i can never tell if people are lying to me. i hope that doesn’t come up in my police work.

so…a few weeks ago i really wanted to make a soup. which is weird for me, since i’m not a huge soup girl. but i think all the holiday treats were starting to catch up to me, so i wanted something a little more on the healthy side like a simple vegetable soup. but then at the market i saw all these onions…and i remembered there is one soup i love – french onion soup. so i decided to skip the veggie fest and instead make something i really like!
for some reason i decided not to use a recipe, and i just made it up. it was so easy, and turned out delicious! sky had a friend over when i made it, and his pal ate two whole bowls of it, which made me feel good. pants was also pretty excited about it. so here’s what i did…

french onion soup
2 big onions, sliced in half circles
3 cloves garlic, chopped
box of GOOD QUALITY vegetable broth (i actually tried to make this again last week with beef broth, but didn’t like it at all! so definitely use the veggie broth.)few good shakes worcestershire sauce
2/3 bottle of beer
2 tablespoons sugar
lawry’s seasoned salt
sourdough bread, cut in circles
parmesan cheese
mozzarella cheese

saute the onions and garlic in olive oil in the bottom of a big pot for a couple minutes.

add in the cumin, paprika, some pepper, and some lawry’s seasoned salt, and saute a few more minutes. (just season to taste. i’m pretty generous with my seasonings.)STEP 3
add the broth, worcy sauce, and beer. go easy on the worcy and beer at first, and then add more later on if you need to adjust the taste. i ended up using about 2/3 of a bottle of beer and was pretty generous on the worcy. i also added some regular salt, too.
bring to a boil for a couple minutes, then cover and turn off the heat and leave on it on the burner for an hour and a half. i actually did this by accident – i had to leave to take the kids to the park, so i just turned off the burner and left it. when i came back, it was PERFECT.

when you are ready to serve it, cut out a few circles from a good bread (i used some trusty sourdough slices and just cut a circle with the top of a glass), top them with mozzarella and parmesan cheese, and broil them until the cheese is all melty. serve the soup in mugs with a cheesy bread circle on top. YUMMMMMMM!


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