Vegetarian French Onion Soup

Vegetarian French Onion Soup
Jane Bruce


  • 2 tablespoons  olive oil
  • red onions, sliced and halved
  • cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon  salt
  • 1 tablespoon  sugar
  • 1/2 cup  red wine
  • 1 tablespoon  dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon  dried thyme
  • 5 cups  vegetable stock
  • 2/3 cups  brewed coffee
  • 10 ounces  baguette, cubed
  • 1 cup  grated Gruyère

Snow, ice, wind, cold. Winter is upon us, which means, soup season is upon us. French onion soup is a classic go-to warming technique. This simple yet hearty dish is typically made with beef stock, leaving vegetarians out in the cold. Making this version at home is simple and delicious, and animal-cruelty free. The secret ingredient? Coffee.

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Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic. Stir until the onions are coated with oil. Add the salt, sugar, and red wine, and stir. Cook until onions are soft, about 10 minutes, stirring ocassionally to keep the onions from burning.

Add the parsley and thyme and pour in the vegetable stock, bringing it to a boil. Once the soup is boiling, add the coffee, turn the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 25-30 minutes.

To serve, place a handful of cubed bread in the bottom of your soup bowl. Ladle the desired amount of soup into the bowl, and spread the cheese across the top. Serve, and enjoy!


Calories per serving:

499 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Balanced Vegetarian

Daily value:



  • Fat 76g 117%
  • Carbs 240g 80%
  • Saturated 30g 152%
  • Fiber 19g 78%
  • Sugars 48g
  • Protein 81g 162%
  • Cholesterol 145mg 48%
  • Sodium 3,282mg 137%
  • Calcium 1,737mg 174%
  • Magnesium 232mg 58%
  • Potassium 1,699mg 49%
  • Iron 16mg 91%
  • Zinc 9mg 63%
  • Phosphorus 1,355mg 194%
  • Vitamin A 1,399IU 28%
  • Vitamin C 55mg 92%
  • Thiamin (B1) 2mg 107%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 87%
  • Niacin (B3) 15mg 76%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 65%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 566µg 141%
  • Vitamin B12 2µg 35%
  • Vitamin D 32IU 8%
  • Vitamin E 5mg 26%
  • Vitamin K 110µg 138%
  • Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 34g
  • Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 7g
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