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Vegan French Onion Soup

  • Author: Chuck Underwood
  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cook Time: 60 min
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Category: Soups
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: French
  • Diet: Vegan


By fan request, I made a classic winter soup with a history as rich as its flavor. This vegan french onions soup is the perfect soup for those cold winter nights. 


Units Scale
  • 3 lbs of yellow onions
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/4 c. cooking sherry (or dry white wine)
  • 5 cups water (plus more for sauteeing the onions)
  • 1 1/2 Tbs organic Better than Bouillion veggie base
  • 0.5 oz dried shiitake mushrooms (optional)
  • 3-4 sprigs fresh Thyme (5g or 3/4 tsp)
  • 2 Tbs low-sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 French baguette
  • vegan cheese (optional)


  1. Prepare onions by slicing them in half from root to tip, then removing the skins
  2. Thinly slice the onions from root to tip and add them to a large Dutch oven
  3. Add 1/4 cup of water and saute on medium heat for 30-45 min, stirring often and adding water as needed. 
  4. Meanwhile, cut the baguette into 3/4" slices and toast in a toaster, toaster oven, or in a 350° F oven until browned.
  5. Also, prepare broth by bringing 5 cups of water to a boil, adding the dried mushrooms and veggie base, stirring well, then removing from the heat.  
  6. Once the mushrooms have become rehydrated they can be removed, diced, and added back to the broth
  7. Stir the minced garlic into the onions
  8. When the onions have browned. deglaze the pan with the sherry, being sure to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan
  9. Tie the thyme sprigs into a small bundle
  10. Add the broth, thyme, and soy sauce and mix well.  
  11. Continue to simmer on med heat for another 15-20 min. 
  12. Ladle into oven-proof crocs (if using cheese), topped with a baguette toast, and top with vegan cheese
  13. Broil until cheese has melted and serve
  14. If not using cheese, ladle into bowl and top with toast and serve

Keywords: vegan French onion soup