Jun 17, 2010

french onion soup

How is this for perplexing: My eldest daughter cannot stand onions in anything. In fact, she picks them out if she can. BUT her favorite soup is French Onion. Go figure.
This soup is easy to make, but there is a lot of stand-by cooking, kind of like for an airplane, but not as tedious. Not necessarily food-sitting, but standing near-by to stir the onions while they cook for an hour. You can wash the dishes from last night, read a book, mop the floor - whatever, as long as you are standing by. Once the onions are cooked way down (from 8 cups to maybe 2 cups) the soup is almost done. This soup is deep, dark and rich. You can serve it with Daiya or Follow Your Heart or just a crouton.
It is no wonder Cat likes it so much.

Cost Breakdown:
onions: $2
homemade stock: $1
bread: $2
 wine: $1
tamari: $ .50
Total to feed a family of 5:


  1. Looks beautiful! I've never tried french onion soup but always have wanted to.
    Your daughter reminded me of when I was younger. I used to hate tomatoes but love ketchup haha

  2. Thanks! The tomato thing...that's my son. Cannot stand tomatoes but has no problem with ketchup.

    This soup is pretty easy to make, just have something to do while the onions are cooking.

    I used to love French Onion (whenever it was veg), but mostly, of course, it is made with beef broth. So this is what I came up with after trying a whole bunch of so-so recipes.

    How are those tamales doing? I haven't seen you post it, yet.


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