FRENCH ONION SOUP
This is one of my favorite soups to make in the cold months. A big plus is that it comes together in less than an hour. It’s surprisingly easy to make delicious vegan French onion soup. While it’s not traditional, I like to use red onions because they are my favorite, but any kind of onion works. This soup has a secret ingredient! Its miso. It gives the soup “umami”, which is considered the fifth taste and has been recently discovered by the Western World. The miso, along with vegetable broth, replaces the beef broth that is usually used. If you do not have any miso in your pantry, then I suggest that you get some right away and give it a try. Miso has many uses and it’s nutritious as well as tasty. It is quite salty, so don’t add any salt to any recipe that calls for miso. This recipe makes about two portions, but you can double or triple it easily.
• 1-5 Garlic Cloves, depending on your love of garlic, diced.
• ½ Red Onion, sliced thinly
• About ¼ cup White Wine
• 1-2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
• 1-2 Tablespoons Butter or Margarine
• 1 teaspoon Miso, any flavor
• 1 teaspoon Vegetable Broth
• Spices, such as pepper, thyme, mustard powder, and rosemary.
• About 3 cups of water.
For the croutons:
• Baguette, sliced thinly
• About ½ cup Olive Oil
• Diced Garlic to taste
• Nutritional Yeast to taste
Sautee the onions, until tender and translucent in the olive oil, butter/margarine, and wine. Add the diced garlic, and cook a few minutes more. Add the water and spices. Simmer about a half hour to let the flavors develop. Add some diced Swiss cheese to your bowl if you are so inclined, ladle the soup into the bowl and top with the toasted begetter slice.
While the soup is simmering away, spread the olive oil, then the yeast and garlic on one side of each slice of baguette and broil briefly until browned. Yummm. Your home will smell delicious!