Easy French Onion Soup Recipe

The classic French Onion Soup recipe can make any dinner into a special feast! This is easy to prepare – actually much easier than you may think! And this vegetarian recipe for the traditional French Onion Soup is delicious and Simply Yummy!


Many restaurants serve French Onion Soup but with a meat-based broth. I absolutely love this soup and when served with melted cheese and toasted croutons, it can be an entire meal. So here is my version of a vegetarian French Onion Soup recipe – it is simple to make using very basic ingredients but requires patience for it to come out just right. You will love this easy French Onion Soup Recipe and I am certain it will become a family favourite!

INGREDIENTS
8-10 onions (yellow/white – don’t use red)
4 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. sugar
salt
pepper
1 bay leaf
½ cup white wine (optional)
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
8 cups vegetable broth OR 8 cups water and 2 tbsp. vegetable soup powder OR water plus 1-2 vegetarian bouillon cubes
8 slices of toasted bread - optional
1 cup grated cheese – Swiss, Gruyere, or any other type you like

PREPARATION
1. Clean and peel the onions. Cut in half and then cut each half into thin, thin slices.

2. Heat the olive oil in a large pot. Add the thinly sliced onions. This is the only “difficult” part of the recipe. You need to let the onions sauté for about 30-40 minutes, stirring every so often so that they do not stick and burn. This is a fairly long process but this is the real secret to a really good French Onion Soup Recipe!

3. About 15 minutes into the onions' sauté, you will see the onions are soft and slowly turning golden. At this time, add 2 tbsp. sugar and stir well. This will help the onions caramelize..

4. Continue sautéing the onions and stirring often until they are a rich golden-brown. This will take time and patience.

5. When the onions are a rich golden-brown colour, add the bay leaf, vegetable broth (or water + bouillon cube), salt and pepper, nutmeg and wine (optional). Bring to the boil.

6. Simmer on low heat for 40 minutes.

7. Remove the bay leaf. Taste to adjust seasoning and salt/pepper as needed.

8. The secret of this soup is to give it time … if you try to rush the process it just won’t work. The longer you sauté the onions, the richer the flavour. The longer you slow-simmer the soup, the richer the flavour – patience is truly a virtue with this Easy French Onion Soup Recipe. I have also made this soup in a crock pot and it has turned out fantastic! Saute the onions on the stove as per above and then place all the ingreients in a crock-pot and let the soup simmer slowly for 5-6 hours - the result is wonderul!

To serve:
- You can place grated cheese and toasted croutons or toast slice on the bottom of the bowl and pour the hot soup over. This is the simplest way to serve.
- Or you can get fancy and place the soup in individual bowls, place the toast and then the grated cheese on top of the soup and grill in the oven for 6-8 minutes.
- Or you can get REALLY fancy and serve the soup in individual hollowed out loaves of bread (the round country-style loaves with the thick crust) and place the grated cheese over top and grill under the broiler for 6-8 minutes. This is impressive to serve and the bread is so good to eat with all the soup flavour soaked in – YUMMY
- But to be honest, I usually take the easier way out and serve as per the first option and it is ALWAYS a hit – I like EASY!

No matter how you chose to serve this Vegetarian French Onion Soup recipe – it will always be delicious! I like it without the cheese as well – less calories and just as good!

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