Vegan French Onion Soup. It is also gluten free. This soup is an easy longtime family favorite. French Onion Soup can be a meal in itself enjoyed in both cold or warm weather. French onion soup has a long tradition that I know will be a favorite in the vegan world of soups.
Making this soup vegan and gluten free was a bit challenging. I designed this recipe to retain the flavors of its ‘non-vegan, gluten-full’ recipe, I think I succeeded. This traditional French Onion Soup’s healthier skinny sister.
French onion soup has been a longtime favorite for decades. Onion soup was once considered a soup for the poor. As far back as Roman times, onions have always been plentiful and easy to grow. In France during the 18th century, the modern version of French onion soup, as we know it, was born. It was made with beef broth, caramelized onions, and placed under a grill with croutons and cheese.
Deciding on the onions for this delicious soup is rather easy. My favorite onion is, Vadalia. Vadalia’s are sweet and less pungent than yellow onions. It is really a matter of taste when deciding the type of onion. I added shallots to this soup along side the Vadalia when caramelizing to give a fuller flavor to the Vegan version.
Using gluten free and vegan bread in this recipes was somewhat challenging. I used toasted Amy’s Sandwich Rounds (http://www.amys.com/products/product-detail/gluten-free-sandwich-rounds/000049). Because of their round shape they were a perfect fit to top the soup. The rounds might have fit perfectly but they were not the best choice as a replacement for the hearty bread the recipe traditionally calls for. Don’t get me wrong; they were delicious and I would use them again, but a thicker bread or crouton would mimic the original.
The roasted garlic was a delicious addition to this soup. The garlic is best when spread on the toasted bread before placed on the soup. The flavor of the roasted garlic adds a richness to the already wonderful flavors of the caramelized onions and shallots.
The, arguably, most important part of a french onion soup, the cheese! As an aside, I found this site explaining how vegan cheese is made: super interesting! https://realvegancheese.org/#science.
I used Field Roast Chao vegan cheese in place of the traditional animal by-product. The taste is delicious, though a little tough to brown, so take your time and keep an eye on it. http://fieldroast.com/chaostory/
Although it may take a little time and effort this is a savory, scrumptious soup that won’t disappoint. I can’t wait to make this Vegan French onion soup again, it is making me hungry just blogging about it. So so good!
Remember to make it your own, have fun in the kitchen, and enjoy infusing some veggies!
- 1 tablespoon vegan butter
- 4 sweet onions , halved and sliced
- 2 large shallots , sliced
- 1 cup white wine
- 6 cups vegan beef broth
- 1-2 bay leaves
- salt and pepper to taste
- Dried kale leaves
- Gluten Free Sandwich rounds
- Roasted garlic
- 6 vegan cheese slices
In large soup pan melt butter. Add sweet onions and shallots to pan, sauté on medium low until translucent do not brown. Cook for 10-15 minutes. Once cooked add in white wine and cook down for 10 minutes.
Now add the vegan broth and bay leaves bring to a boil then reduce heat to simmer. Let soup simmer for 30 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.
Ladle soup into oven proof bowls.
Toast sandwich round or other gluten free option. Spread roasted garlic on each toasted sandwich rounds and place on top of soup in each bowl, careful not to submerge. Now place a vegan slice of cheese on each round.
Heat oven to broil. Place bowls on cookies sheet and slide them into the oven. Keep an eye on the soup while browning the cheese. Will take 2-5 minutes depending on your cheese and oven.
Remember make it your own, have fun in the kitchen, and enjoy infusing some veggies!