The temps here finally dropped (we ran the heater this weekend!) and I figured it was a perfect time to try the soup. Especially since we're climbing back into the mid-80's later this week. Ugh. To stick with my diet, I searched and found a recipe on Weight Watchers.
French Onion Soup adapted from WeightWatchers.com
- 1 T butter
- 3 vidalia onions, cut in half and sliced thin (I used sweet yellow)
- 6 cups vegetable broth
- 1/2 cup dry red wine
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/4 t dried thyme
- 1/4 t black pepper
- grated Parmesan cheese (2 T per serving)
Now here is where I'm unsure. I wasn't a fan of the recipe. I was bland. Like really bland. I added more spices. And more pepper. And still...eh. I just didn't like it. Jason did, but I wanted it to taste exactly like the soup from Panera. And it didn't. So tonight I'm going for round two. We consumed most of the broth (what wasn't soaked up by onions) and I have a ton of onions left. I'm going to toss them back into the cast iron skillet and saute them until they are really brown and caramelized. Then I'm going to add in beef broth and not vegetable broth. And...we'll see. Wish me luck.