21 October 2006

Potage a l'Oignon (Onion Soup)

“They’re very sweet,” said the farmer, rearranging the golden onions in the white basket. “But I won’t be here after this week. . .”

So of course, I bought them. There were only three farm market vendors braving yesterday’s chill and I noticed prices were up. No matter. The fresh produce is still a bargain, compared to the older stuff you find at the supermarket.

I loaded up on onions, thinking the weather was perfect for onion soup, usually Saturday night fare at our house.

This version was sweeter than usual. It could have been dessert. Oh, but it was wonderful.

Sweet Onion Soup for Two


  • 3 of the sweetest onions you can find, peeled and sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 Tablespoon flour
  • 2 cups beef bouillon
  • 2 cups chicken bouillon
  • ¼ cup warm milk
  • Dash ground pepper
  • Dash sea salt
  • Dash herbes de Provence


After you’ve sliced the onions, brown them slightly in butter in a heavy stockpot or skillet. Add flour and brown, until the onions turn golden.

Add hot beef and chicken bouillon and allow the soup to come to a boil. Lower the heat and allow it to simmer for 20 minutes.

Next, add the milk and allow it to simmer a bit longer. Add pepper, salt and herbes. My husband prefers his without cheese, but I usually do a blend of Mozzarella and Parmesan.

Sometimes I add croutons that have been sautéed in butter and garlic. Tonight: simple French dinner rolls.


9 comments:

L Vanel said...

Your nice firm onions from the farmer's market man and that soup you've made have inspired me Mimi! Thanks!

christine said...

Mmmmmm! That looks wonderful. Perfect for this time of year.

Kalyn said...

I love onion soup. I haven't heard of adding the milk and love the idea of it. I used to work at a French restaurant in college and this was one of the things we were allowed to eat without paying for it, so I ate it all the time!

Mimi said...

I cannot see any disadvanatges to eating onion soup frequently, unless you pair it with French rolls slathered in butter. I do the French rolls, but use Smart Balance. I am sure my grandmothers and my father are rolling over . . .

It has been a very, very cool and rainy fall in Wisconsin and soup is perfect just now.

I should mention that my husband found the soup a bit bland. We have another recipe that has a bit more bite.

Katie said...

We had a strong wind come up last night and blow all the nice weather away....onion soup time! Thanks for the inspiration!

Mimi said...

Thank you for visiting — my computer is down and I expect it will be a few days before I am back in business.

Loulou said...

I am definitely trying this one! I adore onions and this looks like a great recipe.

Lydia said...

There's something about cool weather and onion soup....an irresistible combination. I confess I'm partial to Julia Child's classic recipe, but yours looks delicious!

Mimi said...

I will try Julia's recipe next.

And I never met an onion I did not like, either.