Crock Pot French Onion Soup // Video

>> Saturday, February 6, 2016

A recipe! Better yet, a slow cooker recipe! This is a soup that we make relatively frequently. You know, when we get sick of all the Pumpkin Chili and Miso Split Pea Soup. It’s really simple. Really satisfying. Really tasty. And picky kids will give it a try if you pretend the onions are noodles. I share this tip from my own experience -- it works!


Would make a great Super Bowl dish, don’t you think? (And I'm not trying to be cute. I genuinely, positively have NO IDEA who is playing this year. Guess I should quickly figure out my team allegiance before the kickoff.)

Here’s a video, and there’s a brief recipe below with some notes on bread baking, etc.

BTW: I am going to do a whole review on my Aroma Rice Cooker (plus it's a steamer AND slow cooker -- all in one!). I love it. I LOVE IT.


What you’ll need . . . 
  • 3 large onions, cut into circles
  • 1/4 cup Earth Balance or butter (or some oil)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup Fre alcohol-removed champagne (or cooking wine, beer, etc.)
  • 8 cups vegetable stock
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
Method . . . 
  1. Combine onions with Earth Balance, sugar, and balsamic vinegar. Cook on high for one hour, stirring occasionally.
  2. Then add in the flour and garlic powder. Let soak in a few minutes.
  3. Add in the champagne, stock, salt, and pepper. Then cook for 6 hours on low. More if you have the time. (Note: I cooked mine between 4 and 6 hours on my Aroma cooker’s slow cook setting, which I assume is high -- worked really well).
My soup recipe is mostly riffed off Tyler Florence's French Onion Soup. Just lazier and vegan (yeah -- the soup itself is vegan, so you can try to top it with vegan cheese if you like!). Then all you need to do is make yourself some easy French Bread (I used THIS recipe), cut into smallish pieces, and plop it into the bowl.

Top everything with Swiss or Gruyere cheese.

Broil until browned and bubbly.


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