1n a 12 inch non stick frying pan, cook the onions with the oil over medium low heat until they are a deep golden brown. Stir often and keep an eye on the onions, it will take about 45 minutes to get the onions nice and caramelized.
2After the onions are nice and deep brown, transfer them to a pot with 4 cups of water, 1 sprig of thyme, and 1 can of beef broth. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Slice your French (or Freedom) bread in thick slices and toast the bread in a 450 degree oven until lightly toasted. Leave the oven on because you’ll be baking that soup in there soon enough.
3Get some oven proof bowls and place them on a baking sheet (this will make it easier to transfer the soup into and out of the oven) and fill the bowls ¾ full with the soup. Place your now toasted French (or Freedom) bread on top of the soup, pressing it slightly down into the liquid. Top with the shredded cheese. Bake the soup in the oven until the cheese is bubbling and starting to brown.
This soup is an equally wonderful way to use up all the leftover veggie odds and ends in your fridge, or to celebrate the freshest produce in season by buying it specifically for the dish (and if you get a CSA box, it can serve both purposes). Whatever vegetables you use, this is an easy, nutritious, and delicious meal, and endlessly customizable. Fresh pesto makes a great, vibrant garnish, but you could also simply sprinkle on a bit of grated Parmesan and cracked black pepper.
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Softened vegetables, including onions and bell peppers, amped up with spices like chili powder, cumin, oregano, and cayenne, form the base of this tortilla soup. Chicken broth and tomatoes are added, along with soft corn tortillas that meld into the liquid to make a hearty, thick meal. Finally, shredded chicken is stirred in, and everything is garnished with crunchy tortilla strips, sour cream, shredded cheese, and scallions (avocados, pickled jalapeños, and cilantro would all work too).
Easy Lentil Soup
This easy lentil soup is healthy, filling, and delicious. It happens to be vegetarian, too, and is packed not only with tender yet toothsome lentils, but carrot, celery, onion, spinach, and tomato. A little bay leaf, fresh thyme, and a splash of red wine or sherry vinegar perks everything up. Perfect with a loaf of good, crusty bread!
Classic Tomato Soup
This comforting tomato soup is super easy and super delicious. Canned San Marzano tomatoes marry with soft, sautéed onions and garlic, a pinch of red pepper, and chicken broth to create a soothing, savory bowl. Finished with a bit of cream, this is begging for a grilled cheese sandwich on the side. But really, it tastes great with lots of things, as well as on its own (though a basil and Parmesan garnish doesn't hurt).