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Bistro Three Onion Soup

Bistro Three Onion Soup

Paris is the epitome of romance for many of us, so picture a table in a cozy Parisian bistro set with bowls of fragrant, warming soup, and your sweetheart by your side: love is good! But you don’t need to fly all the way to France for a taste of it. This delectable peasant-inspired onion soup really warms the heart:


3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 large yellow onions, diced
4 leeks, including 1 inch of the tender greens, well-washed and diced
5 cloves garlic, minced
6 cups good-quality vegetable stock
1 1/2 cups fruity red wine
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
6 slices country-style bread

1. Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add onions and leeks, stirring occasionally until vegetables are soft, about 10 minutes. Add garlic and stir, sautéing for 1 minute. Add the stock and simmer for about 30 minutes, without a lid, until vegetables are very soft.

2. Stir in wine, vinegars, and salt and pepper to taste. Toast the bread and place one slice in the bottom of each of 6 soup bowls.

3. Ladle the soup into bowls, sprinkle cheese evenly over each serving and serve immediately.

Serves 6.

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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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11:58PM PST on Feb 26, 2013

Sounds great...thanks again

8:38AM PST on Jan 28, 2013

This looks so good, would love to enjoy a bowl right now. :o) I imagine the cheese could be substituted for a vegan alternative and still taste equally as great. Just wondering, what exactly is meant by country style bread? A more rustic heavy bread perhaps?

8:29AM PDT on Jun 7, 2012

Thank you

4:23PM PST on Feb 23, 2012

Thanks for this recipe.

2:28PM PST on Dec 17, 2011

I enjoy a good onion soup. Thanks for sharing. I will try it.

6:24AM PST on Dec 16, 2011

makes my mouth water now)))

1:40PM PST on Dec 7, 2011

Love onion soup, all that melty, gooey cheese... I need to make this!

4:36AM PST on Dec 6, 2011

Sounds delicious and with a cold winter we need these types of recipes more than ever. Thank you.

8:17AM PST on Dec 4, 2011

Will try this using low sodium vegetable broth and Swiss cheese. Gotta cut down on that salt!

12:43AM PDT on Jul 27, 2011

This sounds very good. I love onions! Thanks for the recipe Annie!

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