French Onion Soup (Soupe à l'oignon)
Time flies. I can’t believe we are at the end of September! I start to see the leaves on the trees turn yellow, the weather starts to get a bit chilly and uncertain. My skin is telling me I need to start putting more moisturiser than usual. Where has the summer gone? I don’t know if I am prepared for the autumn and later for the winter. One thing for sure, I know I will miss the daylight as autumn and winter basically mean less daylight and getting dark at 3pm. 🙁
Perhaps, I shouldn’t feel so down thinking of all these. I better enjoy the sun while it’s out and when the weather is not as harsh. For those who live in the Northern Hemisphere, I wonder how you all feel when at this of the year?
Autumn for me means to eat food that can keep me warm – something hot and soupy sound nice, as always! There are abundant to offer when autumn is approaching, especially root vegetables and squashes. These are great additions to stews, which is always one of my favourites. Well, I haven’t started making stews yet, but I just started to make more soup these days.
One of my all time rustic favourites must be French Onion Soup (Soupe à l’oignon). This soup is so simple, as the name suggested, the main ingredient is onion. French onion soup is one of the all time classic of French cooking and a tradition you will see very often. In my opinion it should not be over-sophisticated.
Well, I have to share with you a secret that I don’t like to slice onion as it makes my eyes water! It wasn’t very pleasure as my eyes stung right after slicing or chopping onions. Luckily, my Magimix came to my rescue! This little robot doesn’t only grind, it slices, chops, mixes, shreds, grates and chops. It can handle quite a lot of stuff, really. 🙂 So, I left the big responsibility of onion slicing to Magimix. The result? Brilliant, it did a good job! Bravo!
If you stick to the basic French onion soup recipe below to start with and see how much you enjoy it. Simple is good!
For the French Onion Soup (Soupe à l’oignon):
700g onions, thinly sliced
2 tbsp flour
1.5l beef or chicken stock
1 glass white wine
1 bay leaf
100g gruyère, grated
1. Melt the butter in a pot and add onions. Cook over low hear, stir them regularly. They are ready when they are soft, sticky, sweet and deep gold in colour.
2. Add flour and stir continuously for 2 minutes. Gradually blend in the stock and the wine. Stir and bring to boil. Add bay leaf and season. Cover the pan and summer for 25 minutes. Remove the bay leaf.
3. Ladle into deep, heatproof bowls, place several thin slices of toasted baguette on to each, then cover with thinly sliced Gruyère. Bake in a hot oven for 20 minutes or grill until the bread is toasted and the cheese has melted but not browned. Serve warm.
Ciao Leemei, how are you? Did you have a nice holyday? Mine was fantastic and I'm a bit sad summer is over. Yesterday evening I was talking with my sister-in-law and she was complaining, like me after all, about the fact that now, when you get up in the morning it's dark, I hate it! And yes, even my beautiful summer tan has gone away. Normally the weather here changes again in October, which is often sunnier and warmer than at the end of September. So the city gets crowded with tourists and for a while we forget that winter is just arriving. In the meantime, I will enjoy the fresh air during the day and try this delicious soup:)) Sabrina
Ciao Sabrina! I am fine, thanks! My holiday was great and I can't believe that it was more than 2 months ago! How time flies! Yeah, I don't like it when it's dark and cold, but, I guess, where you are should be much better than London!!
Try this soup and let me know 🙂
Love the green touch on right hand side corner!
Beautiful bowl of soup! I am sure they can keep you warm! Can I substitute the cheese with other kind of cheese? No gruyere here.
Magimix? The robot did the onion cutting? It is now in my wishlist. Way up there, with dishwasher, side by side. 🙂
You can try Emmenthal or Beaufort. Yes, Magimix did the onion cutting! I was really pleased with it!
Looks very comforting and perfect for this very cold Northern Scottish weather. I need more warming food like this. Looks very delicious.
Yeah, it is definitely a comfort food during this time of the year.
OooO, I have to try this, it sounds delicious.
Thanks! You should give it a try!
I always have mixed feelings for autumn. I love the colors of autumn but wish the days were longer. French onion soup definitely welcomes autumn with warmth.
I have to agree with you. I like autumn colours too!!
Oh wow! will you look at that!
This french soup is absolutely amazing!! Perfect to welcome the fall season!
Definitely! 🙂 Keep warm.
Wow. I love this dish and your lovely Le Creuset pots. My husband bought me a lovely blue one. I am so glad i came by your blog. It looks gorgeous! This is my favourite soup. Yumm!
Thanks for dropping by and your comment. I love Le Creuset and I like the blue one too!
Looks yummy, Leemei. I may just have to try a vegetarian version.
Sure, Xiaolu. Let me know if the veg version works.
Great comforting soup for autumn! Love your presentation. It's impressive as always. 😉
Thanks LK!! For your support 😉
A gorgeous soup! So comforting, delicious and warmin!
Thanks.. it definitely is great for this time of the year. 🙂
Lovely presentation and your onion soup looks comforting. It is also a good nourishing agent for the cold and dry weather.
Thanks! Yeah, definitely great for cold and dry weather which is approaching soon..
I love your Le Creuset pans!!!
Look awesome in the last photo. Stunning shot!
Thank you! 🙂
Looks warm and delicious. And yes, as suddenly as heat struck during summer, I feel the chills of fall now.
I think I started to feel the winter chill this morning 🙁
i'm not a winter person as i love the sun but i like rainy days. this lovely onion soup wld fit my rainy day so perfectly!
I don't like rain and don't mind sun.. Hate winter.. 🙁
hmmm…now you gave me an idea to make onion soup!! today I just make some broccoli soup…yea.I hate winter too but what can we do live in 4 season country?
Broccoli soup sounds nice! Yeah, there is nothing much we could do… 🙁