I love onion soup, although I rarely get to eat it as it’s traditionally made with beef stock. So I order the goats cheese salad and get on with my day, but not this time my friends, no sir-ee! This time I’m making my own and it’s gonna be better than any onion soup on the high street. HEAR THAT CAFE ROUGE?! I do hope so.
Anyway, half way through making my soup, my housemate decides to tell me that she hasn’t eaten onion soup for over 20 years. 20 YEARS! Turns out, she suffered a rather violent fart attack on a family outing that was so severe it left her stepdad’s eyes watering. Who knew that an innocent bowl of onion soup could result in such an unpleasant car journey. She never ate onion soup again.
… Once I’d stopped laughing I turned my attention back to my soup, I’ll take my chances thanks. My housemate politely declines a bowl, probably for the best.
White Onion Soup
Serves 4 / Takes 40 minutes
3 medium onions
1 medium red onion
knob of butter
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp of sugar
2 tsp of Marmite
1 Tbs plain flour
1 litre of vegetable stock (2 liquid stock pots)
Small bunch of thyme tied together
Salt and pepper
60g Gruyere cheese
1 peeled garlic clove
Couple of slices of fresh bloomer bread
1. Peel and roughly chop the onions and fry them in the butter for 10 minutes. Stir in the sugar and continue to cook for an additional 10 minutes until the onions are soft. Mix in the flour and mustard and cook for one more minute.
2. Add the stock, marmite, the bunch of thyme and season liberally with salt and pepper.
3. Bring to the boil but then reduce to a simmer for half an hour. Take off the heat and remove the bunch of thyme. Ladle into a couple of bowls.
4. Now lightly toast your bread and rub the surface of the bread with a garlic clove. Cover in a generous amount of grated gruyere and pop under the grill until the cheese has melted.
5. Immerse the cheese on toast in the soup and serve with an extra crack of black pepper.
If you’ve had a go at making my soup or any of my other recipes I’d love to hear about it. @corrieheale firstname.lastname@example.org