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Vegetarian French Onion Soup

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Ingredients

Family Story

French Onion Soup is both particular and excellent. It consists of a very few complex ingredients and is traditionally made with beef broth and red wine. My family and I are lifelong vegetarians, so I created a version that rivals the original but without the inclusion of any meat. This recipe allows the onions to remain the star of the show, while the herbs and white wine create a heady base that keeps the soup multidimensional and layered. It also corrects the notion that those who do not eat meat do not understand the history of culture when not adhering to a certain rigid set of Eurocentric traditions. This soup is just delicious and is the one my family requests the most.

Directions

1 Step

1. Finely slice 1 1/2 lbs. of onions.

2 Step

2. Heat oil in a large heavy saucepan (or Dutch oven) over a medium low heat and add onions. Stirring frequently, sauté for 30-40 mins. Onions should caramelize to a medium brown.

3 Step

3. While onions caramelize, shred cheese.

4 Step

4. After the onions have caramelized, raise the heat to medium high, add the white wine, and cook for 10 mins. to burn off the alcohol.

5 Step

5. Add vegetable stock and herbs, bring to a boil, and cook for 20 mins. uncovered.

6 Step

6. Dissolve cornstarch in 1/4 c. of water and add to soup.

7 Step

7. Add heavy cream and stir.

8 Step

8. Remove herb sprigs from soup and taste for salt. Add more if necessary (there will already be a fair amount of salt in the soup from the vegetable stock if store bought).

9 Step

9. Add black pepper, bring soup to a boil again and cook for 5 mins.

10 Step

10. Ladle soup into two bowls, and sprinkle 1/4 c. of the shredded cheese directly onto the top of each bowl.

11 Step

11. Toast the slices of bread twice (do not burn them), cut them into cubes and place cubes on top of each bowl.

12 Step

12. Sprinkle the remaining cheese equally over the top of the bread in each bowl.

13 Step

13. Broil the soup in an oven for 2-3 mins. melting the cheese.

14 Step

14. Serve immediately with a side dish that is crisp, raw, light and acidic.

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