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Vegetarian French Onion Soup
I am SO thrilled with how this recipe came out, the flavor is just ridiculous and my new favorite meal ever. You’ll love this vegan French onion soup!
It’s been years since I had a homemade French onion soup, but now that I can make it vegan and still create so much delicious flavor I am no longer missing out! I know you’ll love it too!
Organic Onion Soup
Since the ingredients for this soup are so basic and simple, I would HIGHLY recommend purchasing fresh, organic product and veggie broth. If you don’t normally buy organic except on occasion, this is the time to do it.
To me, organic onions are so much sweeter and yummier than conventional (I used yellow, but white is okay too), and since they’re the star of the show I definitely splurged on them for this. Also try to get organic veggie stock, it really makes a difference!
Unlike a lot of my other recipes, this is not a quick meal to fix. Simple, yes, but it takes lots of patience. The onions alone take about 40 minutes to caramelize, and then it has to simmer with the rest of the ingredients for another good 20.
Be warned: cutting 2 pounds of onions is no fun for your eyes. I’ve heard you can light a flame or keep a piece of bread in your mouth to avoid crying while cutting them, but I was already covered in onions before I remembered. It’s worth the struggle though!
Melted Vegan Cheese
So about the cheese, yes vegan cheese exists, and no it’s not as scary as it sounds.
Well some of it actually is kind of scary, but there are a few brands who get it right!
I hardly use vegan cheese, but you just can’t have French onion soup without the appropriate topping: French bread with melty cheese.
Just a quick vegan cheese guide: I used Chao original vegan cheese, it actually tastes pretty good, but when you try to melt it, it changes color from white to yellow. Brands like Daiya or Follow Your Heart have options that do melt better, but the texture is a bit different, so you may want to try them before you commit to one for this soup! I was happy with the Chao flavor, just a bit disappointed in the color change.
Flavorful French Onion Soup
The caramelized onions, delicious veggie broth, herbs and mushrooms (which are optional by the way, I loved them as an addition to this soup), make this soup incredibly tasty and you won’t be able to get enough.
This soup is:
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For the Soup
- 2 Ibs White or Yellow Onions
- 8 oz Cremini Mushrooms (optional)
- 3 Cloves Garlic
- 1 Liter Veggie Broth (low sodium)
- 1/2 Cup Dry White Wine (I used Chardonnay)
- 2 Bay Leaves
- 1 Tsp Dried Thyme
- 1/2 Tsp Dried Rosemary
- 1 Tsp Flour
- 1/4 Cup Water
- 1/4 Tsp Pepper
- Salt to Taste*
For the Topping
- French Bread
- Vegan Cheese
- Chop onions into thin strips. Add to a large pot with a splash of veggie stock and a dash of salt. Cook on medium heat until they turn brown and caramelized, roughly 40 minutes (they should be super soft and stick together a bit).**
- Add the wine (or sub with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar), and stir well, ensuring you are scraping the bottom to avoid burning, and incorporating the brown, caramelized pieces that may develop on the bottom of the pot.
- Add the flour and cook for a minute or two. Add the vegetable broth, garlic, mushrooms, bay leaves, thyme, rosemary, salt pepper and water. Bring to a boil, and reduce heat to low to simmer for roughly 40 minutes.
- Toast your bread and scoop the soup into your bowl of choice. Place bread on top with some vegan cheese and broil in the oven just until the cheese is melted, no more than a minute or so. Enjoy!
*I would recommend adding salt at the end as the saltiness can change drastically after cooking, and also depends on what brand of broth you use.
**Totally optional, but you can add a small drizzle of a neutral oil at this point. This recipe doesn't require it, but it can help speed up the browning process, and adds a bit of flavor as well.