french onion soup in 30 minutes

You guys, SOUP!  I seriously can’t get enough of homemade soup on these chilly late fall days.  I have been making all kinds over here.  But my all time favorite has always been French Onion Soup.  Sometimes I just crave that salty tavern staple but don’t want to head to order it.  Surprisingly I usually have enough ingredients in the house to throw it together.  I have made it a few times now this month and we’re not sick of it yet!  I have got it down to 30 minutes because when you crave French Onion Soup, you crave it now.

French Onion Soup in 30 minutes

There are a lot of recipes out there calling for all sorts of seasonings like bay leaves, garlic, thyme, etc.  While these are all great, I skip them completely and use one simple ingredient.  Wait for it…

To make 4 servings, I simply chop a vidalia onion into about 1 inch slices.  I place them all into a frying pan with a dash of olive oil and the secret sweetener that my friend clued me into… brown sugar!  Approximately 2 tablespoons should do the trick.  This will help caramelize your onions in no time on medium-high heat.

French Onion Soup recipe

While the onions are sweetening, I put the broth on high.  I use about 4 cups to one large onion in a stock pot.  When the water boils, the onions are ready to be transferred into the pot.  Reduce the heat to medium and all the onions and broth to tango.

In the meantime, prepare your Gruyère cheese.  I prefer to cut them in long, thin slices.

For the bread in your soup, you can go in a few directions…

  1. You can simply use croutons.
  2. You can slice up French bread and pop it in the broiler for a minute or 2 to brown it.
  3. My favorite thing to do is use bread I already have – usually a whole grain of sorts.  If I plan to make onion soup that day, I leave a few slices out to basically dry out.  So glamorous letting your bread go stale, I know.

French Onion Soup recipe

Now it’s time to put it all together.  Place the bread in your crock.  Ladle the soup in it.  Drape the Gruyère cheese across the crock in sort of a Z.  I find this gives the best cheese coverage.  Pop it into the broiler for a couple of minutes until the cheese melts and lightly browns.

Enjoy!

French Onion Soup in 30 minutes

it’s soup weather

I finally did it.

Yep, I finally made my own healthy and light butternut squash soup.  After hearing about my mom’s and mother-in-law’s versions.  I decided to try my own spin and so Apple Butternut Squash Soup was born over here on a chilly October day.

apple butternut squash soup recipe

It was simple, friends.  There was barely anything left in the refrigerator except for a large butternut squash taunting me.  Plus 3 golden apples – I can’t remember the variety.  And 3 lonely, nearly forgotten about radishes.  I know.  Radishes.  What do you do with these other than throw them in a salad?  I found out that they taste pretty darn good in a warm creamy soup.  Radishes seemed to give a little bit of bite where you might otherwise use an onion.  An onion we didn’t have.

apple butternut squash soup

So that’s where I started.  I chopped and peeled the squash, apples and radishes.  Then boiled the chunks in a large sauce pan.  Once soft I pureed them all in a blender.

Once the fruit and vegetables were a nice creamy consistency, I tossed them back in the empty sauce pan along with 16 ounces of vegetable stock and let simmer.

I seasoned with salt and pepper.  A teaspoon of cinnamon, half teaspoon of ginger, quarter teaspoon of cloves and quarter teaspoon of thyme.

About 20 minutes later, we had this healthy soup for lunch!

apple butternut squash soup recipe

Alongside the soup, I came up with a fantastic new smoothie that was a little bit more like dessert!  It consisted of a banana, spoonful of peanut butter, spoonful of raw honey, 2 spoonfuls of vanilla Greek yogurt, kale and about half a cup of coffee.

java green smoothie and apple butternut squash soup

Yum!  It was a mid-day energy boost.  And surprisingly, the flavor complemented the Apple Butternut Squash Soup so well.  We’ll call this one the Java Green Smoothie.