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October 6, 2009   •   Ariel and Whitney

Vegetarian French Onion Soup

My whole life I have always loved french onion soup. How could one possibly not enjoy that warm beefy broth with tender onions? How could one not devour the broth soaked crouton smothered in creamy, gooey, and slightly torched cheese? If I had to think of a perfect comfort food, it would definitely be french onion soup. Served in a hot ceramic bowl, overflowing with cheese, it is perfect every time.

Disaster struck the day I realized that french onion soup was a big kosher no-no. The soup breaks a cardinal rule of Kosher-ism by mixing milk and meat. Yikes! From that day forward, I vowed to find a replacement. I had to find something that could sooth my soul equally, if not better, than my beloved french onion soup.

On a cold and rainy day last week, I began to research soups to make for the upcoming chilly months. It was then when I happened upon Kayotic Kitchen’s, Sweet Onion and Bread Soup. The name itself sounds tantalizing and Kayotic Kitchen’s pictures were just beautiful. I knew that I’d have to try this soup right away.

Sweet Onion and Bread Soup
Half loaf of a dense, dark bread (about 8 oz)
3 large sweet onions, cut in half and sliced
4 large garlic cloves, minced
4 cups vegetable broth
1 tsp dried thyme
1 cup milk or cream
1 stick butter
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
shredded cheddar to garnish
Start by cubing your bread and toasting it in a pan with about 2 oz of your butter. In a separate pan, add the remaining butter and saute the onions and garlic (about 30 minutes). Once the onions are softened, add the dried thyme.
Once the bread is toasted, take the pan off the heat and add the milk. Wait until the bread has soaked up all the milk and then add the mixture to your onions and garlic. Add in the vegetable broth and let simmer for about 20 minutes. While the soup is simmering, sprinkle in the parmesan cheese. This will thicken the broth and give it some more flavor. Mix and season with salt and pepper to taste.
To serve, ladle the soup into a bowl. Top with a crusty piece of bread and some cheddar cheese. Enjoy!

When I tasted this soup, I realized that the flavor was familiar. While there was no smell of beef emanating from the rising steam, there was a very cheesy and oniony essence which was very appealing. At once I realized that this was my vegetarian french onion soup! How could I not notice it before? It included all of the necessary ingredients- toasted bread, onions and cheese. So for all of you vegetarians, and kosher keepers, here is your savior!

Definitely try out this soup, it is just delicious. If you don’t need it to be vegetarian then I suggest you add in chicken broth or even beef broth. This would add a lot more flavor. Don’t forget you can always add more cheese or more bread depending on how rich and luxurious you want it to be. Get creative!

Bon eating,
Ariel

5 thoughts on “Vegetarian French Onion Soup

  1. Justin says:

    i'm pretty sure i'd love this

  2. Cate says:

    I'm DEFINITELY going to try this. While I'm not vegetarian yet, I am not eating beef and I was afraid I'd have to give French Onion soup up for good!

  3. Dolce says:

    "The soup breaks a cardinal rule of Kosher-ism by mixing milk and meat"

    ? I am French and have never put any milk nor cream in my onion soup, just a tad gruyere cheese on top of toasted baguette in my soup…

  4. Ariel says:

    Justin- thanks!!!

    Cate- so glad to help! you're going to love it.

    Dolce- my mistake- I should have clarified that you can't mix any dairy with the meat. In this case, the cheese from the soup could not go with the beef broth. And you have to have the cheese! It's the best part! Since in my soup I used vegetable broth, it gave me more opportunity to use dairy- like the cheese and cream.

  5. Dolce says:

    Got it. Sorry! But indeed, you've got to have cheese… So the vegetable broth is even better!

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