Tuesday, September 1, 2009

French Onion Soup

Bonjour, mon amies! It's time for a little soup, oui? Okay, I'll knock off the Parisian accent and get right down to business. Today's recipe is one of my favorites all year round. Why? Again, it's because it follows the Gumbo Writer trifecta of recipe yumminess -- it's what? -- say it with me: cheap, easy and quick! This soup is also versatile because it can be made with or without meat, so is suitable for carnivores and veggytarianistic folks alike. :)

*Sorry, Twitter friends, I lied about posting the Manicotti recipe today! Daughter has the photos on her camera, and took off for school early. Will post next week.

Beefy French Onion Soup
3 each yellow & white onions, medium chopped
2 Tbsp. butter or margarine spread
4 Tbsp. olive oil
1 can Cream of Mushroom with Roasted Garlic soup
1 cup dry onion soup mix
2 minced garlic pods
Dash of Kitchen Bouquet
Sea salt and black pepper to taste
Leftover roast and gravy (@ 2 cups or more)
Swiss Cheese slices
Melba toast/croutons/toast bread rounds

Chop onions in hunks as shown in the picture above. Saute in butter and olive oil just until wilted for about 25 minutes. Add garlic in for the last five minutes only so they don't burn and become bitter.
As the onions cook, bring a large pot of water to a boil, then turn to medium-high. Add in all other ingredients, stirring often. (Be sure to cut your roast into chunks before adding to the pot.)

When onions are limp and going clear, add them to the soup pot. Turn heat to simmer and cook without lid on for a few more hours so the flavors and spices can spread throughout.

When you are ready to serve, ladle soup into bowls, top with croutons and cheese to let melt. (If you can't find prepared croutons, it's easy to make your own from a baguette sliced into rounds and put in a slow oven to dry.) about good! Can you smell it?


♥ Braja said...

LOOOOOOOOVE French onion dip. I know. (shaking head....)

Kora Bruce said...

OMGosh this looks soo yummy. and I've been craving soup! I'm going to havvve to try this one.

Whats the weather like over there today? It's a-maaaazing today in Lafayette

Lois Lane II said...

YUM!!! I love French Onion soup!

Hilary said...

Darn, that looks delicious!

Scott said...

OMG . . . memories light the corners of my mind . . . there was this place when I lived in Delaware that served the best French onion soup EVER! They served it in pewter bowls with a thick hunk of bread on top and loads of cheese! Mmmmmmmmm, mmmmmmmm, good!


Janna Qualman said...

Holy french onion soup, that looks good!

The Things We Carried said...

LOVE onions! So sad my hubby doesn't. This looks fab and easy!

Elizabeth Bradley said...

Oh yeah, now that's cooking.

Karen said...

Wonderful recipe! Yep, fall right around the corner...or so.....and I get into the "soup mood."

Thanks for that one.

DebraLSchubert said...

Why is it every time I come here I get hungry? Even if I've just eaten. BTW: Left you something over at my place.;-)

Sugar Creek Beads said...

Cher, oh how I love onion soup. This is the first I have seen with beef and it looks so good. I will make this next time I have some roast left. Thank you for this one. Jeanne

Karen said...

Mon ami, merci beaucoup for the recipe for the French Onion soup. It's my favorite!

Anonymous said...

How about this. A fru-fru receipe. Have honestly never tried this soup. Yea, sheltered life.

A Mom on Spin said...

I think I've gone to heaven!

Diane said...

My husband would love it! Thanks for sharing. :O)

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