You guys. Because my fabulous husband went to the store just ONE MORE TIME, I get to bring you this delicious Creamy Onion Soup. I also get a delicious lunch tomorrow on my day off. My husband-he is a saint. A true saint.
I have to tell the truth. It was a tough weekend. I went to the cabin planning on making a few dishes for the blog. It was a very cold weekend, and I had planned on staying inside, cooking and photographing. I had a very clear vision. Very specific recipes I wanted to make. Specific timing to capitalize on my weekend away . Specific photos I wanted in specific lighting at specific times of day. None of it went as planned. The soup was too lumpy. The casserole was too runny. The cookie dough was too dry. The light was too harsh. I wanted to cry. Leftovers went into the trash. I went to bed early.
All of the recipes I made were edible, and in fact we ate them for lunch and for dinner. They just were not what I had in my mind. Not as good as they could be. And not what I wanted on the blog.
I woke up the next morning with a headache. My husband, who has been sick this week, had a bottle of advil on his side of the bed, and was willing to share. He got up to let the dog out so I could try to sleep just a few more minutes. When I did get up, I felt some of my energy return. I asked him if he might want to go to the grocery store so I could have another go at the Creamy Onion Soup I had in my mind, fully waiting for him to tell me to forget it. After all he had been at the store the day before. AND he was sick.
But, despite not feeling well, he went to our little small town grocery store to pick up more ingredients. So I could get back to bringing my soup to life. What a guy.
And this time was the charm for the Creamy Onion Soup. Yep, this time I got it right. The thickness, the richness, the flavor. The soup that I had envisioned in my mind was now in my bowl. My husband agreed, it was worth the morning trip in the frigid cold. Better yet, I am hoarding the left overs, and that means lunch tomorrow is also going to be fantastic!
Some of you may remember the Walkabout Soup at Outback Steakhouse. It used to be my favorite soup, but several years ago they took it off of the menu. And then they closed the Outback Steakhouse in my suburb. So no more Outback and no more Walkabout Soup. I think that this was the soup in my head when I was trying to develop this Creamy Onion Soup. Is it identical? I don’t think so. But it does have all of that creamy, onion-y goodness that I loved. It might actually be better.
I’m already wondering how long I have to wait before I can make it again. I don’t think a week is unreasonable. Hope my husband is willing to run back to the grocery store!
- 4 Tablespoons butter
- 4 cups yellow onions, thinly sliced and halved
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup white wine
- 8 cups chicken stock
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- ½ teaspoon ground thyme
- 1 cup heavy cream
- ¾ cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
- Italian parsley, chopped for garnish
- Cheddar cheese, shredded for garnish
- Scallions, finely chopped for garnish
- In a dutch oven, melt butter until foaming.
- Add onions, salt and pepper, and sauté for 4-5 minutes until soft and translucent.
- Pour white wine over onions and cook for an additional 2 minutes until wine is reduced.
- Add chicken stock, Worcestershire sauce and thyme.
- Bring soup to a boil and then turn down heat to low.
- Simmer for 30 minutes, uncovered.
- In a small bowl, whisk flour and cream until thickened into a paste.
- Add paste to soup and gently whisk until fully incorporated.
- Continue to simmer until the soup is thickened, approximately 10 minutes.
- Remove from heat and add Monterey Jack cheese, stirring until melted.
- Garnish with Italian parsley, cheddar cheese and/or scallions.
- Serve and enjoy.