I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and enjoyed good food and good company.
Whether or not you took my advice, most of us can agree that a warm bowl of soup is the perfect complement to cold winter temperatures.
Today I’m sharing a recipe for one of my favorite soups: Onion Soup.
I used to think this soup must be super complicated, since it’s so rich in flavor. Much to my surprise, it’s actually quite foolproof. The key is to brown the onions for a long, long time until they get perfectly caramelized.
Beef broth is the classic base for onion soup, but I’ve made this with chicken and turkey stock with equally good results. Use whatever you have on hand. (If you do make beef stock, be sure to start with bones from grass-fed cows.)
- 5 large onions, thinly sliced
- 4 Tbsp butter
- 1 bay leaf
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- 2 quarts homemade beef broth (chicken or turkey broth also works - see notes)
- 4 oz dry white wine (optional)
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
Thinly slice onions. (If your food processor has a slicing attachment, this is really fast!)
In a large heavy bottomed soup pot over medium-high heat, melt butter. Add onions, bay leaf, and thyme. DO NOT ADD SALT YET, otherwise your onions will steam instead of brown.
Allow onions to brown for 25-30 minutes, stirring every few minutes. (Yes, it takes that long! The onions should be caramelize to a deep brown color. There might be some brown bits stuck to the bottom. That’s ok! Keep stirring and cooking. Those pan scrapings are what gives this so much flavor. If you think it’s burning, reduce your heat to medium or medium-low.)
If using, add wine and stir to deglaze the pan (a wooden spoon works best for this). Simmer for 2 minutes. Then add the beef stock. (Alternatively, skip the wine. The stock will deglaze the pan.)
Reduce heat to medium. Add salt and pepper. Simmer for 5-10 minutes.
Adjust seasonings and serve.
If you tolerate dairy, add freshly grated, aged Gruyere cheese!
NOTE: Here's a tutorial on how to make homemade broth from scratch.
Find respite from winter, cozy up by the fire, and enjoy a bowl of onion soup!
Now I’d like to hear from you:
What’s your favorite soup to enjoy during the winter months? Tell me in the comments below!
Until next week,