Soupy New Year! (January 9, 2017)
Happy New Year!
And welcome to deep winter! This season we want something warm, hearty and cheerful without extra work and calories: true comfort food in every sense. Our good friends at Foodland Ontario always have just the right suggestions and we enjoyed this twist on an old classic so much we knew you had to have a copy. Make a double batch, as it freezes well and winter is long...
The soup gets its deep, rich flavour from slowly cooking the onions while reducing the amount of fat typically used. Skip the traditional calorie-laden cheese-topped crouton and top with crumbled feta cheese and finely chopped parsley instead. Serve with a green salad, grilled pita bread and hummus for dipping.
Mediterranean Onion Soup
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Serves 4 to 6 (Makes 8 cups/2 L)
- 2 tbsp (25 mL) olive oil
- 6 Ontario onions, halved and sliced lengthwise (about 6 cups/1.5 L)
- 1 Tbsp (15 mL) dried thyme leaves
- 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
- 1½ Tbsp (20 mL) Ontario maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp (25 mL) all-purpose flour
- 1 bay leaf
- 8 cups (2 L) no salt added beef broth
- 1/4 cup (50 mL) crumbled Ontario feta cheese
- 1 Tbsp (15 mL) finely chopped fresh Ontario parsley
In large deep skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook for 3 minutes, stirring often. Add thyme and salt; reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden and softened, about 10 minutes. Stir in maple syrup until onions are well coated. Stir in flour until onions are well coated, about 1 minute.
Increase heat to high; add bay leaf and broth and bring to boil. Stir and reduce heat to medium-low; simmer until soup is slightly thickened, about 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, in small bowl, combine cheese and parsley; set aside.
To serve, ladle soup into bowls and sprinkle with cheese mixture. Serve immediately.
Tony's wine recommendation:
Oloroso sherry; Beaujolais, Alsace Pinot Blanc
1 serving (when recipe serves 6):
PROTEIN: 5 grams
FAT: 6 grams
CARBOHYDRATE: 21 grams
FIBRE: 2 grams
SODIUM: 350 mg
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Happily enjoyed by Helen Hatton and Ron Morris.