Fast and Frugal: Sweet Onion Soup
|Sweet Onion Soup with White Cipollini Onions|
I have a bad case of cabin fever.
As I write this, our weather is going from rain to snow, from 38 degrees to below freezing, and a thin, gritty coat of ice is starting to cover roads and cars. I've got a nagging sinus infection and the weather isn't helping it.
Fortunately, I've got a carton of frozen onion soup, made three months ago and stashed in the freezer so that it would be there to comfort me when I needed it.
I need it now.
Sweet Onion Soup (4 servings)
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 6-8 large onions, peeled and sliced (I used white cipollini and sweet yellow onions)
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 6 cups chicken broth, preferably organic
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 teaspoon thyme leaves
- 2 bay leafs
- 3 heaping tablespoons all-purpose flour
- sea salt and pepper
Place butter in a medium stockpot; melt over medium heat. Add sliced onion and garlic. Brown over medium heat until golden. Remove from stockpot and set aside. Deglaze stockpot with about a cup of chicken broth.
When onions have cooled a bit, toss with flour, and return to stockpot. Add remainder of chicken broth, thyme leaves and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and allow to simmer for 30-40 minutes. Taste frequently and season as needed. Remove bay leaves before serving.
(I'm a huge taster. When I make soup, I use at least a dozen spoons, tasting frequently. I add whatever I need to make it taste good: an extra bay leaf, more salt, more herbs, etc.)
Last fall in Quebec City, we had a wonderful onion soup at Bistro Sous Le Fort near the funicular that makes moving between the upper and lower Old Town much easier than walking.
Definitely a tourist place, the bistro offered a charming wait staff and a lively atmosphere. Everyone around us was from somewhere else: Amsterdam, Paris, San Francisco. We were hungry from a day of plane travel (Message to O'Hare International Airport: Get some decent food!) and the soup was hearty and filling.
|Bistro Sous Le Fort, Old Quebec, Lower Town|