Easy Vegan French Onion Soup Recipe
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Yield: 6-8 servings
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 large white or yellow onions, sliced into thin half-moons
  • 3 large fresh thyme sprigs (about 1 tbsp), leaves stripped (or ½ tsp dried)
  • 2 tbsp good quality aged balsamic vinegar
  • 4 cups (1qt) vegetable stock (no salt added)
  • 2 cups purified water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 tsp sea salt, divided
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper Optional (non-vegan version):
  • Sprouted whole grain bread
  • Grated Gruyere cheese (not healthy but a little is ok for an indulgence)
  1. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil over medium heat in a large soup pot or Dutch oven.
  2. Add the onions, thyme, 1 tsp salt and drizzle 1 tbsp olive oil over the onions; lower the heat to medium low. The onions may be filling the pot completely but will cook down to about ⅓ of their mass.
  3. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the onions caramelize and turn light golden brown, about 50-60 minutes.
  4. Add the balsamic and cook until it’s absorbed and the onions are a deeper brown, about 15 more minutes.
  5. Add the stock, water, bay leaf, remaining salt and pepper, then bring to a boil.
  6. Turn the heat to low and simmer at least 30 minutes.
  7. Remove the bay leaf before serving.
  8. I usually eat it just like this, but you can also serve it with toasted sprouted grain bread and melted gruyere cheese for a more classic presentation. Instead of baking the cheese onto the soup, put slices of sprouted grain bread on a baking sheet, rub the tops with a fresh garlic clove, drizzle with a little olive oil and top with the gruyere cheese. Bake for 10 minutes at 350º until the cheese is melted. Top each cup of soup with a slice of the cheesy bread and serve.
  9. This soup (minus the cheese and bread) freezes extremely well in an airtight glass container.
  10. Tip: You can also substitute ¼ cup of a good quality, bold red wine for the balsamic vinegar. I suggest a burgundy or cabernet sauvignon.
Recipe by Elizabeth Rider at https://www.elizabethrider.com/easy-vegan-french-onion-soup-recipe/