Vegan French Onion Soup
October 6, 2016
This vegan French onion soup tastes just like the conventional version. The secret is an incredible blend of broth and other ingredients. Don’t miss it.
French onion soup has to be rich and super flavorful to satisfy me. So, as fabulous as the beef-flavored broth is, I boost the flavor of the base with some tamari, balsamic vinegar, thyme, black pepper, and, of course, red wine. Caramelizing the onions is a commitment, but invest the time to reach for the sublime, and I promise you won’t be sorry.
The vegan French onion soup is pretty epic on its own. But, don’t miss making the cheezy bread, which sends this dish into spectacular territory. I was inspired by my french toast recipe to create a savory cheezy fried bread that would complement the deep rich flavor of the broth.
Massel to the rescue again! I made a creamy sauce to dip the bread into by blending the Massel chicken-flavored broth with raw cashews, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, salt, mustard, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and a touch of smoked paprika.
Normally I’m not a fan of regular thin gluten-free sandwich bread. But, just like the french toast, the batter is so fabulous that the bread gets light, fluffy, and full of flavor. You would never know it’s gluten-free. You do need to eat the bread soon after it’s made, because it does dry up like most other gluten-free products.
I am excited to hear what you think of this French onion soup!
Disclaimer: I am an ambassador for Massel. But, my opinions are my own.
Vegan French Onion Soup
This vegan French onion soup tastes just like the conventional version. The secret is an incredible blend of broth and other ingredients. Don't miss it.
- 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
- 2 1/2 pounds yellow onions, cut into 1/4-inch slices (4 medium)
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic (3 cloves)
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/4 teaspoon Celtic sea salt, plus more to taste
- 1 cup (240ml) red wine
- 8 cups (2l) Massel beef-flavored vegan broth (or vegetable broth)
- 3 tablespoons wheat-free tamari
- 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley, to serve
cheezy bread: (sauce makes 1 3/4 cups (440g))
- 3/4 cup (180ml) Massel vegetable broth
- 1 cup (140g) raw unsalted cashews, soaked
- 3/4 cup (56g) nutritional yeast
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, plus more to taste
- 1 teaspoon Celtic sea salt, plus more to taste
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon onion powder, plus more to taste
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder, plus more to taste
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
- Pinch of smoked paprika, plus more to taste
- 10 slices of gluten-free sandwich bread
- 5 tablespoons grapeseed oil
- In a large pot over medium heat, sauté the grapeseed oil, onions, garlic, thyme, bay leaf, and 1/4 teaspoon salt, and cook the onions for about 30 minutes until the onions turn golden brown, and caramelize. Add the wine to deglaze the pan, increase the heat to high, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium, and simmer uncovered for about 5 minutes until the wine has evaporated.
- Add the Massel beef-flavored broth, tamari, balsamic vinegar, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, increase the heat to high, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium, and simmer, uncovered, for about 15 minutes to allow the onions to melt into the broth and the flavors to mesh. Season with the remaining 1/4 pepper and salt to taste.
- To make the cheezy bread, set your oven on very low to the warm setting.
- Pour the Massel vegetable broth, drained cashews, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, salt, mustard, onion powder, garlic powder, pepper, and paprika into your blender, and blast on high for 30 to 60 seconds, until smooth and creamy.
- Pour the batter into a large shallow baking dish. In batches, place slices of bread into the baking dish on one side and soak for 8 to 10 seconds until coated evenly. Turn over for another 8 to 10 seconds until coated evenly.
- Into a small skillet (that fits two slices) or on a large griddle that holds all of the slices over medium heat, pour 1 tablespoon of grapeseed oil per two slices of coated bread and fry for about 2 minutes on each side until golden brown and crispy on the edges. The amount of time and oil required will depend on your skillet and stove. Resist the urge to use less oil, or the bread won’t get crispy. Transfer this first batch of bread to the oven to keep warm, and repeat the process, frying the remaining slices of bread, if doing so in batches. Keep the bread whole to serve on the side, or cut each slice into quarters or in tiny crouton-sized squares to place on top of the bowl.
- To serve, ladle the soup into bowls and top with cheeze bread, or serve family style at the table.