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.
Inspired by Winter, by Joanne Weir (Time-Life Books, 1997).