We have…well, had so many onions in our backyard and so we decided to make some onion soup! Yesterday, I saw the show At Home with Jamie Oliver and the show was all about onions! And so we gave his English Onion Soup a go!
It was so easy to make and it took about an hour and a half.
In a large nonstick pot put a slab of butter and a few glugs of olive oil, just enough to coat the bottom if the pan. Add a 6 cloves of crushed garlic and a handful of fresh sage, just pick it off the stem and add it to the pot. Stir it a bit, just to get everything coated.
Add 2 large leeks* and 8 onions peeled and sliced (I used 2 red, 5 yellow, 1 white and a shallot). You can use any variety of onion, this is just what we had on hand.
Season with salt and pepper. Stir it all up!
*Leeks: To clean the leeks trim the top and slice the root bit off.
Slice down the middle, not cutting all the way through
and rinse thoroughly under water.
Place lid on slightly ajar and cook, on low, slowly for about 30 minutes. Take the lid off and continue to cook for 20 minutes, you will want to stir occasionally so nothing sticks to the pot.
Add about 64 ounces of either chicken, vegetable or beef broth and bring to a bowl. Boil for about 15 minutes. Taste and fix the seasoning, before placing it in the oven proof bowls.
Grate 7 ounces of English Cheddar Cheese, it is kind of pricey but SO SO good!
Turn the oven on as high as it will go.
Ladle soup into oven proof bowl, add toasted bread on top, sprinkle with grated cheese, garnish with sage leaves and put it in the oven until the cheese is bubbly and golden-ish, 5 minutes or so.
Voilà, English Onion Soup!! The onions turns out so sweet, this soup is so delish!
We had ours with grilled chicken, baked potato, broccoli, a tiny bit of cheese and sour cream!