Soup Success: French Onion Vegetable Soup for KidsElizabeth Stark
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In Ratatouille‘s soup scene, Linguini’s bumbling ruins a soup, but with some quick additions on the fly, Remy is able to save it and, in fact, turn it into something better than it was to start. What this goes to show is that with cooking, even unlikely or unpromising ingredients can be turned into something delicious. This is definitely the case in my house where there are few things my children hate more than onions, but few soups they love more than French onion. French onion soup may seem like an unlikely meal for kids, but the caramelized onions that give the soup its character make for a wonderfully sweet and warming bowl.
Here, I’ve riffed on the classic French recipe and added a host of healthy fresh vegetables, which lend flavor and heartiness. Like most bowls of French onion soup, this one is topped with a slice of (multigrain) bread and a pinch of melty delicious Parmesan.
Vegetable French Onion Soup
serves six as a main dish
2 large onions, trimmed, peeled, and sliced 1/8 inch thin
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 cup diced celery
1 cup diced carrots
3 cups low-sodium beef broth
1 cup water
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, plus more for garnish
1/3 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
½ teaspoon black pepper
6 slices multigrain bread
6 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Heat a Dutch oven or a large saucepan over medium heat. Drizzle in 1 tablespoon olive oil. When the oil’s hot, add onion slices. Cook, stirring often, for 10 minutes. Add another tablespoon of olive oil, as well as the celery and carrots, to the pot. Continue cooking over medium heat, stirring often, for 15 minutes.
Pour in the beef broth and water. Bring to a boil and then quickly reduce heat to medium-low. Add the thyme and salt. Simmer for 20 minutes. Meanwhile preheat your broiler. After 20 minutes, finish soup with the pepper and balsamic.
Ladle soup into heatproof bowls. Top with a slice of multigrain bread and sprinkle each slice with one tablespoon Parmesan cheese. Place bowls on a rimmed baking sheet and slide under your broiler, heating just until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Garnish with thyme sprigs and serve immediately.
This recipe was inspired by the video for Remy’s Ratatouille with Poach Eggs from Disney’s new series Dishes Inspired by Disney. Check out the video below:
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