soup but never had it like this!

  4. Debbie says:

    Sophie – What a great soup! I've never heard of an apple cider soup but would love to try it. I think my husband would just love this!

  5. Rowena... says:

    Great! I received a large bottle of cider on Thanksgiving and was wondering if there could be other ways to use it up (aside from drinking it). Love the idea of cheese at the end…

  6. This sounds fantastic with the cider! And, the gruyere on top looks delicious.

  7. Jacqueline says:

    Mmmmm, that sounds really divine. I have to try this 🙂

  8. Valérie says:

    Once again, you manage to find surprising flavour combinations! The cider and apples must add such a nice note of tangy sweetness to this soup!

  9. Judy says:

    Sophie, you have the most creative, unique recipes. This looks like a great soup!

  10. Gloria says:

    Sophie this look absolutely tasty and yummy! xgloria

  11. A wonderful combination with apple cider, what an amazing soup!

  12. Claudia says:

    Oh! I am loving this soup – right now – with Granny Smith. I always worry that the cider adds too much sweetness? Maybe it'as my cider?? Cheese on top is grand!

  13. Sophie, this looks like a great soup with a very interesting combination of flavors! Thanks for sharing!

  14. I wouldn't have thought of putting these flavours together, I'd love to try it 🙂

  15. Sophie, this sounds absolutely delicious. Great combinations of flavors. Thanks…

  16. KiraAJ says:

    mmmmm this looks like it would warm u up on a cold winters night! yumo!

  17. Daily Spud says:

    Truly you are the mistress of soups, Sophie – lovely!

  18. Oooh onion and apple! What an intriguing sounding combo! Sophie, you always come up with something interesting and new 🙂

  19. Oh my – Sophie, you've outdone yourself, this looks amazing. Thanks as always for sharing – you make me look good!

  20. Cheryl says:

    Now that looks like a simply delicious soup,love it!

  21. this sounds sooooo good! I love cider, and faired with gruyere and leeks? excellent!

  22. Kerstin says:

    What a tasty soup! I love the cider in it!

  23. Jamie says:

    Oh, delicious! What a treat! And love that I'm finally seeing a great recipe using our kind of cider instead of American apple cider. This really is a stunning, festive version of onion soup!

  24. Joanne says:

    I love sprinkling gruyere and chives on things. They are both just so awesome.I love the flavors in this soup. Apples and onions are a great pairing.

  25. What a wonderful combination of ingredients Sophie. The cider sounds especially inviting. And you topped it with Gruyere…my favorite.Sam

  26. Palidor says:

    I've never eaten apple soup. It looks delicious! Love the cheese on top.

  27. mmm, I'm trying to imagine this soup. I would love some right now.

  28. I love onion soup, and I love the apple-onion combo (in eggs, on pork)…so this is right up my alley!

  29. you make me want to try it! We love onion soup here and this is such an interesting take on the classic one!

  30. Koko says:

    Sophie, this looks and sounds absolutely amazing! I want to make this sooo bad, but I'm overwhelmed with school right now. I hope I can make this over the weekend! YUM!!!!

  31. This soup sounds wonderful with the apple cider, it's new to me, am curious to try to see how it tastes.

  32. Natasha says:

    What an ingenious way to use apples! Definitely a festive dish and a must-try. Thanks again:o)

  33. Haddock says:

    I am drooling….

  34. You came up up with the best combination of the onions, apples and cider.Very savory soup!

  35. This is a gorgeous soup! A very creative combination of ingredients too! So delicious!

  36. Sophie, please excuse me not visiting often, but I really can't get updated regularly from your blog. I've tried deleting, adding, deleting and adding again your blog to my follower list, but it stays the same.The soup looks very good! Festive, nutritious and flavourful!

  37. This sounds absolutely delicious Sophie! Just lovely flavors!

  38. Mrs. B. says:

    oooh, apple in a soup! How interesting. It looks and sounds delish!

  39. Michelle says:

    Oh Sophie this looks perfect for this time of year! It's very cold here….32 F is the high! What is the weather like there?I miss visiting..once my move is done and the holidays are over I will be more active in visiting you!! xoxoLots of hugs!!Michelle and the kitties 🙂

  40. Pam says:

    I love, love, love onion soup!

  41. Paz says:

    A very festive soup, indeed.Paz

  42. A gorgeouss soup! Comforting!Cheers,Rosa

  43. Mmmmm… Nice one! Can't wait to try it and see how it tastes like 🙂

  44. It IS festive, alright! Very warming and hearty and homey!! Lovely, Sophie!!

  45. This is such a comforting soup! I like the apples!

  46. Barbara says:

    Wonderful soup,Sophie! The apples and cider are a great addition- and the flavor of thyme would be yummy. Add the gruyere and I'm sold!

  47. Muneeba says:

    Ideal weather these days for a soup like that! I like the way you garnished it.

  48. Ozoz says:

    Interesting combination but I'm sure it works. Cider has a way of going with some things, leaving a hint and thread of apple spice!

  49. I love soup! And this one sounds great.

  50. theUngourmet says:

    This looks so wonderful. I've never eaten anything like it but I can tell it would instantly be a favorite. Yum!

  51. Ricardo says:

    Did you put a pink filter on your camera? Looks cool….I absolutely love soups even though I don't get around to do them that much, this one sounds very delicious and heart warming (maybe the pink glow symbolises that lol) Luv your cooking really do..thanks for sharing cheers babe!! xxxxx

  52. Grace says:

    terrific soup, sophie! i think the apple cider is a fabulous, unexpected component that'd add quite a bit to the flavor. it's definitely festive and definitely delicious!

  53. pierre says:

    hello sophie I love to ccok with cider and I have visited "la cidrerie de Longuevill" a long time ago ! cheers from Paris Pierre

  54. Diana H says:

    Apples and onions are one of my favorite combinations. Sounds like a really delicious soup.

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