Sunday, 19 January 2014

Onion Soup GF SCD

Onions are one of the world's healthiest foods. Richly packed with dietary flavonoids they offer protection against all kinds of disease and it's interesting that the quercetin found in onions doesn't become degraded when simmered to make soup, it just gets absorbed into the liquid. I love onions and last week I must have consumed an average of at least two onions a day, we use them in every dish we cook.

A simple recipe, this onion soup is thickened using sweet carrots rather than grain. Colourful and delicious it's comforting as well as very nutritious. Talking about "simple", I recently found a fantastic website called Minimalist Bakery, you really MUST check it out! Its two authors also share my simplistic views of cooking and baking. Why make something complicated when it doesn't need to be. Don't get me wrong, I can do complicated, I just don't have the time in the evening or even at the weekend to be cooking all day. One day I may surprise you with a very complicated recipe but until then most of my recipes will be straight forward, healthy, economical and above all, simple to make. This recipe serves 3 to 4 people.

Onion Soup GF SCD

1 kg yellow onions (about 6) plus another 2 for garnishing
3 medium carrots
2 sticks celery
2 large cloves garlic crushed
1¼ litres filtered water
3 tblsps extra virgin olive oil, butter or coconut oil
1 bay leaf
1 rounded tsp dried thyme
2 tblsps freshly chopped parsley
2 sprigs rosemary
sea salt & freshly ground black pepper
freshly chopped parsley to garnish

  • Thinly slice the onions.
  • Heat a couple of tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, butter or coconut oil in a large saucepan and sauté the onions over a medium to high heat, stirring regularly until they turn golden brown, taking care not to burn them.
  • Add the crushed garlic when the onions are turning brown and stir.
  • Pour in the filtered water and add the bay leaf, thyme, rosemary and parsley when the onions have browned.
  • Peel and chop each carrot into large chunks and add to the pan.
  • Wash and chop the celery sticks into chunks and add to the pan.
  • Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Bring to the boil and simmer for about 30 to 40 minutes until the carrots are soft.
  • Meanwhile, slice the extra 2 onions, heat a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, butter or coconut oil in a large saucepan and sauté the onions over a medium to high heat, stirring regularly until they are golden brown, taking care not to burn them, these will garnish the soup.
  • Strain the soup and add the carrots and celery to the liquid, leave the onions on one side to add back into the soup. Remove the rosemary stalks.
  • Using a hand blender, blend the carrots, celery and the liquid, this thickens the soup a little adding additional water if you wish.
  • Stir the onions back into the soup.
  • Serve into dishes.
  • Garnish with the extra caramelised onions and chopped parsley.

If you wish you can add slices of bread, sprinkle with grated cheese and put the dishes under the grill to make French Onion Soup. 

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  1. Hi Vicky,
    This soup looks rich and sounds so perfect for a cold winter day! ;)

    1. Thank you Megan, it is perfect especially if you like onions!

  2. Fried onions, braised onions, onions soup, etc. I love them whether they are red, white, yellow, sweet, etc. I like the idea of garlic bread with the yummy onion soup you have there!

    1. Hi Rika! Yes, I too like the idea of garlic bread....

  3. Hi Vicky,

    I just LOVE this recipe. And your pictures are just gorgeous - love the one with the onions. I am a huge onion fan. I appreciate your simple, elegant ingredients. Pinning this one to make soon.


    1. Thank you Amber and thank you for sharing on Allergy Free Wednesdays! I really hope you enjoy it!

  4. Hi Vicky, your soup looks delicious!

  5. I absolutely adore soups, but have yet to make an onion soup! I should get round to it really as it's one of my hubbie's favourites. Your recipe sounds wonderful and the pics are beautiful. Love those dishes you've served it in. Where did you buy them?
    I'm all for simple recipes too. I'm constantly striving to simplify my life in all areas, so I won't be cooking anything long winded or complicated any time soon ;)

    1. Hi Sharon

      Thank you and it's so simple to make onion soup, you must make it! Years ago, I used to pick up bits of pottery at small pottery studios while we were on holiday. I think these bowls came from somewhere in Scotland. I just bought two (and they have lids!) so I must have bought them before the children came along.

  6. Yum! I tried out this recipe tonight and I really like it. I came down with a cold a few days ago and this was the perfect thing for me! :)

    1. Thank you so much for making my soup, I'm pleased you liked it! Onions are sooo good in helping to fight colds and flu!