Vegan French Onion Soup
This Vegan French Onion Soup is so full of rich umami flavors, you won't believe it's vegan! It's better than the version I tried in Paris, France!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 2 Big Bowls, 3-4 Side Bowls
Two Large Red Onions
Drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Large Cloves of Garlic
The Leaves from 3 Fresh Sprigs of Thyme
Salt to Taste
Start by bringing some olive oil in a large soup pot to medium-low heat. Once oil is hot, add in sliced onions. Cook, covered, for 30 minutes, stirring every 5-10 minutes or so. We want the onions to be steamed and slightly browned, not burnt. If you burn your onions it will make the soup taste bitter.
Once onions are soft, add in the minced garlic and stir well, sauteing for about a minute or so.
Then, add in the broth, thyme, and black pepper. Stir, and let simmer for 30 minutes, covered.
After 30 minutes, taste broth and gauge the salt level. It all depends on what type of broth you used. Add salt to taste, and any more black pepper / thyme if you'd like to.
When done, ladle into bowls and serve. It tastes delicious with crusty bread to scoop up the onions!
I am adding some more detailed recipe instructions after receiving reader feedback. Please note the following things:
- There are very few ingredients in this recipe, so use the highest quality ingredients you can. Please use a vegetable broth that you know you like, because that makes up the bulk of the soup.
- Please follow the recipe instructions carefully and do not burn your onions. Reduce the heat if needed (every stove is different). Burnt onions will result in a bitter taste.
- Make sure you use enough salt. If the soup doesn't taste super flavorful, it's because there isn't enough salt. However, be careful not to oversalt. Add in a little at a time, wait till it dissolves, taste, then add more if desired.
- Feel free to add in a glug or two of red wine when you add in the broth. Be sure to simmer well to let the alcohol evaporate out.