Make Ahead

French Onion and Endive Soup

January 27, 2014
5 Ratings
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

The endives looked beautiful today at the market, so I picked them up, along with some beautiful fresh spanish onions. Simple to make, delicious and homey. —Sasha

What You'll Need
  • 2 spanish onions, thinly sliced into 1/2-moons
  • 2 endives, thinly sliced into 1/2-moons
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander seed
  • 2 teaspoons rosemary (dried or fresh)
  • 1 teaspoon thyme (dried or fresh)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine, good enough to drink
  • 2 tablespoons good balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon raw sugar
  • 3 cups low-sodium vegetable stock
  • 4 handfuls parmigiano reggiano cheese: grated
  • 1 piece parmigiano reggiano cheese: rind
  1. Prep! Thinly-slice onions and endives into 1/2-moons. Finely-mince 2 cloves of garlic.
  2. Preheat a soup pot with a thick bottom.
  3. Add butter, olive oil, and a moment later once the butter starts to melt, add the garlic.
  4. Once the garlic starts to work, add the onions and endives, salt and pepper; cook down on medium heat, always stirring, until they are very soft and caramelized but not burnt. (approx 7-10 minutes)
  5. Turn up the heat and add the white wine - cook it for a few minutes to get the alcohol out.
  6. Add balsamic vinegar, herbs, spices, and sugar, and let the mixture thicken and cook down on a medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. (approx 7-10 minutes)
  7. Add vegetable stock, and the RIND of the parmigiano reggiano cheese. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to simmer.
  8. Allow the soup to simmer for at least 10-15 minutes, but the longer the better! Always seasoning to taste.
  9. Serve. Each bowl should boast a handful of beautifully-grated parmigiano reggiano cheese, and a crack of black pepper.

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1 Review

Ariane April 5, 2022
Loved it, but I prefer to use gruyère cheese though.