I love soup, there is just something comforting about it. A soup that I always wanted to try but never did was French Onion. Traditionally it’s made with beef broth, about 5 or so years ago I decided to give it a try using vegetable broth. I wasn’t sure if people would still like it because it was cooked a bit differently. I was surprised to find out that it didn’t matter whether it was made with beef, chicken or veggie stock..it was still a favorite. When the weather turns cold I know it’s time to start making my soups again. I always make enough for a second or even a third meal. Thank goodness for my deep freezer!
I have many soups that I love to make but French Onion is a favorite every time. This would be something you could start the night before by cooking the onion mixture and add the broth the morning of and place into a Crockpot and let simmer all day. You can also make it in a pot as I did below…
French Onion Soup
5-6 med to large onions
1 stick of all natural no salt added butter
salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons of flour
5-8 cups of vegetable broth
Good Cheese, I used a Gouda
6 oven safe soup crocks
* In a large pot, slice in thin half slices and place into the pan.
* Add Butter
* Add Salt and Pepper and saute until onions are cooked through
* Once onions are done add the flour to the onions and mix together and let cook for about 3 minutes.
* Once the flour has cooked through add the water and broth and let simmer for about 30 minutes or up to 3 hours
* When ready to eat, place the soup into the oven safe crocks
* Slice French bread and place on a cookie sheet and toast both sides in oven
* Place 2 slices of bread on top of each bowl of soup
* Top with cheese, my favorites are Gouda, Fontina or Havarti
* Place crocks on a baking sheet and put in the oven, broil until cheese is melted. This process happens VERY FAST so don’t walk away!
Once the cheese has melted, take the soup out of the oven and place on a plate and serve on it’s own or with a nice salad. This is also a great soup to freeze and eat for another meal. Looking for more healthy soup and stew choices? Head over to my website section – Soups & Stews.