french onion soup

12 Days of Soup, Day 3: French Onion Soup

This bistro classic will warm up even the coldest folks! Traditionally topped with gooey, melty cheese and a bit of bread, the rich taste of onion can distract you from the fact that onions are full of vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium and folate! There is also yummy garlic in the soup, which is rich in vitamin C, vitamin B6, thiamin, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, copper and manganese. Why does that matter? Your body needs all those things to work properly and keep you from getting sick in these cold months when we spend more time inside. What a yummy way to stay healthy!

This is not a quick soup though! Caramelizing onions takes a long time because you cook them low and slow to release the sugar hidden away in the onions. One easy way is to caramelize the onions in a pot inside the oven; set the oven to 375, add sliced onions to an oven safe vessel, like a cast iron pot or pan and stir them infrequently… it can can take an hour or more this way, but the onions are less likely to burn. Its okay if you step away to do yoga, clean your bedroom, learn to knit, or read a book while they cook. Just be sure to check on them from time to time so they don’t burn! There are a lot of different onions out there; which one should you use?

You can make this soup with any of these onions, but why not mix it up and use a variety? This way you can enjoy what each different kind of onion has to offer!

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