Last weekend I decided that even though my schedule is full and hectic I’m going to make a better effort cooking meals for my blog since it’s something I love to do. Haven’t you noticed the increased activity this week? This makes me super happy!! And luckily it’s winter so using the crock pot will make for easy meals and help keep the house warm :) There are numerous ways to make onion soup and this is the first time I’ve made it since not being vegetarian and also my first time in a crock pot. Whenever I made a vegetarian version I always made sure to add extra spice to give the broth a rich flavor normally coming from the beef broth. So this being said it’s times like these that make me happy to no longer be a vegetarian. Sweat the onions, add to the crockpot, throw in some wine, beef broth, and splash of Worcestershire and let it do it’s magic!
- 5-6 medium onions
- 1 T sugar
- 1 t salt
- olive oil
- 6 cups beef broth
- Worcestershire sauce
- white wine, something very dry
- french bread
- avocado (optional)
1. Slice the onions into thin rounds and half moons. Using a mandolin makes this easy and fast, even with a heavily bandaged finger.
2. In a dutch oven heat up some olive oil and butter. I don’t measure anything so use enough for the amount of onions sliced, probably 3 T oil and 3 T butter. Add the onions, salt, and sugar and sweat over medium low heat for 30 minutes until soft and starting to brown. Next add a few spoonfuls of flour, 2-3 T, and mix well cooking for another 5 minutes.
3. Add onions to crock pot along with the beef broth, white wine, and Worcestershire. I used probably 1/2-3/4 cup wine and about 1 T Worcestershire. Mix well and add some water, I used ~1 cup, enough to almost fill the crock pot.
4. Cook on low for 7-9 hours.
5. Ladle soup into bowls. I used mugs, just because. Place bread slices on top and lastly layer with some cheese. I’m not a swiss fan so normally I’d substitute provolone, but I had some Baybel cheese rounds in the fridge so I used that. Place under the broiler and cook until cheese is melted and bubbly.