Friday, March 27, 2009

Silky Onion Soup with Crispy Croutons

I'm definitely on the "Take Five Ingredients" mood these days. Cooking with a small baby is possible, of course, but I haven't got the time or energy to think up elaborate menus and spend hours in front of the hob these days. Nor do I want it, to be honest. Simple, comforting, delicious dishes are much more attractive - and feasible - at the moment.

Here's a very simple and delicious and comforting soup recipe for these cold wintry nights. (Yes, there's still snow out here, even if the days have got a lot longer and there's definitely spring in the air during the daytime).

Silky Onion Soup
(Sametine sibulasupp)
Serves 4

50 g butter
500 g onions
2 tsp sugar
1 l / 4 cups vegetable or chicken stock
200 ml (just under a cup) whipping cream
1 to 2 Tbsp plain/all-purpose flour
salt and white pepper, to taste

For garnish:
crispy croutons
grated hard cheese
fresh chives, chopped

Peel the onions, halve and cut into slices.
Heat a heavy saucepan and melt the butter in the pan. Add onion slices and sauté on a low heat for 10-15 minutes, until the onions and softened and slightly caramelised. Do not burn them! Add sugar after about 7 minutes, stir.
When onions are softened, then pureé them with an immersion/stick/hand-held blender until smooth. (For an especially smooth result, press the onion pureé through a sieve).
Return the onion pureé into the saucepan, add the stock and bring into a boil.
Mix the flour with the cream and stir into the soup base. Simmer gently until the soup has thickened slightly (the flour does it).
Taste for seasoning, add salt and white pepper, if necessary.
To serve, ladle the soup into warm bowls, scatter over croutons and chopped chives and grate some cheese on top.


ChichaJo said...

This sounds like a lovely soup...I'm all for simple prep :) It's summer here though so no much soup for dinner yet :)

A_and_N said...

Simple and elegant....lovely soup :) I might try to add some green onions to give it a 'spring' touch :)

Wendy said...

Beautiful. :)

Amalia said...

Hello, I've jus visited your blog and I think that is very interesting . Congratulations for your baby ! Amalia

Nicole said...

I'd be happy with that soup. Isn't soup amazing... just so easy and satisfying none-the-less.

Pille said...

Joey - I think we still have quite a few soup weeks ahead of us :)

A and N - that's a great idea about spring onions!

Wendy - ta'

Amalia - thank you for your kind words.

Nicole - soups are great life-savers and comforting as well.

Anna said...

Very lovely indeed! Although less sophisticated, if you care about calories also this onion soup I discovered is worth trying.