Meatless French Onion Soup

Meatless French Onion SoupThis meatless French onion soup is an inexpensive, delicious Lenten meal and not hard to make.

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 4 onions thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup red wine
  • 2 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 4 slices of bread
  • 4 slices of Swiss cheese
  • 1 quart of water
  • 1 tsp soy sauce

In a pot — we used a Dutch oven — heat the olive oil and butter over medium heat until the butter is melted. Put the onions in the oven and let them cook for 10 minutes. Splash in some wine — we just used a box red — to deglaze then let them simmer on medium low for a half hour.   Stir in the garlic powder. Let it cook for two minutes then put in the rest of the wine. Turn the heat to hight to boil off half the wine, while you fill up a quart container with water. Add the soy sauce to the water then pour it in the pot. Add the salt and pepper. Bring it back to a boil then lower it to a simmer while it cooks for an hour.

Toast four slices of bread.  We used a Pao Caseiro from the Lusitania Bakery. Put a  slice in a broiler-safe bowl then ladle soup atop it. Pace the cheese atop the soup and broil until the cheese melts. A toaster oven works great.

Meatless French Onion Soup



5 thoughts on “Meatless French Onion Soup”

  1. There’s a Lusitania Bakery down there, too? We have a Lusitania Bakery here in Bethlehem. I think it was started by Portuguese immigrants (hence the name). They make excellent breads and rolls.

    As far as meatless meals for Lent go, you can also make a vegetable stock that mimics beef stock, by sauteeing diced carrot, celery, and onions, to carmelize them, and then simmer carmelized vegetables in water to make your stock. Add a little tomato paste, too, and whatever seasonings your soup calls for.

      1. That’s very interesting, that they get shipped all the way down to you guys. I wonder if Egypt Star sells their goods outside the Valley, too. Excellent Paska bread!

  2. If you haven’t tried this onion soup, you are missing the meal of your life. It really is good! Let me know what you think?

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