Autumn is all about change. It is the change in the weather from warm summer days, to fall – which can be warm, windy, rainy and misty, and then sunny again. We see that our emotions change. We may begin to romanticize about autumn- the melancholic beauty of seeing the leaves fall. But then we quickly become melancholic ourselves. If this happens there is only one cure, a good bowl of warm soup. This never changes. Soup is always delicious.
French onion soup is my all time favorite soup. It has a fantastic depth of flavor, that you only get from slow cooking, but once you have a spoonful, nothing has ever felt more right. It will take you two hours to cook, there are no short cuts, but it will make you romanticize about autumn again.
- 30gr. butter
- 2 red onions
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 tablespoon flour
- 400 ml. water
- 400 ml. beef stock (or water and add a beef stock cube)
- 250 ml. red wine
- Bread (preferably a loaf or a baguette)
- Gruyere cheese
- Melt the butter in a thick saucepan and add the sliced onion rings with the half teaspoon of sugar. Stir over a low heat for 20min.
- First mix in the flour, then pour the water and stock along with the red wine.
- Allow the soup to come to a boil, then let it simmer for 1 1/2 hours with a lid. Remember to stir occasionally.
- Preheat the oven to 220 C. Pour the soup into two oven safe bowls with a slice of bread topped with gruyere cheese. Grill for about 10 minutes.
It is a simple soup to cook, as long as you have the patience to draw out the flavors. But so it is with all great cooking. Enjoy!
Image sourced from Pinterest.