Vegetarian French Onion Soup

Vegetarian French Onion Soup
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Vegetarian French Onion Soup

Jane Bruce

Vegetarian French Onion Soup

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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Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

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!

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
24g
34%
Sugar
8g
9%
Saturated Fat
12g
50%
Cholesterol
104mg
35%
Carbohydrate, by difference
35g
27%
Protein
30g
65%
Vitamin A, RAE
156µg
22%
Vitamin B-12
1µg
42%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
13mg
17%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
136µg
100%
Calcium, Ca
209mg
21%
Choline, total
36mg
8%
Fiber, total dietary
6g
24%
Folate, total
66µg
17%
Iron, Fe
9mg
50%
Magnesium, Mg
97mg
30%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
9mg
64%
Pantothenic acid
2mg
40%
Phosphorus, P
317mg
45%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
13µg
24%
Sodium, Na
485mg
32%
Water
330g
12%
Zinc, Zn
6mg
75%

Vegetarian Shopping Tip

Look for vegetables that are firm and bright in color – avoid those that are wilted or have wrinkled skins, which are signs of age.

Vegetarian Cooking Tip

Different vegetables have different cooking times – cook each type separately and then combine.