French Onion Soup

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I’m on a French cuisine kick these days.  Maybe it is in anticipation of an upcoming trip to Paris or maybe it is because I love French food.  I’m not certain which but I spent the day making onion soup.

Onions and bone broth make for a relatively low-calorie hearty soup option that makes a great supper for when I get home at night.  Easy to fix and filling, it is a perfect night-time meal option for me.  You might be thinking, how is french onion soup low calorie with all the bread and cheese?  I have my own special twist.  I use pecorino Romano shredded cheese and croutons.  It is a fraction of the cheese and bread you normally find used in onion soup and, yet, it gives you the taste you want.

Making the soup is a bit more than my traditional dump and run recipes so I tend to wait until I’ve got a kitchen project to make this recipe.

Slice six large onions and separate the rings

Melt butter in the bottom of a large stock pot until it foams, add the onion rings and coat.  Let cook on low until the rings are translucent.

Sprinkle with sugar, salt and thyme, bring to medium heat and cook until the onions are caramelized.

Add three tablespoons of flour  and one teaspoon dry mustard and cook for three minutes.

Stir in eight cups of bone broth, half a cup sherry and 3 teaspoons of lemon juice.  Cook for several hours.

Season with salt and fresh ground pepper to taste.

Serve with croutons and pecorino Romano cheese.

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Taco Soup

I’m a soup girl.  There is nothing I enjoy more for dinner after a hard day at work than a bowl of homemade soup.  I enjoy cooking and I find it is better for me generally than fast food. I’ve also received a push in that direction from my doctor who encourages me to avoid the center of the grocery store and opt for fresh foods on the exterior of the market.  Of course if I want homemade soup, this means I have to make the soup to have it for dinner.  I have a number of “go to” recipes for soup and in the fall and winter, I tend to make a large pot of something on Sunday, sometimes Saturday, to have for the week ahead or to stock the freezer.

IMG_8926One of my “go to” soups is taco soup.  It is on the low-calorie side of things, tastes, and so simple to make.  I put it in the dump and run category of recipes.

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Three chicken breasts

Two large cans diced tomatoes

Two small cans of black beans

Package of frozen corn, preferably white or silver queen or two small cans corn drained

Half a cup taco seasoning

Half a cup ranch dressing mix, dry

Two cartons chicken stock

Salt and pepper to taste.

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I use a La Creuset stock pot to cook my soup. Poach the chicken breasts in half a carton of chicken stock.  Remove the breasts and let cool.  Shred the chicken and set to the side.  In the stock pot, add the tomatoes and remaining chicken stock, the taco seasoning and dry ranch dressing mix, stir and let simmer for two hours.  Drain one can of black beans and add to the pot.  Add the remaining can of beans with juice and the corn.  If you elected to use canned corn, drain and rinse the corn before adding to the pot.  Add in the chicken and bring to a boil.  After reaching a boil, reduce to low and let cook at least another hour, preferably two.  Then enjoy!  I enjoy it “plain” but you can also top with shredded cheese, sour cream or tortilla strips.

Post Script:  This soup freezes well.  I divide it into small quantities and freeze it for lunch when I want to take something for those busy days at work or for dinner after one of those days.

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