Vegetarian french onion soup with red wine croutons
One of my very favorite things to do on a dreary winter afternoon — the kind of day where you curl up on the couch with a cup of tea and watch reruns of Downton Abbey — is to set something on the stove that will simmer for hours and scent the house with an irresistibly warm, tummy-rumbling fragrance.
Soup does that. Quite well, in fact. In my household, there’s just something about the scent of onion soup that puts everyone in a good mood. Rich and savory — yes, even the vegetarian version — and capped with crunchy croutons and Gruyere, it’s a full, satisfying meal on a cold January day.
Since going vegetarian, more of less, French Onion soup, which traditionally is made with beef stock, is one thing I miss. This vegetarian recipe for French Onion soup should fill the bill. The tip is to use mushroom stock to boost a good vegetable stock in place of beef stock - and Bob's your uncle! Enjoy! My other tip: If it means opening up a whole bottle of red wine just for the croutons - don't bother!