Empty Fridge = Onion Soup

Yet another less than stellar soup picture

You know the feeling. You should have gone to the grocery store 2 days ago, but didn’t. That means soup to the rescue. Especially if you have onions galore, a little stale bread and a tiny bit of Teese left. The result was All in the Family Onion Soup because it has garlic, onions and shallots, get it?

All in the Family Onion Soup
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp earth balance
2 shallots, sliced
4 ginormous sweet onions or 5 really big ones, sliced in thin half moons
5 cloves garlic, sliced thinly
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp dill
1/2 smoked paprika
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup white wine
1/4 cup flour
about 6 cups broth
1 Tbsp tamari
1- 2 Tbsp white vinegar (optional)*
salt and pepper to taste
broiled teese toast, if desired

Heat the oil and eb in big souppot. When hot, add the onions and cook over medium low heat for about an hour. The point is to try to caramelize the onions and that takes a lot of time over not so hot heat. Stir them every once in a while. After an hour, add the shallots and garlic and continue cooking for about another 1/2 hour. The onions should start to change to a darker color. When that happens, add the herbs and salt and cook for about 2- 3 more minutes. Add the the wine and turn up the heat a little for about 5 minutes so it reduces a little. Stir in the flour and when well distributed, add the broth and tamari. Lower the heat so the soup simmers for about 1/2 an hour. Check the seasonings and top with the toast.

*Here’s the story on the vinegar. I’ve just started adding it over the last few years. It seems my taste buds have changed and I don’t like it quite as sweet as I used to. So taste it as you go and see what you think.

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9 Comments

  1. Posted October 30, 2008 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    Onion soup is one of my favorite things – empty fridge or not! And your recipe sounds great.

  2. Posted October 30, 2008 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

    Sounds yummy!

  3. Posted October 31, 2008 at 2:05 am | Permalink

    I made French onion soup tonight as well! Your’s looks delicious!

  4. Posted October 31, 2008 at 3:10 am | Permalink

    Ooh is looks so rich and delicious.

  5. Posted October 31, 2008 at 3:27 am | Permalink

    Just might have to make this for my man – he’s an onion fanatic, and I dig soups whenever it’s cold outside. Of course, I’ll have to get over my pathological fear of onions first… and where, oh where does one get smoked paprika?

  6. Posted October 31, 2008 at 4:05 am | Permalink

    I have never had onion soup. Yours looks really good!

  7. Posted October 31, 2008 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    I am saving this recipe for a day like that! I looks so good, who would have thought the fridge was empty?

  8. Posted November 2, 2008 at 4:43 am | Permalink

    my rescue in those times of need is campbell’s tomato soup. yours looks so much better!

  9. Posted November 2, 2008 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    Melissa, the smoked paprika is from Penzeys, but I’ve even seen it in Wegmans which is a pretty mainstream grocery store around here. Now that fear of onions….that might be deter to you.

    Thanks for all the kind words. This soup is great to make when you basically have nothing but onions!

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