French Onion Soup

Here in St. Louis there used to be a department store called Famous-Barr (now Macy's) and their restaurant served iconic FOS. This comes pretty close.



4 large yellow onions, thinly sliced

2 cloves garlic, minced

6 cups vegetable broth

1/2 cup dry red wine (optional, can be replaced with more broth)

2 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1 bay leaf

Salt and pepper, to taste

4-6 slices of crusty sourdough bread

1 serving of stretchy cheese (recipe below)


  • In a large pot, add a bit of water or vegetable broth and heat over medium heat. Add the sliced onions and cook, stirring frequently, for about 20-25 minutes, or until the onions are caramelized. Add small amounts of water or broth as needed to prevent sticking.

    Add the minced garlic to the caramelized onions and cook for another 1-2 minutes. If using red wine, pour it in now to deglaze the pot, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom.

    Add the vegetable broth, soy sauce, thyme, and bay leaf to the pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 15-20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

    Toast the bread slices until they are crisp. This can be done in a toaster or in the oven.

    Preheat your oven's broiler. Ladle the soup into oven-safe bowls. Place a slice of toasted bread on top of each, and generously scoop on the vegan cheese.

    Place the bowls under the broiler for a few minutes, watching closely, until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Be careful as the bowls will be very hot.

    Remove from the oven and let sit for a couple of minutes before serving. Be cautious as the soup and bowls will be extremely hot.


    ¾  cup water
    ½  cup raw cashews
    1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
    2 tablespoon nutritional yeast flakes
    1 tablespoon cornstarch or arrowroot powder
    1/2 teaspoon salt

    • Add all of the ingredients to a blender and process on high until smooth.

    • Now, pour the mixture into a saucepan. Begin slowly heating and whisking together as it warms. Please do not walk away from the stovetop! It needs to be stirred constantly until you reach the desired stretchiness and may burn if you do not stay on top of it. 

    • Take off stove top and scoop in to your French Onion Soup bowls. 

    Thanks to Terri Edwards for your inspiration!


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