French Onion Soup

I remember when M and I were first searching for this recipe, we went through every french onion soup recipe on AllRecipes, looking for a healthy vegetarian one.  This happened to be the only one, actually, that fist the bill.  It uses vegetable broth, and has no butter.  Plus it's one of the most flavourful dishes that I have ever run across.  This soup is a timeless dish that I have made quite a number of times.  The hardest part is peeling the onion and garlic, especially if you have a garlic press to chop the garlic for you.  I love this soup because it's so simple and elegant, and onions are one of the most amazing foods that I have ever know.  Cheap, too!

French Onion Soup

Adapted from All Recipes

Serves 6

1 cup dry sherry
4 small onions, thinly sliced
9 cloves garlic, pressed
4 cups vegetable broth, or the equivilent in bullion
1 tbsp corn starch mixed with 2 tbsp water
Freshly grated salt and pepper, to taste
Parmesan, mozzerella, or some sort of cheese

Bring the sherry to a boil in a dutch oven, and then add the onions.  Saute for 10 minutes, until the onions are soft.  Add the garlic and cook for 5 minutes more, adding more sherry if it gets too dry.  Add the broth/bullion, and bring to a boil.  Simmer, covered, for 10 minutes.  Add the corn starch and water, cover, and simmer for 10 more minutes.  Serve, topped with salt and pepper and cheese.

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