Creamy Onion Soup

Onion Soup

I don’t know if you are with me, but I absolutely love onions.Β  I like them raw, sauteed, fried…well, you get the picture πŸ˜‰Β  I don’t think a day goes by that I don’t eat them.Β  My love of onions extends to other closely related vegetables, especially garlic, shallots, and leeks.Β  It is amazing how many different applications and combinations there are for these delicious vegetables.Β  What better way to celebrate this family of veggies, than to put them in a soup.Β  I originally came up with this soup recipe the Thanksgiving before last.Β  I was looking for a way to incorporate an onion flavor inside my homemade green bean casserole, and this soup worked perfectly (if you are looking for a delicious green bean casserole, check out my recipe).Β  The soup was so tasty and creamy, it has become one of my favorite soups.Β  It pairs wonderfully with beef or chicken, and a side veggie.Β  This soup is creamy, rich, and packed with layers of flavor.Β  You can make it with or without cream, and it will still be creamy either way.Β  If you like onions, you will adore this soup!

 

Creamy Onion Soup

4 to 6

Ingredients

  • 4 cups beef stock
  • 2 leeks (the whites)
  • 2 medium shallots
  • 4 medium garlic cloves
  • 1 large sweet onion
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil (I use extra virgin)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup heavy cream (optional)
  • Chop the onion, leeks, shallots, and garlic (note: leeks hold dirt, so make sure and cut in half and rinse out each layer). Place the butter and olive oil over medium heat (use a pan large enough to hold all the soup ingredients). Once heated, add the onion, leeks, shallots, and garlic. Cook for 8-10 minutes, until the onions become translucent and soft. Stir occasionally during this process. Continue on medium, until the veggies begin to caramelize, stirring as needed (which will take about 10 minutes).
  • Carefully add the beef broth and then the salt, and bring to a boil. Let boil covered for 5 minutes, and then turn down and simmer for 20 minutes. Keep covered and stir as needed throughout this process.
  • Once the soup is ready, remove it from the heat and puree. Ensure whatever you are using to puree, is made for very hot liquids, or you will have to let it cool first. If you are using cream, stir it in now (note: if you are making this ahead, wait to add the cream when you are reheating). This soup is also delicious without the cream.
  • Notes

    # 1 Leave the cream out if you are watching your calories or want to cut down on the fat. The soup will still be creamy and delicious.

    # 2 Make this soup a day or 2 ahead. If you are using cream, stir it in right before you reheat it.

    # 3 Serve this soup with crostini.

    # 4 Use the green part of the leeks for soups and sauces. Chop and freeze until ready to use. They will add great flavor.

     

    18 Responses to“Creamy Onion Soup”

    1. 02/18/2016 at 9:38 am #

      Yum, sounds good ! Pinned πŸ™‚ x

      • Zoale.com
        02/18/2016 at 9:54 am #

        Thank you so much Lynne!

    2. 02/18/2016 at 11:12 am #

      I also can not go without onions and garlic! This is my kind of yummy soup Antonia! xx

      • Zoale.com
        02/18/2016 at 11:58 am #

        Thanks Lynn!

        • 02/18/2016 at 12:00 pm #

          πŸ™‚ yum

        • Zoale.com
          02/18/2016 at 12:01 pm #

          I can’t live without them. My husband is not a raw onion lover, and he is always amazed at how I will eat them as a side πŸ™‚

        • 02/18/2016 at 1:42 pm #

          hahaha yumm

        • Zoale.com
          02/18/2016 at 3:21 pm #

          πŸ˜‰

    3. 02/18/2016 at 12:51 pm #

      Wonderful helpful tip about using the green part of the leeks Antonia! I’m always at a loss when it comes to using them and I feel terrible throwing away good food. This soup sounds like a winner to me- with leeks, shallots, onion, and garlic I bet it has an amazing depth of flavor!

      • Zoale.com
        02/18/2016 at 1:08 pm #

        Thank you Heather! You are so sweet! I used to throw them away until my mom told me I should save them. I especially like them in spaghetti sauce. Have a great Thursday πŸ™‚

    4. 02/18/2016 at 3:59 pm #

      Smooth and creamy soup you’ve got there Antonia! I also love onions and garlic (in almost everything! – excepted baked goods of course lol!) πŸ™‚

      • Zoale.com
        02/18/2016 at 8:55 pm #

        Thanks Linda! Haha, if it only made sense πŸ˜‰

    5. 02/19/2016 at 2:19 am #

      Simple and delicious!

      • Zoale.com
        02/19/2016 at 2:16 pm #

        Thank you Swapna!

    6. kushigalu
      02/21/2016 at 8:12 pm #

      This looks so creamy and delicious!

      • Zoale.com
        02/22/2016 at 9:29 am #

        Thanks Kushi!

    7. 02/22/2016 at 5:55 pm #

      I am a big fan of onion..this soup looks like my type I will definitely try it

      • Zoale.com
        02/22/2016 at 6:03 pm #

        That’s awesome Vidya, I hope you enjoy it! I would love to hear how you like it, if you get a chance πŸ˜€

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