All of the onions from this weeks farm share made me wonder what I could make with a ton of onions. I myself (or my husband for that matter) are members of the onion appreciation committee. BUT my mother-in-law is an onion fanatic. Fanatic in a sense that she will sneak onions from the cutting board and steal cooking onions from the pot on the stove. So, I figured what else can I do with 3 pounds of onion? French onion soup! This version uses vegetable broth instead of the traditional beef stock – making it suitable for the veggie crowd. If you’re looking to make a vegan version, swap the butter with olive oil and use a vegan cheese.
This dish, as simple as it is does take some time to prepare but is well worth the wait! Enjoy!
RECOMMENDED SUPPLIES: Soup crocks! If you do not have soup crocks on hand, you CAN use a casorole dish and layer your bread and cheese on top of it.
In a stock pot of dutch oven over medium-low heat, add butter and sliced yellow onions. Stir until they are well coated with the melted butter.
Cover and allow to cook for about 25 minutes until they are soft and translucent.
Remove lid and increase heat to medium-high to begin caramelizing. Add 1/2 teaspoon of sugar and stir frequently until the onions become golden brown. If they look like they are cooking too rapidly, reduce your heat! Be careful not to burn.
Once your onions have caramelized, Deglaze the pan with 1/2 cup of white wine. Stir stir stir until you scrap up all of the fond from the pot.
Once the wine has cooked off, deglaze again with the cognac stirring and scraping the pan.
Reduce heat to medium-low and add your flour, stirring frequently to form a thick paste for about 2-3 minut. If this doesn't happen, add another tablespoon of butter.
Add the vegetable stock, thyme and bay leaves to the pot and stir well. Cover and allow to simmer for 30 minutes.
While your soup is simmers, now is a great time to make your "croutes" - aka toasted bread.
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
Drizzle each side of the bread slices with olive oil and place on a baking sheet. Cook the bread for 15 minutes on each side until they are toasty and hard. Remove from oven and set aside.
Increase oven temperature to 350.
Back to the soup... Remove the bay leaves and thyme sprigs and discard. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Pour your soup into several soup crocks and add a few thinly sliced raw shallots on top.
Layer a couple pieces of croutes on top. Then add a thick layer of shredded Swiss cheese on top, making sure you cover the bread well to prevent it from burning.
Place soup crocks on a baking dish (trust me, the cheese will melt and make a huge mess if you don't do this). Place in the oven for 30 minutes until cheese has browned.
Depending on your oven, you may have to turn it to broil for a couple minutes to achieve the browned cheesy goodness.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy!
This is one of those simple soups to make. All it really takes is throwing a few root veggies in a pot, cooking them down and tossing it all into blender and hitting puree. It’s yuumy, comforting, creamy and healthy! Blended soups are one of my favorites since they don’t require too much work, just a trusty blender. This recipe can be kept vegan by omitting the heavy cream and I find it to be just as delicious without it. Another variation to the truffle oil is adding a few drops of chili oil instead. I didn’t have any truffle oil on hand when I made this (which I normally use as a finishing touch) but the use of a little spicy chili oil made for a great alternative.
In a large pot, add olive oil and melt your butter.
Add your chopped leeks to the pot and cook on medium-low for about 10 minutes. When your leeks begin to soften up, add your garlic and cook for another 2-3 minutes until fragrant.
Add your vegetable stock, celery root, apples and potato. Reduce heat, cover and allow to simmer for about 45 minutes until all of the veggies are soft.
Add fresh thyme, nutmeg and white pepper. Remove from heat and puree using a hand mixer or you can use a blender (puree in small batches) until creamy and smooth.
Add your heavy cream (optional) or if you want to keep this vegan, you can not add it all or or use almond or coconut milk as a substitute. If your soup is too thick, it can be thinned out with a little additional water.
Return to low heat to bring the soup back up to temperature. Add salt to taste.
Serve with minced celery leaves and a few drops of chili oil.
A tasty vegan curry treat! I prefer roasting all of my ingredients for this soup in order to highlight the wonderful flavors. The amount of red curry paste can be adjusted. Every brand is a little different and the one I use from our local Co-op is rich and spicy. One tablespoon is plenty but feel free to add more if you want your soup extra spicy! Garnish with cilantro, thai chili, green onions, lime or basil!
Break your cauliflower into florets and clean well. Peel your carrots and parsnip and remove the ends. Cut the carrots and parsnip into large chunks.
On a large baking tray, place your garlic and onions (skin on) with the cauliflower, carrots and parsnip. Toss with coconut oil.
Place into oven and roast for 10 minutes. Remove your garlic and onions and set aside (these will be done first). Remove charred skin from both and discard.
Place the carrots, cauliflower and parsnip back into the oven to allow to cook further. Check every 10 minutes and turn with thongs until all sides are golden brown and have a slight char. This should take around 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven.
Bring vegetable broth to a boil in a large pot. Stir in red curry paste and add your roasted vegetables. Cover and boil soup until vegetables are soft for about 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat.
If you prefer your soup to be a little chunkier, use an immersion blender or potato masher while keeping your ingredients in the pot. For a creamier soup, place all ingredients into a blender. Puree until smooth.
Return soup to pot, add coconut milk. Stir until well heated. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add a dash of lime juice before serving.