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The Whole Foods Kosher kitchen

French Onion Soup Recipe

Posted on 13th of May, 2010 by Lévana

French onion soup - yummmm!

Every single ingredient in this wonderful onion 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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