This is a cinch of a recipe (the hardest part of cutting the onions), but it does take time. This is a ‘let it simmer for ages’ type of soup, rather than a ‘whip it up in 5 mins’ type of soup. Most of the cooking time doesn’t involve you actually doing anything, except stir it every now and then, so you can cook this while you’re being distracted doing something else.
- 8-10 brown onions (I used 8)
- 4 tbs olive oil
- 2 tbs sugar (I used raw sugar, but apparently brown sugar is better)
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/2 cup white wine (optional – I used Chardonnay)
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 8 cups (2 L) vegetable stock
Clean and peel the onions. Cut in half and then cut each half into thin, thin slices. (I minced my onions in my fancy new juicer which has a mincing attachment, so your soup will look different to the photo if you slice them.)
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 min, 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!
About 15 min into the onions’ sauté, you will see the onions are soft and slowly turning golden. At this time, add 2 tbs sugar and stir well. This will help the onions caramelise.
Continue sautéing the onions and stirring often until they are a rich golden-brown. This will take time and patience.
When the onions are a rich golden-brown colour, add the bay leaf, vegetable stock, salt and pepper, nutmeg and wine (optional). Bring to the boil.
Simmer on low heat for 40 min.
Remove the bay leaf. Taste to adjust seasoning and salt/pepper as needed.
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. You could 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 ingredients in a crock-pot and let the soup simmer slowly for 5-6 hr – the result is wonderful!
Source: Food Connect website