Caramelized French Onion Soup

Posted by on Jan 18, 2012 in Entrées, Recipes, Soups | 0 comments

Caramelized French Onion Soup

This vegetarian take on French Onion soup builds on the flavors of slowly caramelized onions in a balsamic reduction. I used the picture from my award-winning caramelized onions because sometimes food disappears fast around here.

Caramelized French Onion Soup
Recipe Type: entrée, Appetizer
Author: Cowgirl Beans
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 1 hour 30 mins
Total time: 1 hour 35 mins
Serves: 4-6
The optional ingredients are wine (just add more water) and cheese, omit if vegan. You can use a veggie bouillon cube and water in place of the veggie stock.
Ingredients
  • Caramelize Onions
  • 4-6 onions, sliced thinly
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup good dark balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • Finish Soup
  • flour
  • 2 bay leaves
  • thyme, salt & pepper
  • red wine (optional)
  • 6-7 cups water or veggie stock (or mixture of the 2)
  • slice of organic cheese, Gruyure or Swiss (optional)
Instructions
  1. Spray your pot with olive oil, add onions and garlic.
  2. Cook over medium-low heat until begin to color a bit.
  3. Add balsamic and brown sugar.
  4. Stir to combine, reduce heat to low and let caramelize, stirring occasionally, 30-40 minutes.
  5. After dark, golden brown, add wine and bring to boil. Reduce to simmer and let reduce about 5 min.
  6. Add 2 tbls of flour and stir to coat. Cook over low heat about 10 min. (This will thicken the soup a bit).
  7. Then add bay leaves, teaspoon of thyme, S&P, 1/2-1 cup wine and 6-7 cups water.
  8. Let simmer for 15-20 minutes, then check taste, and re-season with thyme and S&P as needed.
  9. If using cheese, place slices over oven proof mugs or crocks filled with soup in oven and broil until browned and beginning to crisp.
  10. Serve with warm baguette for sopping up tastiness.

 

Oh, look. There's a dog in my soup mug.

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