Creamy French Onion Soup

Thanks for all the birthday wishes! We celebrated by splurging on the tasting menu at Craigie on Main and enjoyed every bite. I also recently got a little present from the Fairy Hobmother. I left a comment on Joanne’s post that I needed a new immersion blender and was delighted that the Fairy Hobmother from Appliances Online granted my wish! She is spreading cheer throughout the blogging world and if you leave a comment on this post and make a wish, she might also visit you!

I wanted to make a soup first with my new gadget because I was also itching to use my adorable new soup bowls. I love French Onion soup, but hate it when the slices of onion slip off my spoon, so I decided to puree the red and yellow caramelized onions in my soup with the immersion blender. I also poured in a bottle of beer (Allagash White!) to add an extra layer of flavor along with the traditional beef broth. I topped the soup with a layer of croutons and creamy fontina cheese – yum!

The fine print: The Fairy Hobmother from Appliances Online sent me a complimentary immersion blender, but I received no compensation for this post and all opinions are mine.

Creamy French Onion Soup
Printable Recipe

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 large red onions, sliced (6 cups)
2 large yellow onions, sliced (6 cups)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 12-ounce Allagash White beer (or a Belgian style wheat beer)
4 cups beef broth
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 cups croutons
2 cups shredded fontina cheese

Heat butter and olive oil over medium low heat in a large nonstick stockpot. Add onions, cover, and cook 50 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Remove lid and cook an additional 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, or until caramelized. Add garlic and cook for 1 additional minute. Add beer and simmer 5 minutes. Add beef broth and simmer an additional 10 minutes. Use an immersion blender to puree soup until smooth and stir in apple cider vinegar.

Heat oven broiler. Place four heat safe bowls on a large cookie sheet and ladle soup into the bowls. Top evenly with crotons and shredded cheese. Broil for 2 minutes or until cheese is melted. Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition: 590 calories, 16.8g fat, 7.2g fiber, 21.3g protein per serving
Cost: $3.20 per serving

29 Responses to Creamy French Onion Soup

  1. One of my favorite soups!! I love french onion soup…I kind of prefer the slippery onions though. It’s part of the fun, and that’s what the cheese is for– stickiness to keep the onions together! Hee, my excuse to load up on the cheese.

    Happy belated birthday, Kerstin! <3

  2. Gotta love when you receive an unexpected present, and well timed for your birthday. I also love french onion soup. It’s been quite a long while since I made it. Reading your post brought back the fond memories of making it, which was pretty early in my cooking. :-)

  3. Congratulations on your visit from the Fairy Hobmother! I am loving this soup and that you pureed the onions. There was a distinct chill in the air when I woke up this morning and I’m wishing for something warm and comforting. I just pinned this soup and will definitely be making it soon…complete with pureed onions. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  4. What a nice surprise! I hate when the onions slip off my spoon too — pureeing is such a good idea. But I don’t have an immersion blender yet and wish I did for soups like this!

  5. I’ve been obsessed with my immersion blender lately! French onion soup has been a favorite of mine since I was a kid, but I’ve never made my own. I’m pretty sure it’s because it doesn’t feel right to make it until I have the proper bowls! Your soup is beautiful!

  6. Kerstin, I love French onion soup, but have yet to make it…yours look fabulous. I love my immersion blender…so practical!
    Hope you are having a lot of fun with your new gadget and a great week :-)

  7. this seriously looks to die for—i’ve only had french onion soup once but i will be making it more frequently now, esp bc i have a great immersion blender!

    i wish for a new microwave oven! ours is a craigs list find that is old and beat up…but we still use it all the time :)

  8. I love the idea of pureeing onion soup! I have a weird onion issue. I’m always thrilled with the flavor, but I don’t like biting into pieces of onions. I know, weird. It’s a mouth feel thing. Pureeing the soup is perfect though!

  9. Yum! I love that you used beer in this soup! And pureeing the onions was genius. Nobody likes those stringy onions.

    Happy belated birthday! Your lemon bars look delicious!

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