Vegetarian French Onion Soup

Finally a version for veggies! (photo by Heather)

Traditional French onion soup is make with beef stock, meaning that vegetarians usually can’t enjoy it! But never fear, I’ve found a way to make it so that us┬áherbivores can enjoy delicious caramelised onions covered in a rich creamy stock and it involves marmite! What could be better?

For 3-4 people you’ll need:

  • 4 medium white onions
  • 40g unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 vegetable oxo cubes
  • 2 tsp vegetarian bisto gravy
  • 1 tsp marmite
  • 1.25 litres of boiling water
  • A small french stick
  • 50g grated vegetarian cheese (cheddar, emmental, or gruyere if you can find it)
  1. Melt the butter in a heavy based pan, then add the sliced onions and sugar and sweat on a low heat for 20 minutes.
  2. Make up the stock by mixing the oxo cubes, bisto, marmite and water and stirring until combined.
  3. When the onions are nice and brown take it off of the heat and stir in the flour.
  4. Place the pan back on the heat and slowly add the stock mixing well.
  5. Bring to the boil, still stirring, then reduce the heat, cover and leave to simmer for 30 minutes.
  6. When there’s 10 minutes left of simmering time, slice your french stick in to 4 thick slices and grill on one side.
  7. Flip over and cover with the cheese and grill until lovely and bubbling.
  8. Serve up the soup and big cheesy croutons and enjoy!

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