It's been a while!
October proved to be much busier than I anticipated. With the changing seasons brought a bit of a change of internal temperature for me. I always try to ward off viruses any way I can. Usually, I'm successful.
For whatever reason, my immune system felt a little overwhelmed this year. Needless to say, I was in bed for a good 48 hours shivering and sniffling. Over those few days when I was recovering, I downed soup and tea like mad! Soup is a food group that I overlook during the warmer months, with the exception of the occasional gazpacho. I really love soups during the fall and winter. There's something magical about eating and drinking something all at once. I love to drink all my leftover broth. It warms my heart! ^_^
One of my favorite soups is French onion. I used to eat this in my pre-veg days, like most people, I suppose. It's a pretty common menu item. I really wanted it the one day when I wasn't feeling well. There's something really comforting about sweet caramelized onions in a rich salty broth. However, I was faced with a bit of a dilemma: I only had half an onion...
Yeah, you can't really do much with half an onion!! That's basically one serving! Luckily, I had some other vegetables in my fridge that needed to be used. This version of baked onion soup is a hodge podge of ingredients that I had on hand. However, I think after making "onion" soup this way, I'll never settle for just onions again! It was definitely delicious and also a hit with my "non-veg" family. ;)
I prepared the soup in the "French" fashion (or wherever it came from!) with a crunchy crouton in the bottom of a crock and melted "cheese" on top. I used some gluten free bread that I had on hand, but you can use any toasted bread that you prefer (or, omit if you choose). The "cheese" is also optional, but it's so fun! I also like the presentation because it reminds me that vegan dishes can imitate conventional ones pretty well when they feel like it!
Adapted from Baked Onion Soup in Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons by Nava Atlas
Yield: 6 servings
Oven 375 F.
This is my very first food blog! I post revised conventional recipes of foods that I hold near and dear to my heart. My cooking here is all gluten-free and cruelty-free, but full of flavor and comfort.