The Whole Foods Kosher kitchen

French Onion Soup Recipe

Posted on 13th of May, 2010 by Lévana

Every single ingredient in this wonderful soup is in on the secret of its success: All the members of the onion family are present; fresh thyme; The mixture of dark miso and dry red wine do wonders to imitate the beef broth that is the trademark of onion soup but that is off-limits to Kosher and Vegetarian Cooking; The cheeses must be freshly grated.


1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 large onions, sliced very thin (food processor)

4 large shallots, sliced very thin (food processor)

2 large leeks, white parts only, sliced very thin (processor)

6 large cloves garlic , minced (food processor)

3 tablespoons sugar

2 cups dry red wine (liquor stores)

1/2 cup dark miso paste (health food stores)

6 sprigs thyme, leaves only (or with their stems, but remember to fish it out)

2 1/2 quarts (10 cups) water

Good pinch nutmeg

Salt and freshly grated ground pepper (very little salt if at all)

1 cup grated Swiss cheese

1 cup smoked cheese, cut in small chunks

1 cup grated parmesan

A dozen slices baguette, cut on bias, toasted. (375 degrees oven, for about 20 minutes, until light brown)


Heat the oil in a heavy pot, and in it fry the onions, shallots, leeks and garlic on a medium flame, about 30 minutes, until dark. Add the sugar and cook two more minutes until caramelized. Add wine, miso, thyme, water and bring to a boil. Reduce to medium and cook covered another 30 minutes.  Stir in the ground pepper and nutmeg. Pour the mixture into individual oven-proof soup crocks. Float a slice of toasted baguette in the center of each bowl, and a handful of the mixed grated cheeses, and run under the broiler for just a few seconds. If you don’t own the crocks, no problem, just stir in the cheeses at the end and cooking, right in the pot, and top each serving with a slice of toast. It won’t look as dramatic, but it will be every bit as delicious!

Filed under: Dairy Recipes, Gluten Free Recipes, Kosher Recipes, Soup Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes

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