French Onion Soup
1/2 Stick unsalted butter
2 LBS medium onions, thinly sliced
3 Springs fresh thyme
3/4 TSP salt
1/2 TSP pepper
2 TSP flour
3/4 Cup dry white wine
1/2 Cup apple butter
1/4 Cup soy sauce
4 Cups low-sodium beef broth
1-1/2 Cups water
Grated Gruyère cheese
Three words. French. Onion. Soup. I put a twist on the classic with a few "secret" ingredients borrowed from America's Test Kitchen. Apple butter and soy sauce may sound weird, but they add complexity and yumminess that can't be achieved with store-bought broth alone. Serve with extra cheesy bread to soak up that delicious broth!
Heat butter over medium-low heat in a heavy soup pot. Add onion, thyme, bay leaf, and salt and pepper. Cook onions, stirring frequently, until they are soft and and nicely browned, about 45 minutes. Add the flour and cook for 1 minute. Add the wine, apple butter and soy sauce, cook for a few more minutes. Add the broth and water and let simmer for 30 minutes. Discard the thyme and bay leaf.
When ready to serve, top each baguette slice with the cheese and broil until brown and bubbly. Serve on top of soup.
Creamy Broccoli-White Bean Soup
Adapted from Whole Living
1 LB Broccoli, cut into small florets, stems peeled and sliced
2 Cloves garlic, minced
1 Yellow onion, diced
2 TBS EVOO
1 Can white beans, drained
3 Cups low-sodium chicken stock
1/4 Cup fresh parsley
2 TBS lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste
Far from your average cream of broccoli, this soup will remind you that springtime is just a few short months away with its bright flavor and color. The beans create the creamy texture, so no actual cream is necessary. Oh, and some cheesy bread on the side wouldn't hurt here either!
Steam the broccoli until bright green, about 3 minutes. Shock in an ice bath, drain, and set aside.
Heat oil in a large soup pot. Add onions and garlic and sauté until soft and translucent. Add beans and stock; bring to a simmer. Add the parsley and lemon juice. Remove from heat and add broccoli. Purée in batches with your blender until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.