A light, easy, savory onion soup. Make it the main course or serve it as a side.
French onion soup, where have you been hiding? It’s been too long.
Thanks to Thalia at Butter and Brioche, I was reacquainted with my long lost friend. Life is good. Well, it was good before the memory of this simple, healthy (the vegan version is) soup was dusted off from the recesses of my mind, but now, it’s even better, because I’m eating one of my favorite things on the planet!!!
Don’t you love onions? How about caramelized onions, bathed in red wine, and then covered in vegetable stock. Oh, let’s not forget the herbs; bay leaves and thyme. Ahhh, close your eyes, now take a deep breath through your nose, and imagine how amazing the combination of these ingredients smell. Now stop imagining and grab some onions, get slicing, and start making some of your own.
One of the many things that I love about soup, any kind of soup, is how uncomplicated most are. French onion soup is one of the easiest. You’ll only need a few onions, garlic, vegan butter, red wine, vegetable stock/broth, fresh or dried thyme, and bay leaves. You don’t even have to be a great cook to make this. If you can slice an onion, heat butter, cook onions, and pour broth, you can do this!
Vegan French onion soup is slightly different from the true version, because we use vegetable stock instead of beef broth. And, my version omits the thick, gooey layer of baked cheese that sits on top of the bowl. Frankly, I never liked the heavy cheese, I usually took it off and set it aside, so I actually enjoy this vegan version more than the traditional kind.
If you’ve never had onion soup, you must try it. The onions cook down to soft, sweet, flavorful slivers of deliciousness. The thyme and bay leaves, along with the red wine, turn the vegetable broth into a rich and savory base that marries beautifully with the onions. In my opinion, the vegan version tastes fresher, lighter, and better than that made with beef broth. Save a cow, eat veggies.
Serve it with some warm olive bread, and a salad. Of course, you had to open a bottle of wine for the broth, so you might as well have a glass with dinner. Why not?!
Here is an easy option for a fun and spooky Halloween dinner. Pretend the onions are worms, and turn the olive bread into eyeballs that peek out of the soup. Your kids will love it! And let’s be honest, the kid in you will too!