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Vegan French Onion Soup Mise en Place

Vegan French Onion Soup

A few ingredients and a little time will provide you with this wonderfully rich tasting soup. All of the ingredients are probably in your kitchen right now.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr 50 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine French
Servings 4 -6


  • 1 T. Olive oil
  • 4-5 medium-sized onions sliced into thin rounds
  • 3/4 C. White wine dry, or substitute vegetable broth
  • 4 1/2 C. Water
  • 1/3 C. Shoyu
  • 2 T. Balsamic vinegar
  • 3 Sprigs fresh thyme
  • 4 cloves Garlic minced
  • Black pepper freshly ground
  • Sea salt to taste I didn't need any when I made it


  • Heat a heavy bottomed pot over medium high heat and add sliced onions.
  • Cook until softened about 20 minutes.
  • Cover the pot but leave slightly ajar. Cook in the oven at 350 degrees F until beginning to brown, about 40-50 minutes. Check periodically so the onions do not dry out completely.
  • Next, place back on the stove and cook until the onions caramelize and begin to break down. This will vary depending on your onions. When the mixture begins to stick deglaze the pan with the white wine.
  • Cook for a few minutes to pick up the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. This will give it the rich flavor and color you are looking for.
  • Add the water, shoyu, balsamic vinegar, thyme, garlic, and black pepper.
  • Heat this to a simmer and then cook for about 10-15 minutes.
  • Taste for salt and adjust to your liking.
  • Serve with a rustic bread with a vegan cheese slice broiled and bubbly. I used a whole wheat bread from the farmer's market with a slice of Follow Your Heart Pepper Jack cheese.
  • Bon Appetit!