Roasted Onion Soup

Roasted Onion Soup

5 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 1993

Sweet caramelized onions, bolstered by roasted shallots and garlic, combine in a luscious, but not overpowering soup.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 3 Spanish onions, cut in half lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 3 large shallots, cut in half lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 1 large head garlic, cloves separated, peeled and cut in half
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth, divided
  • ¼ cup brandy
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, preferably Reggiano


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  1. Set oven rack at the lowest level; preheat to 450°F.
  2. Combine onions, shallots, garlic and oil in a large shallow roasting pan. Roast, stirring every 5 minutes, until the onions are golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and pour in 1 cup of the broth; stir, scraping the bottom of the pan to loosen and dissolve any caramelized bits. (The liquid will become quite dark.)
  3. Transfer the onion mixture to a soup pot and add brandy, thyme and the remaining 3 cups broth. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Divide between 4 bowls and sprinkle with Parmesan.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 170 calories; 4 g fat(1 g sat); 2 g fiber; 20 g carbohydrates; 7 g protein; 40 mcg folate; 4 mg cholesterol; 6 g sugars; 438 IU vitamin A; 15 mg vitamin C; 99 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 654 mg sodium; 518 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (25% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 3 vegetable, ½ fat

Reviews 5

March 25, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
I completely disagree with the 2/11/10 posting. Extra thyme? Thats ironic, that was obviously their problem. This is a classic and delicious dish.
February 11, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
This soup was way more work than the end result warranted. NO rave reviews here, even though I added extra thyme, etc. We will not make it again...
December 29, 2009
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By: katiedid
This soup is amazing! I omitted the brandy and added garlic toast and mozzarella cheese on top (broiled for melty goodness) and it was perfect!
September 22, 2009
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By: EatingWell User
The soup and everything on your site is wonderful. I do water workouts and told my instructor about this and she sends info to all the people every day. Thank you. I was a yoga instructor "back in the day" and I love this kind of stuff. Rita Rita Isenogle, Anthem, AZ
September 22, 2009
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By: EatingWell User
This is an outstanding soup! Easy to fix and will get rave responses! Anonymous, Minneapolis, MN
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