Classic French Onion Soup
The first time I had French onion soup, I think Jason and I were dating maybe a little over a year. The reason why I never had it before was because I used to have an aversion to onions. I never liked them until college and even then, I couldn’t fathom drinking an entire soup made from onions. I know, it’s crazy. A food blogger that used to not like onions – how did I cook?! Well, I’d cook with them, I just would pick them out :) and of course, in French onion soup, you can’t really pick out the onions.
So by the time Jason and I went to this nice French restaurant for dinner, I had grown to love onions and couldn’t get enough of them. We each ordered a bowl of French onion soup (me having it for the first time) and I don’t think I’ve been so impressed with soup in my entire life. I loved the cheesy topping but what I loved most was the sweet caramelized onion flavor that perfumed the entire soup. It was so comforting. I still dream about that soup. We haven’t been back to that restaurant in a while but every time we pass it, I think of their incredible French onion soup.
I figured I’d give it a shot and make it at home. It was one of those weekends that was forecasted to be a brutal chill so I thought it’d be the perfect soup to have throughout the weekend.
I just loved cooking this. The sweet onion smell enveloped my entire house. It’s such a great scent!! I will say that making this soup is a labor of love because of how much time you invest in caramelizing the onions, but the taste it outstanding. If you’re in a rush and can’t dedicate two hours to this soup, then don’t make it. Rushing this won’t give you the results (and don’t be knocking at my door saying it doesn’t taste good!) so save it for another day if you’re in a hurry. Also, this is actually a little bit different than your typical French onion soup as it doesn’t have beef stock in it. It’s definitely not one bit missed in here. Don’t add it, you may compromise the entire soup if you change it up. Vegetarians and meat lovers can adore this soup together!
Hope everyone has a warm & relaxing weekend :)
Posted on February 22, 2013