Sunday, November 29, 2009

onion soup with garlic croutons

I am very very weary tonight. I feel like I've been traveling on a dusty road for a really long time and the only word anyone has spoken has been "Mom". I'm just having one of those moments. I did not cook today, although I planned to, and then the girls just had a bath which turned into a tantrum which turned into something else. I'll just say that a hot bath plus a whole lot of screaming equals Joey googling what is currently left over in my google box, that is,

"vomit out of couch natural"

Enough of that. I told you a while ago that I was saving my onion soup post for when I really needed it, and that is exactly now. Notice the late summer light on the table. Feel the warmth. Lucky for all of us that it is still the perfect time to make onion soup.

Onion Soup with Garlic Croutons
from Mollie Katzen, The Moosewood Cookbook

5 cups thinly sliced onions
6 Tablespoons butter
1 quart stock or water
1 Tablespoon tamari
3 Tablespoons dry white wine
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
dash of thyme
salt to taste

For the croutons:
2 cups 1 inch cubed rye, herb or rustic white bread
2 Tablespoons butter
1 clove garlic, pressed

Cook the onions, lightly salted in the butter in a large heavy bottomed soup pot. Cook them over medium heat until they are fairly brown, about 20 minutes. Add the mustard and thyme. Mix well.
Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for at least 30 minutes. Adjust salt to taste.
Meanwhile, melt the remaining 2 Tablespoons of butter in a skillet. Add the pressed garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add bread cubes and sautee until slightly browned. Transfer to a baking sheet and put in a 325 degree oven for 15 minutes.

Serve soup topped with croutons and grated parmesan or gruyere cheese.


  1. catching up with soups, thx for this...made the butternut soup yesterday with the cauliflower. i worried my 88 year old mum would be put off by the wonderful spices but she finished before anyone, a first !!! my brother took some to his ex-wife who was sick, so a hit all around of healing food. bet you all need some down time there, we are here whenever you get back so take care! nancy
    ps you must know we are all intrigued as to what joey's google got!

  2. Ha! I am going to make your roasted cauliflower tonight, because it's one of those days for me as well, already, though I have no crying children so perhaps comparing my day with yours is unfair. I have also really enjoyed your post-per-day efforts, and hope you'll continue posting so regularly after NaBloWriMo.

  3. Oh Nancy, Joey's google let him to that old standby baking powder- and now the couch is all white!

    Thanks emily- I plan on making it NaBloWrimo all year around here- so you're stuck with me. And thanks to you, I've been craving rice pudding all day...