Creamed Onion Soup (or I Made My Kids Cry)

Are you sensitive to onions cooking? It doesn’t bother me at all. I can slice and cook onions all day without shedding a tear. I must be a weird genetic mutant, but any time I cook any amount of onion, my kids stagger into the kitchen with tears running down their faces, practically sobbing “Are you cooking onions?!” I turn on the exhaust fan and open the window (yes, even in February) but nothing much seems to help. I tortured them yet again to make this recipe. They will tell their therapist about this when they are older.

There’s a recipe for Onion Bisque in the March issue of Bon Appetit from Le Petite Grocery in New Orleans that I just had to try (even if it made my kids cry). I am a big, huge, giant fan of French onion soup, but I find it hard to eat with the bread and cheese – too complicated. This recipe purees the soup which solves that problem. I’ve adapted it, so here’s my version:

2 tbsp olive oil

3 large sweet onions, peeled and sliced thinly

4 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed

1 teaspoon dried thyme

3 cups chicken broth

3 cups beef broth

3 slices day old whole wheat bread

3 slices Swiss cheese

Heat the oil in a large wide pot over medium low and add the onions. Cook for about 20 minutes, stirring often. Add the garlic and cook another 20 minutes, stirring until onions are a deep golden color. Add the thyme and broths and bring to boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Turn off heat. Add the bread and cheese to the pot and let it sit for about 10 minutes until the bread is mushy and the cheese is softened. Use a hand blender and puree the soup. Reheat to just barely boiling and serve. Serves 4-6.

It was fan-friggin-tastic. Creamy and smooth and so deeply flavorful it made me moan. The bread thickens it nicely and you get all the flavor of traditional French onion soup without the stringy cheese mess or trying to hack up the bread with your spoon. I’ll be making it this way from now on (tears be damned).

15 Responses to Creamed Onion Soup (or I Made My Kids Cry)

  1. That’s funny…you must be some sort of mutant 😉 I always cry but can still cut onions, I even will tear up cutting shallots. This soup sounds really good pureed…maybe I’ll add that messy cheese 🙂

  2. marthaandme says:

    LOL. You don’t need the messy cheese though since it’s already in there!

  3. My favorite soup — which I sometimes add jalapenos to, just for kicks. This recipe looks divine.

  4. Living Large says:

    It looks awesome. And yes, I cry everytime I cut an onion anymore.

  5. Sheryl says:

    I love onion soup, although slicing onions turns on the tears something awful. Will have to try this one – thanks!

  6. Jalepenos, just for kicks? Cute!
    You’re torturing me here, because although I love onions, they hate me and I can’t eat them at ALL. But if I could…..

  7. Alexandra says:

    I love onion soup, after living in France, NATCH! So, I will try this. Have never had creamed before. Thanks for the suggestion. Was trying to figure out what to make for dinner.

  8. This sounds really good. Lately, I just cannot get enough homemade soup.

  9. I’ve noticed that onions don’t bother me at all if I’m wearing my contacts, but if I have my glasses on, it’s like a flood of tears. Something about that little plastic barrier stops the onion fumes from hitting the ducts! How weird is that?

  10. merr says:

    I am always on the lookout for homemade soup recipes. This one sounds really nice.

  11. This reminded me of Julie & Julia with all those onions! So funny! Looks like a great soup. Hope you have a great weekend.

  12. I’m not a big soup person but I love onion soup. Looks like a yummy recipe. Plus, I like that you added some healthy olive oil.

  13. Jane Boursaw says:

    Yummy. Love French Onion Soup – in any form.

  14. My hubby loves French onion soup so I’ll have to give this a try. Maybe it’s a mom thing–the smell of onions bother my kids a lot more than it bothers me.

  15. Looooove onions. Sometimes my eyes burn for a long time after slicing them, but I still love them.

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