French Onion Soup

by Edward Daniel
Caption of French Onion Soup. Image by Edward Danie (c).

French Onion Soup is one of my favourite traditional recipes – French onions from the Roscoff region is my preference but, sometimes I just have to do without and rely on local yellow onion produce. Yellow onions have a distinctive wholesome flavour, giving this dish its lush and silky taste. I make my own vegetable stock using potato, carrot, parsnip and celery in this dish. This dish can be paleo by omitting the potato in the stock and bread as the crouton – it is equally delicious.

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Caption of French Onion Soup. Image by Edward Danie (c).
Serves: 4 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
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  • 1kg onions
  • 1tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1tsp raw unrefined sugar cane
  • 1.2litre water
  • 200ml white wine (or use red wine, if unavailable)
  • small bunch of thyme sprigs
  • 1 medium potato, quartered
  • 1 carrot, peeled and cut in half
  • 1 parsnip, peeled and cut in half
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • 1 French baguette sliced
  • Some vegan cheese
  • 1tbs sherry vinegar


  1. In a large pan, sauté the onions in oil over a medium heat for a couple of minutes.
  2. Roughly cut a piece of parchment paper measured to cover the surface of the onions. Add the sugar and balsamic vinegar.  Damp in filtered water and lay on top of the onions. Stir occasionally, removing the parchment paper as needed. The onions should brown and caramelise.  Cook for about 45 minutes over a medium heat. When the parchment paper starts getting dry, resoak in water and return.
  3. Discard the parchment paper. Bind the thyme with string and add the water, white wine, potato, carrot, parsnip and celery and bring to the boil. Reduce to heat and gently simmer for about 45 minutes, stirring as necessary.
  4. Switch off the heat. Remove the stems of the thyme, potato, carrot, parsnip and celery and discard.
  5. Cut the baguette into one-inch strips – as required. Grill one side and when it comes to the other side, grate some cheese on top and return to the grill.
  6. When ready to serve the soup, add in the sherry vinegar, season to taste, ladle into bowls and layer the crouton on top.




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