French Onion Soup for the Soul

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I had never considered myself a lover of onions. My hubs is even more of a protestant when it comes to the layered vegetable… though knowing how beneficial they are for liver health (and our livers had taken a beating in our younger years…) I try to still sneak them into our diets, little does he know. Bwahahaha…

Just a few weeks ago, however, a friend of ours brought over the most fragrant, sweet-smelling onions we had ever had the joy of inhaling! Not sure how to explain the moment… but I assure you, it was a very odd yet riveting bliss. I can’t believe I just said that… about onions! So with these incredible onions, I knew I had to do them justice with an equally incredible recipe. Here’s a snapshot of these delicious, home-grown bulbs!

So then I start my digging on my favorite app – Pinterest! I found a few great recipes, then settled for this one by The Comfort of Cooking! The only difference in my crafting of this recipe was that I used a french red blend wine rather than a white. I also baked the french bread fresh, but you can certainly use any grocery store loaf!

A tidbit about my hubs and I – we LOVE antique shopping. And I might also have an obsession with having the proper dishes/glasses/etc for like… everything. 🙂 So before I was going to tackle this new recipe, I wanted to find a set of french onion soup bowls to complement these well-deserved homegrown onions! Low and behold, in no time I found the PERFECT set!

There is 8 bowls total, but for some reason one of them didn’t make it into this photo… stories of a busy toddler mom, ha! If you’re not an avid treasure-hunter like I am, here’s an awesome set that would do the job!

The key to the perfect french onion soup is..

Patience! The only way you’re going to achieve that super flavorful, rich, classic taste is to fully caramelize your onions. It may take up to 45 minutes or so, but trust me. The wait is worth it! Be sure to use a pan that heats evenly – I used my cast iron dutch oven.

Check out the final product… Holy onions, it was incredible!

Paired with a light red wine and some great company, this dish is surely one that we are going to remember! We have a mental list that we just call “the list” for any time I make something we definitely want to make on a regular basis. This one made this list. ‘Nuff said.

Thanks for reading! If you tried it, drop a comment! I would love to hear about what you did to make it your own. XO – Megan

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