Since the opening of its first Souplantation in 1978 in San Diego, California, Garden Fresh Restaurant Corporation has expanded to 61 salad buffet restaurants with locations in Southern California, where they are known as Souplantation, and in Northern California and ten other states, where they are known as Sweet Tomatoes. Differing in name only, the restaurants are known for their abundance of fresh, great tasting salad selections, soups, bakery items, pastas and desserts in a self-serve format, set in a casual dining atmosphere.




French Onion Soup

Souplantation Copycat Recipe

Serves 4

2 slices bacon
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 sweet onions, sliced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
2 (10.5-oz.) cans beef consomme
1/4 cup dry white wine or water
1 cup restaurant style croutons
4 slices Swiss cheese

Cook bacon in a skillet until crisp; remove bacon, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings in skillet. Reserve bacon for another use. Combine drippings, melted butter, and next 3 ingredients in a 3- or 3-1/2-quart slow cooker. Stir well to coat onions.

Cover and cook on HIGH setting 4 hours. Stir in consomme and wine. Cover and cook on HIGH setting 15 more minutes or just until heated. Ladle soup into bowls; top each serving with 1/4 cup croutons and 1 slice cheese.

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