Colombe Jacobsen guides you through a light vegetarian version of a comfort classic which is just in time for those cold winter days - Healthy French Onion Soup!
The first step of this French onion soup recipe is to create the stock - this will be the base for all the flavor of the soup. The primary ingredient for the stock will be onion peels. Onions have a surprising amount of nutritional value. They are great for cardiovascular issues and also help to build bone and connective tissue. Just peel off the skins of your onions to be used in the broth.
Colombe also adds turnips to the broth. They will help give the French onion soup broth a lot of flavor, particularly because we are making a vegetarian broth. Place the broth on the back burner of the stove. Bring to a boil and then let simmer for 50 minutes.
In a second pot, you can start your onions for the bodies of the healthy French onion soup. First, put in two tablespoons of butter. Alternatively, you can also use olive oil as a substitute for the butter if you are watching your butter intake. Once the butter has melted in the pot, add in the sliced onions and thyme. Wilt the onions until they are a nice caramelized brown.
Once the broth is ready, strain the onion peels and turnips so you have a nice clear broth. Then, add in the secret touch finishing flavors - low sodium soy sauce, mirin and rice wine. Combine body of soup with the broth.
To serve, Colombe recommends pre-toasting a whole grain piece of bread, and then adding a small amount of grated gruyere cheese and thyme. Then scoop the healthy French onion soup directly over top of the bread and cheese - the heat of the soup will melt the cheese without needing to place in the oven.
This easy recipe for healthy French onion soup will help you warm up any fall or winter day!